After being tantalised by the pump clip behind the bar at The Star all week, Mallinsons 'Let There be Hops' finally made it to the bar at 6pm on Saturday. The wait was well worth it. A 5.3% beer, that does what it says on the clip. A light, massively hopped beer, full of intense Nelson Sauvin flavour and very very moreish. It is rare to see a beer of this strength gain such universal approval, but it managed it. No one I spoke to had anything other than praise for it.
It was first spotted at the Harlequin festival in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago, Dave 'Unpronounceable's' 30th birthday bash. He helped Tara brew it and suggested the strength and the hops used I believe - his is the face on the pump clip. There was another version especially for the festival, 'Let There Be More Hops' which, judging by the amount of hops in the original version, must have been one of the hoppiest beers of the year.
As I have said before, Mallinsons just go from strength to strength as a brewery and Tara can successfully turn her hand to all sorts of beer. Her latest offering is another mild, 'Marina Mild' which will be a totally different beast to the previous one and no doubt equally as good. If you have not tried a Mallinson's beer yet, what are you waiting for ?