8 wired tall poppy india red ale 7%

Almost a decade ago, this was one of my most important gateway beers into the world of the hoppy and strong, so seeing it back on shelves is a real blast of nostalgia for me.  Toasty and malty on the nose, with caramelised grains and stone fruit hop aroma.  Initially sweet and rich on the palate, with more chewy caramel and stone fruit, balanced by a big and bold bitterness that sweeps up all those rich flavours and finishes dryer than you would have thought possible at 7.0% abv.  A big, satisfying proto-red IPA that still stands tall a decade later.