Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Durham White Magic IPA

I've always been a fan of Durham's beers, and White Magic IPA does nothing to dissuade me from that view. Magic (or White Magic, as the website and small print on the label says) weighs in at a respectable 7%abv and certainly drinks it; the golden - hued body is robust, well-rounded and sweet. However, this bulk is offset by a really well-balanced bitterness; clean, green and rising, and pleasantly assertive.
There's not much going on in the nose to suggest anything other than a decently hopped strong golden ale, but don't let that put you off if you're a self-confessed US-Style Hophead. This IPA may be hopped with unfashionable Goldings (no US C-Hops here!), but there's loads of them and balance in abundance. The beer was in excellent condition, with a lasting, thick head, and it's not only one of the best beers I've tried from Durham, it's one I'm going to go back out and buy more of.


Mark Dredge said...

Sounds good! I do like Durham beers, I'd just like to be able to drink more of them!

Alistair Reece said...

I wonder if Durham can be found here in this nigh on Goldings free wilderness????

In all seriousness though, Durham make wonderful beers and I hope I can find this.

arn said...

well thats another of their beers on my wish list. its getting rather long now!

Leigh said...

All - do. It's a lovely beer.

BeerReviewsAndy said...

i'm a big fan of durham, luckily there's a little shop a few miles walk away that sells their full range!!

got a bottle of the magic in the cupboard, had the st cuthbert ipa a couple of days ago and that was pretty tasty stuff too.

dredgie - if u want durham beers let me know im sure we can arrange a north/south beer swap as theres a few from down there i wanna try

BeerReviewsAndy said...

Nice one, I'm a big fan of Durham beers, not had this yet, got a bottle in the cupboard yet, had st cuthberts ipa earlier thats tasty too.

Luckily there's a little shop a few miles walk along the beach that's started selling the full range. Happy days

Dredge if u fancy a swap sometime I'll get u some in return for some of ur soft southern beers

Rob of Ilkley said...

Durham dont know how to do a bad beer. This one sounds delicious.

Its a bit out of Leeds, but if you are out in the Dales then drop into the Narrow Boat in Skipton. They are very likely to have a Durham Beer on, Spike from the Pub is a big fan.

Leigh said...

Andy; sorry for the duplication - will out that St cuthbert. Rob; thanks for the tip, I'm in skipton a few times a year and no stranger to the excellent NarrowBoat so will hope theyve got sone on-never had any of thier cask stuff aside from the excellent White Amarillo.