I was looking forward to this one as I had heard so much about it and it surprised me on every level. Firstly the colour, I would have expected an IPA to be golden yellow but this is a ginger orange. I got the impression that this wasn't going to be a regular IPA.
It smells very medicinal and orangey with an absolutely massive beige head. The head is so thick that I thought I might have needed a spoon to get through it. So I love the colour, I love the head, the smell is intriguing now on to the taste...
The taste is far too strong for me, I felt like I needed to brush my tongue afterwards. I often find that by increasing the alcohol volume the taste is overpowered and this was the case for me with Jakehead. It just tasted of 'strong' ale, I couldn't differentiate between tastes and was disappointed that some of the orangey smell wasn't replicated in the flavour. I'm not a big fan of citrus ales, so this just wasn't for me.
Brewed by Wylam Brewery, Northumberland