“Some day we will find… the Cities of Gold!” was a line sung in the theme tune to one of my favourite 1980s kid’s cartoons – ‘The Mysterious Cities of Gold‘. And thanks to Another Dimension Brewing I’ve finally found them! (Other lyrics may have included “do do do do do” and “ahhh ahhh ahhh”, but we’ll leave those in the past.)
Cities of Gold is labelled as a ‘South Coast’ IPA. We’re familiar with both East Coast and West Coast IPAs, which refer to the east and west coasts of the States, whose styles of IPA differ greatly. However, this is the first time I’ve come across anything from the South Coast. With Another Dimension being based in Brighton, on the south coast of England, this could be an attempt by the brewer to start a new style? Are we witnessing the birth of something new and great?
Speaking of labels, Another Dimension have certainly upped their game in their branding. Their first beer, Another Dimension Pale Ale, was a modestly-branded affair, with a nonetheless striking wireframe logo as the only real visual interest. Nowadays the brewer has teamed up with legendary rave poster artist Junior Tomlin to plaster their cans with gorgeous eye-catching techno vistas. It really works for me. Another Dimension’s previous pale ale was refreshing with a good hit of hops and toned down sweetness, which I felt could do with even more aroma and bitterness. Will the brewer’s use of El Dorado hops be sending my taste buds off to the fabled Cities of Gold?
The beer is lively on opening, but not to the extent that we lose any. Nevertheless we produce a huge head as we pour the pale straw beer into the glass. On the nose there’s a lot to take in – initial lemon and light mandarin citrus aromas are joined with a spicy crack of black pepper, sherbet, and an underlying vanilla sweetness.
On tasting we get lemon zest with a background of green tea, with an almost smoky note to it. A few fruity tropical flavours make an appearance, mango and pineapple, along with some vanilla sweetness, but these are quite light, with the dominant flavour being a zesty bitterness. The body of the beer is quite light but the mouth feel is smooth with a fair amount of carbonation. We get a long bitter finish to the drink.
Another Dimension Cities of Gold is another refreshing and drinkable pale from the brewer. However it is also another AF beer that promises so much on the nose but fails to deliver it all in the taste. But what it delivers is tasty with a good smack of bitterness, and certainly not your run-of-the-mill non-alcoholic IPA. I enjoyed my trip to the Cities of Gold, but I think this is maybe a beer better suited to warmer weather (it’s mid-December as I write this).
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I bought my pack of Cities of Gold direct from Another Dimension Brewing, and you can too via the link below:
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Another Dimension Cities Of Gold Nolo IPA Review
A light IPA with lovely aromas and good flavours. Refreshing rather than thick and hazy.