ORBIT PEEL, 4.9%

This is an interesting take on a Belgian witbier from a London brewery. Orbit’s beer includes the expected coriander and orange peel for the style, but also features some chamomile to add a light floral touch, as well as Motueka hops from New Zealand to bolster the fruit and florals. The result is a rather dry, hazy yellow beer with an enticing aroma of zesty citrus and clove-like spice.

A pronounced bitter spice note leads on the palate but orange zest and lemon tartness also contribute to the complexity. There’s plenty of lively carbonation, as I would hope for in a beer of this ilk, and the finish is very dry and bitter with lots of clove and perfume. Overall, it’s more robust and bitter than many witbiers, and that took me by surprise on the first sip, but it’s a beer that grew on me the more I drank.

SYCAMORE MOUNTAIN CANDY, 7.5%

One of a range of beers currently being imported by a new business named The Beers of America, this bright and clear, golden IPA from North Carolina handles its hefty strength pretty well. It’s nicely rounded, too, with bitter citrus and perfumed floral flavours in balance and harmony with the rest of the beer rather than pushing stridently out in front.

Marmalade and stone fruits and a maybe a hint of coconut add other layers to the taste before a long, dry finish that merges bitter citrus fruit, pine, some lingering malt sweetness and the mild, burry warmth of alcohol. In simplistic terms, this is more of a conventional, old-school US IPA than the fruit juice clones some others aim to be, echoing the mellowness of a British IPA but with an American accent.

ACHOUFFE CHERRY CHOUFFE, 8%

This beer has been around for a few years now but has only recently been prominently marketed in the UK. As its name suggests, it’s a cherry-flavoured Belgian ale and, if you like cherry beers, this is for you. It’s not subtle but it’s well made all the same and includes real cherry juice. The experience is like drinking liquid Battenberg cake, with lots of marzipan and juicy cherry, plus a pleasantly tart bite to ensure it never becomes too cloying. The fact that the taste is bittersweet rather than sugary means it still manages to drink like a beer, despite the abundance of fruit.

The finish dries a little and becomes a touch more bitter, and there’s some lingering warmth from the strength, but marzipan and cherry dominate through to the end. Try it with a chunk of dark chocolate or a slice of that classic retro dessert Black Forest gâteau.

THORNBRIDGE BRITANNIC, 5.3%

Any collaboration between the brewers at Thornbridge and Titanic is likely to be well worth seeking out and this new bottleconditioned IPA that pours a bright green-golden colour really doesn’t disappoint. It opens with a delicate, lightly grassy aroma of sherbet lemons and follows on with a taste featuring spicy, peppery hops that also have a sappy herbal edge, some floral notes and teasing hints of lemon.

New World hops are used judiciously here: the expected flavours are all there but there is less brute force than seen in most IPAs and more nuance instead. The effect of the hops is more pronounced in the nicely dry and tangy finish, where they cling enjoyably to the palate. Crisp, clean and spritzy, this is a delicate beer in many ways yet with a robustness at the end that makes it very satisfying.