During my Government sanctioned essential shopping this week I stumbled across a new range of craft beers at my local Aldi.
The Hop Foundry have done a series a IPA’s available at Aldi so I gave four a try and I’ll let you know all about them below.
Spoiler alert, most of them aren’t good.
The Hop Stepper
Aroma- Light Hops
Taste- Hoppy, Thin
The first of the IPA’s I tried, and I must say it didn’t get off to a good start. Barely any taste whatsoever. A very thin mouth feel, hardly a hint of hops, a bit disappointing the it’s called The Hop Stepper. The beer was in fact so bland there really isn’t much I can say about it, apart from, unfortunately it does get worse than this.
If you’re desperate, maybe give it a go, it is pretty cheap, but I would avoid.
The all Important Food and Beer Blog Rating- 38%
Hop Till You Drop
Aroma- Barely any Hops
The second I tried, and boy if I thought it couldn’t get any worse I was very worry. No taste, no mouth feel, may as well have been drinking Carling. Do not buy this beer, it is genuinely one of the worst beers I have ever had the displeasure of drinking. Aldi need to rethink this one.
The all Important Food and Beer Blog Rating- 9%
Shake The Tree Orange IPA
Colour- Golden Straw
Aroma- Orange, Bergamot, Hops
Taste- Bitter, Orange
At least it wasn’t as bad as Hop till you Drop. The aroma was lovely, the smell reminded me of Kronenbourg Blanc, which avid readers will know is once of my favourite beers! Again the beer didn’t really have a lot of taste, very thin in the mouth but at have some taste, it was quite bitter with hops and you could taste a bit of orange. At 99p you can’t be super disappointed but I was a bit.
The all Important Food and Beer Blog Rating 30%
Push Pineapple Milkshake IPA
Colour- Golden Copper
Aroma- Pineapple, Hops, Sweet
Taste- Hops, Pineapple, Sweet
At This point I had given up hope, this was my last beer to try and I did not high expectations based on my evening so far. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This was one of the best IPA’s I have ever had. Really well balanced, although a little on the sweet side, great pineapple flavoured and a great amount of hops. I would 100% recommend heading to your local Aldi to give this one a go, you won’t regret it!
The all Important Food and Beer Blog Rating 87%