Timothy Taylor's Cook Lane IPA (5.8% ABV)



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Multiple winners of CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain with the iconic Landlord in 1982, 1983, 1994 and 1999 and Boltmaker in 2014, not to mention a plethora of Silver awards, Timothy Taylor is one of the UK's favourite breweries. The distinctive 'Taylor's Taste' is down to a combination of the pure, soft Pennine water from the brewery's artesian well, Golden Promise barley from Scotland, a unique strain of yeast over 1800 generations old and a blend of whole leaf hops.

With a 160-year history of brewing in Keighley, West Yorkshire, they have a strong sense of tradition, but are also looking to the future with their micro-brewery where they experiment with different beer styles using a variety of malts and hop varieties. They currently produce three small-batch, special edition 'Taylor Made' ales - Poulter's Porter, Cook Lane and 1858 - that continue the Timothy Taylor tradition of full-flavour beers.

Named after the site of Timothy Taylor's first brewery in Keighley, Cook Lane is an amber-coloured, aromatic IPA that delivers tropical fruit (mango, papaya and pineapple) on the nose, which continues on the palate along with citrus notes plus a touch of toasted malt and a hint of nuts on the finish. This is a contemporary, beautifully balanced and elegant style of IPA that marries aromatic fruit and gently bitter hops in perfect harmony without the more extreme bitter, hoppy kick of many other IPAs.

Cook Lane makes a perfect pairing for many fish dishes, particularly those cooked with Asian spices and would also be delicious with a Thai green chicken curry. A case of 12 bottles can be ordered through the Timothy Taylor website for £30.00, including free delivery and individual bottles are available from Ocado for £1.99 and from selected Morrisons stores.