December 14, 2013 by 250 Beers
A couple of bottles of Sail & Anchor’s second limited release, Devil Dodger IPA (5.9%), arrived at 250 Beers HQ in November. They went straight into my beer fridge and it is there they sat patiently waiting to be opened and poured into my mouth…just like every good beer should. NOvemBEER was in full swing though. F*ck.
They waited and waited and waited.
Then, BAM! Day nine of my giant beer advent calendar and one of them made an appearance. Praise be.
Devil Dodger has been around for a few months now. In fact, Sail & Anchor released their third limited edition beer before I had the chance to try Devil Dodger. It’s an 11.0% barleywine called Changing Tides so I’m playing catch-up.
Anybody that follows my blog and possesses a good memory may recall that the very first limited release beer from Sail & Anchor didn’t float my boat (get it?). I found Jack Tar, an imperial stout, to be a bit nothingy. It just wasn’t what I was expecting from a supposed big stout.
It was going to take some special effort from the brewers at Sail & Anchor to convince me that these special releases are worthy of some praise and my dollar…and then I got sent Devil Dodger…for free. So, the least I can do is put into a few words what I thought of it.
I’ll be honest I was sceptical when I opened the bottle on that ninth day of advent. It’s an IPA – a favoured style – so I was desperately hoping that it would be worthy of a pour into my Spiegelau IPA glass.
Devil Dodger pours a nice shade of golden amber but there’s not too much of a head on show despite a lively pour. On the nose is an immediate citrus blend of orange and grapefruit and backed up with wet grass.
It was shaping up well. It was inviting.
Sweetness and a balanced, light bitter tang makes this a very easy-going IPA and very drinkable too. I was quite impressed.
I’m not sure if I was appeased due to my low critique of Jack Tar. Maybe my bad opinions of the stout left nowhere for my feelings on Sail & Anchor to go? Perhaps the only way was up?
No, actually, I don’t think that’s the case. I genuinely think this is a decent IPA. Sure, it’s no hop-bomb for the hop-heads but it does have flavour, body and balance and is very approachable.
Nice one Sail & Anchor. This is your best yet.