Flying Lanterns by Siren Craft Brew
Red IPA, 5.8%
Siren's latest Red IPA is embellished with a brand new dark aromatic malt, complementing their usual blend of hearty grains in a glowing red hue. Centennial, Amarillo and Cashmere hops deliver citrusy aromas with plentiful orange, peach and tangerine notes coming through.
The live tasting of this beer was on 4th November 2021 #BeerBods
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After selling his IT business, Darron Anley headed to the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego to gather inspiration and to start assembling a team for a very different kind of British brewery. Whilst he was in the States, Darron met the charismatic brewer, Ryan Witter-Mathew. The pair joined forces to launch Siren on an innocuous-looking industrial estate in Finchampstead (it’s near Reading) the following year.
They launched with a core range that included Undercurrent (Oatmeal Pale), Soundwave (West Coast IPA), Liquid Mistress (Red IPA) and Broken Dream (Coffee Breakfast Stout); all beers that took the UK craft beer scene by storm. That same year they also set out their stall as barrel-ageing pioneers, dabbling with some experimental and special beers that played a large part in them being announced as England's Best New Brewery and The Second Best New Brewery in the World by ratebeer.com just one year after launching. The year after that they somehow went one better by being named as the Best Brewery in England by the same website which uses ratings by drinkers to dish out the awards.
Witter-Merithew returned to the states in 2016 and was replaced by Siren legend Kyle Larsen formerly of Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon. After nearly 3 years at the helm and multiple awards, including Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for Broken Dream in 2018, Kyle also moved back across the pond. Head brewing duties are now in the safe hands of Sean Knight, who has taken up the mantle of making the Siren core range taste better than ever as well as producing an ever-rotating range of specials that have kept Siren firmly at the top of the craft brewing game.
For tonight’s beer, we have one such special. Flying Lanterns, Siren's latest Red IPA is embellished with a brand new dark aromatic malt, complementing their usual blend of hearty grains in a glowing red hue. Centennial, Amarillo and Cashmere hops deliver citrusy aromas with plentiful orange, peach and tangerine notes coming through.