Two great footballing nations with strong squad that could potentially reach the latter stages of the world cup. In addition to this, both countries are phenomenal producers of beer – I can’t really ask for more! Time for kick-off and ‘sip-off’!
Mandatory “Mind Control” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.99 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: England
- Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
- ABV: 8.0%
- Style: Double IPA
- Serving: Can, 500ml
Magic Rock Brewing are currently known as one of the best UK craft breweries. The can looked enchanting, with eye-catching swirling peach and orange colours, which complimented the name ‘Mind Control’. The beer poured a light hazy orange colour, similar to the lighter accents on the can. A slim foam head was produced, which settled at the side of the glass. The aromas were of stone fruit and resin. If I had missed the comment of ‘Double IPA’ on the can, or the whopping 8% ABV, I wouldn’t have been able to miss that this smelled like a strong beer!
Not only did it have a mesmerising name, it also had some wicked sounding malts;
- Golden Promise
- Torrified Wheat
- Pinhead Oats
- Malted Oats
With the addition of two oats used in the brewing process, a beautiful mouthfeel was prominent on tasting. I noticed this first before getting the full flavour profile. Often on sampling, the aromas and taste of a beer align – this certainly didn’t contradict that rule. Flavours (from strongest to weakest) were stone fruit, dank, resin, citrus, a hint of salt and a minimal bitter edge just at the end! The alcohol percentage was noted on tasting, but thankfully weren’t overpowering.
Rating: 3.75/5. ‘Mind Control’ has all but hypnotised me by promoting the main flavours I adore in an imperial IPA. A touch more citrus would be the only thing I could suggest in order to lift this beer to an even higher rating.
Mandatory “Troubadour Magma” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.73 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Belgium
- Brewery: Brouwerij The Musketeers
- ABV: 9.0%
- IBU: 45
- Style: Triple IPA
- Serving: Bottle, 330ml
I absolutely love Belgian beers. Each time I sample one, I’m instantly transported back to the most wonderful 25th birthday a guy like me could want – a city break to Brussels. It was here that I was able to fully embrace all things beer e.g. link the draught beer place off Brussels square. I picked up this beer from beersofeurope.co.uk.
I took ‘Magma’ from the fridge, the bright orange flame effect logo capturing the name perfectly. It wasn’t until this point that I noticed the brewery. The Musketeers were co-incidentally the brewers of my favourite beer from that holiday – ‘Jack’s Precious IPA’. ‘Magma’ poured a molten orange colour; unfortunately, I got a little complacent whilst pouring, so ended up with this foaming over the side and making a bit of a mess… I hoped my fiancée missed this, but I then heard a soft voice laugh “You screwed that up, didn’t you?”. Maybe I was just trying to reproduce a volcanic effect? Little aroma came from this beer: just some subtle hop notes. My main tasting notes were of caramel and orange. Mouthfeel was luxurious and silky. Despite the 45 IBU listed, I hardly noticed it at all! Not only did the IBUs go almost pass me by, but the ABV of 9% wasn’t overpowering – merely a light warmth on the sides of my tongue after a few sips.
Rating: 3.25/5. ‘Magma’ is a lovely triple IPA that I would happily have again. Given my previous experiences of this Brewery, I am looking forward to sample even more of their range!
Football: This game could have been considered a friendly. Both teams have qualified for the last 16 and it is almost academic regarding who placed 1st and 2nd. Both squads had significant changes to their starting line-ups and in spite of a “training game” atmosphere, a wonderful goal was created. Oh boy, I’m really enjoying “The Beer World Cup”, my main issue – why does it only last one month!