A brewery not often seen in our area is Red Squirrel, who have been brewing since 2004 in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. I was intrigued when their 'Hopfest' appeared on the bar at The Star.
I have sampled it before, but had forgotten how good it is. It weighs in a sensible 3.8% and is a pale ale, which is packed with New World hops. These are predominant from the first to the last with plenty of 'nose' and plenty of mouthfeel, often not found in a beer of its strength.
It is full of fruity flavours, in fact to call it a fruit salad in a glass may not be an overstatement, and I can get hints of all sorts of citrus fruits in it. In fact, it is so good it won a bronze award at the 2013 SIBA festival. It may not last long at the Star, but if it is around again it is certainly one beer worth trying, (unless you want to travel to Hertfordshire to try it!)