I had been told of Abbeydale brewery's 'Hop Smash' but only expected to see it on cask, particularly with an abv of 7.4%, but I was impressed to see it on the bar in the Kings Head yesterday.
It is something special - and slightly unusual for the brewery. Firstly it is a collaboration, with Kuhnhenn Brewery of Michigan, and secondly it is a beer with additions. Let me explain.
It is an American style IPA and is packed with hops, but if that is not enough the brewers have given it a twist with fresh grapefruit juice and zest added at the end of fermentation. This give it a citrus twist to the hoppy notes, and leads to a dry, fruity finish.