Rub a Dub Dub, two breweries and a tub… of lime zest and hops! Deya and Fyne Ales have teamed up to create Rub a Dub, a lime infused IPA with Citra and Mosaic hops. Fyne Ales have definitely been high on the list of my favourite Scottish breweries over the last couple of years. Deya are undoubtedly high on many people’s lists when it comes to IPAs so I’ve been looking forward to this collab coming on tap.
It pours golden with a slight hue of green, a thick white head that clears quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Nose is citrus, malty, a hint of caramel and very inviting. The first mouthful is all grassy hops with a mild citrus back note. It’s smooth though and I think you can really taste the Citra, adding light tropical fruit aromas alongside the Mosaic. From the next mouthful the layers start to show through, a slight dank grassiness and malty biscuit flavours. The citrus from the lime infusion floats around in there taking the edge of the hop bitterness.
On the finish, rather than bringing a full on juiciness to proceedings it has a much drier finish than you might expect from a lime infused IPA. However this is no criticism, using lime zest rather than the juice creates this and I really like it! This is a really drinkable IPA at 6.1% with good carbonation, smooth body and well balanced hops definitely not one that will hang about too long.
Thanks to Lisa MacLeod for the beer review!