DELTA HOPS This hop variety is a relatively new kid on the block, having only been released in 2009 from the United States. It is fairly mild in aroma with a slight spicy, citrusy edge. It is from the Fuggle family of hops but has decidedly more kick, giving it that true American style. It is often found in American pale ales, IPAs and ESBs – Midtown Brewing has a Delta IPA, as does Brussels Beer Project. It also makes you sound like a badass saying the word Delta openly in bars. DUVEL One of Belgium’s great brewers, Duvel has been churning out the good stuff since 1871 and is exported to over 40 countries worldwide. The brewery has bought up a few of its competitors over the years as it has grown, such as Brasserie d’Achouffe, De Koninck and Boulevard Brewing Co to help increase its beer types and distribution. As well as the classic Duvel there are also Tripel Hop and Victory versions available of this strong, but fantastically rounded beer. A
DOPPELBOCK A Bock is a super strong German lager, and as the astute of you may have guessed, a Doppelbock is even stronger and more malty in flavour. With a full-bodied flavour and a darker colour than their single siblings, Dobbelbocks often have slight chocolate or roasted characteristics in their darker forms. The low end of the ABV is around 6 per cent and they top out at around 9 per cent. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely a hearty ‘meal in a glass’ for those into that sort of thing. DURATION Hopefully you read all about one of the most talked about breweries in the making in our last issue, but if you didn’t here is the quick 101. Duration will be a Norfolk, farmhouse-based brewery with the mad skills of American brewer Derek Bates, promising to deliver proper seasonal beers with terrior. The brewery will also have a pretty amazing looking taproom on site and is aiming to re-connect beer with its roots of natural ingredients. DIPA Sometimes also called imperial IPAs, DIPAs, or Double IPAs these are beers for those hop hungry drinkers among us. They are usually hop-centric in aroma and flavour and, as the name suggests, have a higher alcohol content than standard IPAs which is achieved by adding more malt. We are big fans of DIPAs (perhaps a bit too much on certain nights we can/can’t remember) and there are several breweries who know how to do them very well such as Cloudwater and To Øl.