Moor have become fairly regular at the Grove in recent weeks and some of their beers have been excellent but yesterday I encountered one of the best. It is one of those strange hybrids that call themselves 'black IPA', which I think is a contradiction in terms, but that aside, their 'Illusion' is a superb version of the style.
Even though it is black, obviously, there is plenty of hop flavour in the glass, and none of the overpowering dark malts that sometimes appear in beers of this type. It is 4.3% which is a sensible drinking strength and very moreish. (or should I say 'Moorish'!).
Moor are a southern brewery who seem to be going down the route of hoppy rather than malty beers and their beers are well worth seeking out. In fact, I didn't have to look far for another, their 3.8% 'Revival' was at the other end of the bar. Not as distinctive as the 'Illusion' but a good session bitter.
The black IPA seems to be a feature at the Grove recently, with Thornbridge 'Raven' and 'Thornstar '(a collaboration between Thornbridge and Dark Star) all appearing. If you have never tried one, give it a go, I am sure you will not be disappointed.