What else would you expect for an anniversary beer from hop fiends @akashabrew , but a Triple IPA. ‘Wooden Leg’ weighs in at a monstrous 10.5%, with huge amounts of Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops. I initially passed this beer over to be honest, with IPA’s this big not really my thing (Tim the lunatic counts this as a session beer!). Tracey from @lugarnocellars twisted my arm though, and I’m glad she did. Akasha make sure this is as well balanced as it is big. Happy Birthday Akasha!!! Can. Pours a light amber/honey colour with surprisingly high clarity, a dense white head that dissipates relatively quickly and moderate lacing. Delicious aromas of caramelised pineapple, stone fruit, mango, passionfruit and a big caramel base. Tropical fruits wrap themselves around a moderate to firm pine and grapefruit bitterness, with sweet caramel working away in the background. There’s also more subtle aspects of citrus, earth, hints of wood and biscuit. A decent hit of booze, but in a beer like this it adds, rather than detracts. Full, viscous, oily mouthfeel. For such a big beer it’s perfectly balanced between fruity hops, bitter hops, quite sweet malts and an undercurrent of booze.

4/5. Trent.