I was sent these samples by Wetherspoon's recently. They are stocking them in their UK pubs but...
I was sent these samples by Wetherspoon's recently. They are stocking them in their UK pubs but they will also be bringing them to Ireland when they start opening here very soon.
I had these in reverse order of how they are shown.
Bengali Tiger is bitter but still balanced IPA. It's slightly on the watery side, lacking the chewy body you get in many American IPAs but this doesn't detract from the beer, it simply makes it easier to drink. Expect a lot of orange, pine resin and a little tropical fruit.
Sweet Action is the younger brother to Bengali Tiger. It's 5.2% versus the 6.4% of Bengali Tiger. It's a very similar beer with the same orange, pine resin and tropical fruit notes. The only real difference is a little less aroma.
The Crisp is their 5.4% lager. It's a peachy little number but slightly lacking the promised "crisp". In fact it was a much bigger bodied beer than I was expecting. Slightly watery but big bodied at the same time. The result is a very pleasant and easy drinking lager with hints of peach and lemon.
So there we have it, three decent American beers will be available from Wetherspoon's in Ireland when it opens. Not quite the best American beers out there but I certainly wouldn't say no if the price is right and that's supposed to be the deal with spoons, the price is supposed to be right. We shall see how that goes.