Swift One // Black Iris - Divine Elements


"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.

Though we heard whispers of it being somewhat of a fan favourite at this year's Brewcon - admittedly we’ve heard from equal numbers of naysayers on Black Iris the brewery, in general. But, we won’t entertain a word of this nonsense after tasting this delightful little number.

On the face of it, it’s uncannily like Adnams' superb staple Mosaic Pale Ale. But, where the latter opts for softer, quenching flavours this is a thicker, more citrusy, more significantly complex IPA.

Full of pithy lemon, it pours a brilliant hazy gold, with a light, fluffy head. It’s not quite dank, instead there’s a crisp, almost drying greenness. It’s lively too, with an almost overeager carbonation - though there’s not doubt while drinking this we were absolutely in our element (sorry).

If this is a sign of what’s to come, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground (and mouths to those beautiful cans) for anything these clever folk from Nottingham have to offer in the future!

4/5 Cartons of Tropicana Pineapple