I found this 440 can of Neipa by Stewart Brewing featuring in the LIDL beer festival and at less than £2 a can I'd have been mad not to give it a go. The brewery is based in Edinburgh and has a fairly impressive selection given that it's fairly new to the brewing game at less than 20 years old. The Neipa can is fairly pretty and just in case anyone doesn't know Neipa stands for New England IPA so you know what you're getting straight away. With a 5.3% alcohol content this is strong enough to have an effect, but not so strong you can only have a couple. So without further ado lets get on with the NEIPA beer review.
Neipa pours a cloudy almost peach colour which makes it appear like a much thicker beer than it is, which is a shame because the colour kind of got my hopes up. You'll get a thin white head which vanishes pretty quickly and a peachy, slightly grapefruit like aroma which pretty much matches the appearance. Prior to tasting everything made me believe this was going to be a full bodied fruity IPA with a bit of a kick, what it delivers on the other hand is much more subtle and smooth.
There's still a peachy taste, almost like a weak peach cordial, but there's not even a twang of grapefruit and no real hops or bitter taste of note. It's a beer that slides easily down the throat and somewhat masks it's 5.3% behind the subtle peach flavours. You could be forgiven if you ordered this at a bar and thought it had been somewhat watered down. All the taste the looks and scent promise just seem toned down which makes it difficult to judge as a beer.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Neipa, it tastes fine, but in many ways that just means it tastes bland and if you took away the alcohol content you could honestly sell it as a decent peach cordial. I'm not going to be too critical because I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go looking for it. So as is traditional in any beer review I best give Neipa from Stewart Brewing a score. I'll go 6/10 you wont be disappointed, you wont be elated, if you really like peach you might give it 7/10 but for me I'm just not really fussed and want a bit more taste in my tipple.