Viceroy India Pale Ale
After 6 six years in bottle and multiple awards, Viceroy IPA finally makes it into cask in 2016.
A true English IPA. The hops are Target and Progress grown from the National Trust’s Scotney Castle hop garden. The inspiration behind this beer, the Marquis Curzon of Kedleston, was a figure of enormous importance.
While Viceroy of India he restored the Taj Mahal. On his return to England he restored Tattershall Castle in 1911 and Bodiam Castle in 1916, both of which he left to the Trust. In his memoirs he wrote about a journey on horseback in India where he dreamt of drinking a beer: “At that moment I would have given a kingdom, not for champagne or hock and soda, or hot coffee but for a glass of beer”. This is a true India Pale Ale brewed with lots of hops to produce a golden ale, hoppy and bitter.
“Viceroy IPA is at the lower end of the abv spectrum at 5%, but its nose still grabs and then caresses with the musky, aromatic air of the hop sack (a common characteristic of Brit-IPAs perhaps). Orange-amber in colour, it also has a wilful orange marmalade nose, which is very reminiscent of said marmalade spread on gently toasted white bread (fresh of course); there’s also the aforementioned hop sack come-hither. On the palate a deep orange Cointreau strike, hints of cherry brandy (and even almond paste), plus some mouth-warming alcohol notes — all toiling together to make my palate as happy as the proverbial Larry. The finish is long and dry with a crisp graininess. The difference from the likes of Goose Island (and Punk IPA) is there, noted and known, it being much more of a soulful beast than its brash transatlantic (or Alba) cousins. A sensuous beer then, though not backward in coming forward, a purring beast that is happy for you to drink lots before it pounces. Excellent.” – Adrian Tierney-Jones
“Westerham’s bottle-conditioned beer has a honey colour with spicy hops, wholemeal biscuits and plum fruit on the nose. Tart and peppery hops, chewy malt and ripe plum fruit fill the mouth while the finish is bitter and spicy. Hops dominate but there’s a fine balance of juicy malt sweetness and tangy fruit. Malt: high. Fruit: high. Hops: high.” Beer of the Month – November 2009 – Roger Protz
Top Ten Bottled Beers – Independent March 2010
Beer of the Month November 2009 – Roger Protz