Honest Brew are a beer subscription service with a twist. They take a big extra step to make sure that you get exactly the beers that will suit your palate.
The Honest Brew process is to send you out a Taster Kit, then you tell them which beers you enjoyed, and they will send you 12 different craft beers every month, from all over the world, that match your tastes. This review covers the Taster Kit and gives you an idea of what you can expect to receive.
Beaverton Neck Oil Session IPA
This IPA comes in a yellow can adorned in various bearded skulls and some pyramid imagery reminiscent of the Knights of the Templar. It’s simply the lightest, palest IPA I’ve ever come across. It’s got enough umph about it to make you realise you’re not drinking a pale ale. It’s bursting with grapefruit taste without being too bitter. It has a long hop list – Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Galaxy, Vic Secret, Mosaic – leaving a complex but crisp taste.
Definitely a good session choice for both IPA and pale ale fans.
Howling Hops Running Beer
This is like more like an IPA than a brown ale. There’s a delicious caramel depth to the body and the hops give off a nice floral sweetness. It’s a good balance of a malty booty with a new world hop perfume. It’s a rounded taste, biscuity, and has a slight spicy finish. Nicely done.
The Wild Beer Co – Wild Goose Chase
A long, slender, goose neck bottle with a stag’s head up front delivers Wild Goose Chase, a “Farmhouse Pale + Gooseberry + Zingy” combination. It’s odd that the description up front doesn’t mention wheat because it’s most definitely a wheaty, wheat beer. I should point out that wheat beers aren’t my thing, which is no fault of the Wild Beer Co. If, however, you like the sound of a light wheat beer with a green, fruity tartness fermented by “own culture of wild yeast from local orchards”, then this will be right up your street.
Fourpure – Pils Lager
Fourpure’s Pils is a traditional German Pilsner, hopped with a blend of Hallertauer and Saaz and fermented with a classic Bavarian yeast. While I’m not really one for Pilsner, this was definitely refreshing and this would not go amiss on a hot summer’s day.
Buxton Brewery – Wild Boar
The beautiful citrusy aroma, the satisfying body of an IPA, the fruity punch and the perfectly balanced bitterness makes Wild Boar a wonderful find. It turned out to be a perfect accompaniment to my chicken, coriander and coconut curry. If I was indicating what, from my sample box, suited my taste, I’d be double ticking and circling this one. Delicious.
The Five Points Brewing Co – Railway Porter
I wish I loved Porters and Stouts. I think that it may be something that I develop a taste for in time but, just now, it’s just too dark, rich & bitter for me. This Porter is bursting with caramel, chocolate and rich coffee. The dark roast and toffee tastes are too much for me, but that’s fine. The whole point of this Taster Kit is that you try a wide selection of beers and get an idea of what you’d like more of.
And that’s a great idea. It’s far better to express a preference this way rather than ending up with 12 bottles and half of them just aren’t your thing. Honest Brew should be commended for this.