Kiss the Sky is a West Coast IPA by London brewery Two Tribes. It’s amber, with aromas of orange, biscuit and pine. It’s moderately bitter on the palate with more orange and grapefruit flavours and a satisfying, bitter finish. Kiss the Sky contains gluten but is suitable for vegans.
It’s a tough time to be a pub. For months, bars remained shut in an effort to help tame the pandemic running amok across the country. After a brief stint open again, struggling to accommodate the millions of drinkers gasping for their first fresh pint of the season, now their doors are once again locked. Pubs have spent less time open this year than a rural post office.
Fortunately, a few, brave pubs have kept the shutters open for Lockdown 2.0. For those people foolish enough to brave the outside world (suitably masked and sanitised, of course), it’s still possible to snag a pint of freshly poured draft beer. Which is precisely what I did this weekend.
Two Tribes is a London brewery based in King’s Cross. While lockdown has been challenging for many, Two Tribes appears to have made the best of things and recently announced they’d invested in new brewing equipment, quadrupling their capacity. Helping to justify that investment, I order a pint of Kiss the Sky, their West Coast IPA.
Kiss the Sky is a glorious amber in colour. It’s slightly cloudy, hinting that it’s unfiltered and vegan, with a pure white, thin head.
Sadly I find I’ve taken too long to find my ideal photo spot and the beer has reached the same, achingly cold temperature as the air outside. That seems to have restricted the aromas I was able to pick up: orange and biscuits lead, with a little pine resin.
Dry bitterness kicks things off on the palate. This is a crisp, dry beer, truly following that West Coast IPA tradition. Bitter peel, marmalade, a hint of grapefruit lead the flavour profile. Though a dry beer, Kiss the Sky is still marvellously malty, providing a rich, malty taste without overwhelming sweetness. That floral, hoppy bitterness hangs around on the finish.
Notwithstanding the temperature, this is an excellent beer. Were I able to sit inside a pub, nursing this pint gently as it warmed enough to release the delicious, hoppy bouquet I’m sure is hiding within, it would be even lovelier. As it stands, I might wander back to that pub and order another takeaway pint.