And so I plough on through covid lockdown hoppy beers from LIDL. Today we have Circadian from Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire. The brewery is heading towards its 50th birthday so they've been around a while. I have a particular fondness for them just because the boar that appears on all their beers remains me of Porcellino, the pig statue in Florence. Tradition states that if you stroke the pigs nose you'll return to the Tuscan capital. I can tell you that this works. Anyway this has nothing at all to do with Circadian beer, but as this is a beer and travel site/blog I thought I'd take the chance to mention it.
Circadian comes in a 500ml bottle featuring the aforementioned boar. It proclaims itself to be the Every Day IPA, 'a hoppy full flavoured session Indian Pale Ale.' The 4.5% alcohol content pretty much backs up the session claim, so no problems there, but as a dark beer enthusiast this will have to go some to have me drinking it everyday. The beer pours a very lively golden blond, but the head dies away surprisingly quickly, which is a shame because it initially looked quite good.
The aroma is no doubt very familiar to regular IPA drinkers as there's plenty of hops and lots of citrus in there. I don't know I guess I've had a lot of citrus IPA's for one reason or another lately so this all feels a bit samey so far. There's nothing wrong with a citrus based IPA in principle, but I'm hoping for something a little more unique in my beers these days, and this doesn't feel like it will be. Ah well it's open now so I really should get on with drinking it.
The texture is light and refreshing as you'd expect for this type of beer. There's the expected citrus taste with some grapefruit coming through which is a nice touch. Circadian is certainly quite heavy on hops, and there's a bit of a twang as a result. As a pretty cheap bottle this does everything you'd expect of an everyday IPA, but that's all it is. Everything is blended reasonably well, and Ringwood certainly know how to produce a decent beer, even if it is a little on the underwhelming side, I guess that's the nature of an everyday drink though. I'm going to give Circadian from Ringwood Brewery 5.5 out of 10. It's a slightly above average IPA, plus it reminds me of happy days in Florence.