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Truman’s After Hours White IPA

Truman’s is in my blood. At one point almost half my family were working for the original Truman Brewery. The more I learn about this though the more I’m not so sure Truman’s were proud my family worked for them! Stories of dodgy going ons and a few five-finger empties pick ups!! Luckily my families previous wrong doings hasn’t affected my relationship with the new Truman’s of today.

Two words that always spring to mind when I talk about Truman’s beers are consistency and balance. Their core beers are always on good form no matter where I seem to drink them, their March-April special Budburst was super juicy on cask when I had it the other week and Gunboat Smith Black IPA was up there in my top 5 cask beers of last year. Personally I think their beers appeal to both traditional and newer drinkers but maybe don’t always push the boundaries or be overly experimental with their new beers. That has changed, I was invited down to The Birdcage to try their new experimental project, After Hours and their first beer under this project, White IPA.

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It was the first time I had visited The Birdcage, which is part of the Draft House collection of venues. It has a classic community pub feel and look (it was once a Truman Brewery owned pub as you can see from the classic Truman’s sign sitting above the entrance), but with a craft beer touch up. The selection of beers was good, both cask and keg including Cloudwater, Siren, Lagunitas Brewing Co and of course Truman’s.

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Under the After Hours Series Truman’s are experimenting with different styles of beer which will appeal to a crowd who like to mix up their different beers. It’s a real company project which includes all of the company staff coming together and creating a new beer.

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The 5% White IPA is like a love child of an American IPA and a German Weissbier. It was so incredibly easy drinking. Brewed with 40% Wheat / 60% Barley, Halltertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, Summit, Amarillo and Columbus hops. It had that smooth IPA flow with a typical German clove and banana wheat beer flavour finish, making it a very refreshing beer. It was well-balanced and all came together well and even had that slight tongue tingling feeling from the bitterness.

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There’s going to be more releases over the up and coming months and I’m excited to see what Truman’s brew. I was also lucky to get a sneak preview taste of the new Truman’s lager which is set to be released soon, it was smooth, slightly sweet biscuity middle with a dry clean finish and I think it’s going to be a real hit. Keep your eyes open for it!

I was invited down to The Birdcage and had a couple of free After hours White IPA, I also bought some too, however I don’t think this effected my opinion on the beer

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