C’84 Brew Co Ltd are an independent brewer based in Cropton, Yorkshire with over 30 years of brewing experience under their belt. Founded in 1984 and originally named Cropton Brewery, they rechristened themselves as C’84 back in 2013. Because everything from the 80s is cool right? Or have they moved on to the 90s now? Anyway, C’84 brew their beers on the site of an old disused quarry on the edge of the north Yorkshire moors, and have been steadily upping their brewing capacity over the years to a current 600 hectolitres. They have a core ‘heritage’ range of traditional Yorkshire ales and lager, but also a ‘projects’ range of more experimental craft beers.
C’84 might already be known to some of you from their previous collaborations with Lowtide Brewing, especially their popular honeycomb and chocolate stout. But C’84 have been dabbling in the alcohol-free arena for a while longer, with both an AF lager and IPA coming from the brewers ‘projects’ range in the first half of 2020. Their eerily named ‘Project #6’ is the subject of this review, their 24 Hour IPA. Described as a ‘low ABV craft IPA’, it uses a popular combination of American hops, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe, which makes me think this will not be like any traditional Yorkshire IPA that I know of. From those hops I’m expecting floral notes, pine and of course lots of citrus in both the aroma and flavours of the beer. Lets take a gander than shall we?
Pouring the beer from the can we get an amber coloured liquid with good clarity and a few steady bubbles visible. The head that is produced is bone-white, frothy and surprisingly steady, sticking around and providing some nice lacing as we drink. There’s a good amount of malty sweetness in the aroma, which is built upon by citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit, with a whiff of pine in there too. Also making an appearance is a touch of spicy ginger or gingerbread, which is not unwelcome.
Thankfully much of the aromas we’ve just experienced make the transition to the flavour of the beer, with mandarin and grapefruit citrus peel giving bitterness along with earthy pine and some floral notes. A nice malty base sits in the background offering up some almost vanilla sweetness, even providing some fruity tropical flavours. Carbonation feels quite high but there’s no harshness on the tongue, with the body of the beer being good, and no danger of being too watery. We get a short earthy bitter finish to the drink.
The aptly named C’84 24 Hour IPA is certainly a beer for any hour of the day. Enough flavour for when you want something to ruminate over, fresh and refreshing enough to quench your thirst after a bout of exercise or on a sunny afternoon. Maybe not a replacement for your morning coffee, but who knows… A great flavoured, not overly-hoppy IPA, though more in the style of an American pale, it’s a fridge-filler in my opinion.
Buy C’84 24 Hour IPA
C’84’s beers are mainly available direct from the brewer or from craft beer shops. To buy 24 Hour IPA online give the following retailers a try:
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|C’84 Brew Co – https://www.c84.co.uk/
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A perfect beer for whenever. Refreshing, flavoursome, pretty dang good.