Great Heck Brewery was established in 2008 in the heart of the Selby coalfield, and has gained a reputation as one of the best brewers of cask and bottled ales in Yorkshire- by no means an easy task given the brewing history of the region. They proudly produce both traditional and excitingly modern beers with love and care. Each recipe is crafted by beer lovers, for beer lovers.
Allegedly this brewery started as a side project that got a little out of hand, and I’m glad it did! And the brewery won World’s Best Label at the 2014 World Beer Awards thanks to artwork by Richard Norgate.
Champion Strong beer CAMRA Huddersfield 2012; SIBA North silver medal 2012 in Premium Strong Beers category. Strong IPA with a blend of US hops – Citra, Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo. Strong West Coast USA influence, low bitterness, tons of fruity flavours and aromas balance a solid malt backbone. Dangerously drinkable.
Well. This is 3 weeks in a row that I’ve featured an IPA, and for that I do apologise, however I do not apologise for giving some screen time to the Yakima IPA from Great Heck Brewing Company. The others were Little Wild and Abdominal Stoneman in the recent weeks.
At 7.4% ABV this is a big beer for me, however I didn’t think that the alcohol was overpowering the flavour. There’s a richness to the malt flavour which I particularly enjoy, and the hops were interesting, intriguing, delicious and delightful which was a relief as so many “hop bomb” IPAs nowadays are way over the top for my taste. I can see why this beer has won awards, because it has done everything very well, and it has executed brilliantly.
One to enjoy- just not too many in a row at 7.4%!