Brains' Boilermaker IPA

There's a lovely malt base to this flavourful IPA, with honey, marmalade, and spice from time spent in Penderyn whisky barrels – a true Welsh IPA. 

Brains Craft IPA winners, Tom and Ben

This was the winner in Brains' Ultimate IPA challenge - guest brewers including beer celebs Melissa Cole, Marverine Cole (aka Beer Beauty) and the entertaining duo that is Dwink – Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham – were invited to Brains new craft brewery to try there hand at creating an IPA. And it was the lads what won with this creation.

"We wanted to brew something that reflected the Welsh surroundings of our brew, so we decided to create a whisky IPA, with whisky barrels from the Penderyn distillery. Judges loved the balance so if you're not sure about whisky in your beer, rest assured it has a very delicate influence."

Brains BoilermakerIt's a mad cocktail of exuberant hops – Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette if you please – but then you didn't expect anything bland for the Dwink duo did you?

6.5%; head to Brains Craft Brewery website for a list of stockists, but I do know you'll find it at The Bottle Shop, Cardiff, one of my Top 25 Drinks Shops.