Tiny Rebel are a Newport microbrewery set up in 2012. Although based in Wales, their beers seem to be quite widely available in the ‘craftier’ beer shops in London.
In addition to their core range, they also produce one-off beers in their “Tiny Batch Editions” and I’m pleased to see that a significant chunk of these batches end up in bottles.
This is the second Tiny Batch Edition, Baby’s Got A Temper. It’s an oak aged 8% double IPA, which should mean it’s a seriously big beer.
It’s a fairly dull amber colour in the glass, with a fine bubbled, fairly flat head on it. The nose is sweet with floral citrus notes, and just a hint of alcohol – but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of the oak ageing.
The taste is surprisingly restrained – there’s a reasonable malt backbone, some tangerine fruit and a decently big hop bitterness towards the end, but it doesn’t have a huge body and the alcohol really doesn’t come though. It could easily be a 5% IPA instead of a monster. And there’s still no hint of the oak.
It’s a slight disappointment because I love double IPAs; don’t get me wrong, this is a tasty enough beer but it’s not much of a monster.