Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Beers Of London Series
37. The Five Points Brewing Co - Red Rye 6.0% Trial Brew
Time to get back to the Beers Of London Series after a brief holiday. I have been fortunate enough to visit a few breweries, attend City Of Ale in Norwich and have a weekend in Brussels in the last fortnight so I've hardly been slacking, far from it, but it's good to get back to drinking some London brews.
This is the first time I've featured a beer from The Five Points Brewing Company and I've found fairly little information about them online. Established this year (2013) and named after the five point junction where Dalston Lane, Amhurst Road and Pembury Road meet which is near to the brewery. It's another 'railway arch' based brewery too, under Hackney Downs station, they state that they have a commitment to 'high quality, flavoursome and interesting beers', which sounds pleasing enough. They will have some of their beer at the London Vegan Beerfest in July, but I was lucky enough to get this bottle from Ales By Mail who have helped me an awful lot with this series. This Red Rye trial was brewed in April and contains Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe, an as that's about all that I've managed to find out thus far then I need to open the bottle.
It pours the most wonderful ruby red colour with some light brown and orange highlights, and a tight off-white head, it's an extremely attractive looking beer. The aroma leaps out of the glass with gorgeous cherry drop, orange peel, pineapple flesh and some blackberry in there for good measure. It's not that smooth over the tongue, rather it grips and tightens the taste buds and to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, it does not go gentle into the throat, rather it explodes with passion fruit, pineapple, basil, cherry and raspberry wine gums, and some light sticky toffee too. The finish has more berry fruit stickiness with a hint of balsamic vinegar and bourbon biscuit, it really is delicious.
If this is what The Five Point Brewing Company have done as a trial brew then it looks like they'll be fulfilling their commitment and will certainly be a brewery to keep an eye out for.