Thai undeground craft beer; Eleventh Fort

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Eleventh Fort IPA
6.4% abv from Samutprakan.
This beer poured with lots of yeast sediment and a bit of trub material.
Lively with a four finger head.

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Colour; old,stained brass/copper,near brown but with hints of orange. Some haze that never cleared.
The head receded to a moussey two and a half fingers with small tighly packed bubbles.

Aroma; resinous hops and toffee,some crystal malt and intense Chinook/Columbus hops(a guess on my part).
Faint cracker-like malt aroma creeps out from behind the hop nose.
As the beer warms,a little diacatyl?

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Taste; medium-full body with some crystal malt sweetness.
Pine,dank and Cascade like taste on the tail end.
A touch of alcohol warmth.
The bitterness is not huge by any stretch of the imagination,but just enough to balance the malt and body.
The bittering charge clings to the palate a little,but the aroma and taste are quite short lived. The flavour of the hops is almost teasing in it’s quick dissapearing act.

I never thought I would see the day that a Thai brewer put out such a good attempt at an IPA,even if it is an illegal underground one.
As far as I know, Eleventh Fort only started up,selling, in 2015 and I eagerly await more from them.

Big thanks go out to NanTon’s house bar in Chiang Mai for this bottle.

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Chiang Mai craftbeer

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This is Chiang Mai Beer’s Red Truck IPA,bought from NamTon’s House bar.
They are kind of one and the same.
This beer weighs in at 5% alcohol,is brewed in Laos by CMB and then imported to Thailand by Mountain Brewer,who are also CMB under a different name.
It is Chiang Mai’s first craftbeer and the brewer could not be more proud. Rightly so!

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Colour: pours deep golden with a one finger head and a little haze.
It seems to be force carbonated. The head dissipates quite quickly,but clings to the glass.

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Aroma: a hint of peach/peach melba yoghurt and lychee.
Reisinous hops,reminding me of Simcoe and Chinook.
A hint of freshly cut grass.

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Taste: very clean,slightly bready,grainy malt backbone.
Nice smooth,yet assertive bitterness,with citrus,peach and a little hop dankness.
Mouthfell is very smooth,with  low-ish carbonation,in the style of an English IPA,rather than a US example.
There is a hint of ginger mid-palate,which is quickly washed from the tongue along with the hops.
The finish is VERY clean, with only a little bitterness clinging to the back of the palate and sides of the tongue.
As the beer warms and I get further down the glass,the ginger and lychee become more prominent and the clarity improves.

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This is a very enjoyable and crushable,lower alcohol IPA, that has a VERY clean fermentation profile(US-05?).
I feel it lacks a little in aroma hops,but only as compared to the flavour.
Well done CMB and NamTon’s House bar.

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