As you may recall from my last post, we got a bit carried away at Canopy Beer Co and tried ten beers. Or, as Kamala and Jane said, nine beers and one snakebite/Ribena. We dissected the first six last week, now it’s time for the final four and the all-important ambience score.
777 Red Rye Ale
Julie (JF): [By this point we had tried a lot of sweet beers] This is sweet, but in a less offensive way than the Troy Town Saison, I think because it’s smooth. I wouldn’t mind a pint. 6/10
Jane (JM): I like how smooth it is but it’s just too perfumed for me. 5/10
Kamala (KHB): Super smooth. It feels like I could gulp it down (and apparently she did because her next comment was “oh my God it’s almost gone!”) 8/10
Full Moon Porter
[At this point Kamala and I realised we have developed a taste for porters and discussed this at length.]
JF: Maybe it’s just an absence of dark beers today, but I think this is really good. It has a nice smokey flavour but slips down easily. 8/10
JM: I’m not a huge porter fan but I like this one, maybe because it doesn’t taste too strong. 7/10
KHB: Porters are growing on me! I blame this blog, or maybe it’s just that I haven’t had a coffee today. 8/10
Pure Session IPA
JF: I don’t know what Canopy do with their hops but they seem to have mastered the art of making an IPA without a hugely bitter aftertaste. I’m a fan. 7/10
JM: It’s a bit too hoppy for me, which takes away from what I think could have been a good flavour. 6/10
KHB: Excellent beer, good mix of flavours and doesn’t taste like I’m chewing on a hop. 8/10
JF: Very sweet, with weird citrus notes which I think are meant to cut through the sweetness but just don’t really work. You can’t really taste how alcoholic this is either 9it’s 9%) so it’s dangerous. 2/10
JM: I didn’t know that Ribena had branched out into beer. This is for children, shame about the 9% alcohol content. I do quite like it though, in a Smirnoff Ice kind of way. 4/10
KHB: This is snakebite. Stop marketing it as beer. 1/10
JF: As the cinema ratings would say, mild threat (of being drenched by the water collecting in the gazebo-style roof). Good music and a nice space generally, although more tables would be appreciated. 8/10
JM: The seating design leaves a bit to be desired. I enjoyed the pumping beats but not the imminent threat of drowning. 6/10
KHB: Good music, good bar staff, and I like that the beers are brewed here, but I’m being attacked by a direwolf tail. I’m not sure what to do. 9/10
For more information on Canopy, go to http://www.canopybeer.com/.
Next time on Beers and Bouts, the Great South London Brewery Crawl continues with Bullfinch Brewery.