Friday, 20 July 2012
York Dragon Slayer
This beer was sampled on tap at the Blue Bell in Harrogate. One of the York Brewery's many different beers. York Brewery was established in 1996 with Nick Webster the head brewer leading charge.
On first pour a beautiful golden liquid presents with a great creamy white. Aromas of yeast and slightly aromatic hops, possible grass. The yeast is there on the tasting along with slightly caramel sweet notes and a mild bitterness finishes. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I thought this beer was really good although I must admit at the time I had sampled a few other beers so my palate could have been slightly blurred.
Brains Original Stout
This beer originally developed for Tesco is now available throughout the UK from the majority of outlets.
A beautiful dark, ebony opaque liquid is poured along with a tan head. Rich, chocolate malt aromas are immediately apparent. When tasting the chocolate malt flavours come through with a possible tobacco even a little ash tray characters, but in a pleasant way. The beer has a medium body with great weight. The beer is good although I would have liked even more depth to the flavours. It really does have good weight though.
Worthingtons White Shield India Pale Ale
This multi award winning beer has been a firm favourite with beer drinkers in the UK. White Shield has so far earned 7 CAMRA awards. White Shield is bottle conditioned and matured for up to 3 years.
A mild yeast aroma is first apparent along with some faint malt. The beer is a clear golden brown with a just off-white head with a gentle fizz. The beer flavour has a perfect balance of hops and malted barley with a little bitterness at the end of the palate. The beer has a near perfect weighted body.
Overall a really good beer. Worth tracking down.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Thomas Cooper's Selection Celebration Ale
This beer has been designed and brewed to celebrate 150 years of brewing by the Coopers family run business in South Australia.
Taken from the Coopers Website: -
Coopers is now the largest Australian-owned brewery and this year marks a significant milestone in our history as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.
Coopers’ journey began on 13th May 1862, when founder Thomas Cooper produced his first beer.
Even then, Thomas Cooper’s sense of brewing excellence was evident through his use of only the best ingredients available and by the application of pride and passion to his craft. To this day the tradition continues, as Coopers sources the highest quality barley from South Australia and hops from interstate and overseas.
Our 150th anniversary milestone deserves to be acknowledged. What better way to mark the occasion than the release of a celebratory beer, aptly named ‘Celebration Ale’.
This ale is the culmination of careful planning and research by our Brewing team, resulting in a distinctive beer presented in kegs or eye catching 355ml bottles.
Celebration Ale is unique in that the water used in the brewing process comes from the brewery’s own deep aquifers, with the mineral composition modified specifically for ale brewing.
The barley is sourced from the maritime regions of South Australia. The pale malt from this barley is complemented by the use of crystal malt, giving the beer an appealing red hue and a nutty, slightly sweet aftertaste.
This 5.2% alcohol strength ale is both refreshing and moreish.
The aroma and flavour of Celebration Ale is further enhanced by the three varieties of hops used in different stages of the brewing process.
Firstly, the local bittering variety Pride of Ringwood hops, grown in the temperate climate of Myrrhee, Victoria, is added in the kettle.
Late hopping is achieved by blending Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Centennial hops from the USA.
The Nelson Sauvin imparts what is described as a “white wine fruitiness”, whereas the addition of Centennial results in a passionfruit, grassy and citrussy top note.
Coopers’ ale yeast characteristically produces its distinct tropical fruity esters, and all of these aromas and flavours combine together during a slow fermentation.
Some of the yeast remains in the final product for natural conditioning in the bottle, resulting in Coopers’ trademark sediment.
Join us in celebrating this special occasion by pouring Celebration Ale into your favourite beer glass; your eyes will be immediately drawn to the thick foam on top of a rich, ruby-red brew.The first mouthful will highlight the malt driven flavour, which is balanced by a refreshingly crisp bitterness, followed by fruity esters lingering in the aftertaste. Celebration Ale will match well with chicken, seafood, tangy cheeses, and fruit-based desserts.
A nice balance of malt richness and aromatic and floral characters are on the nose once the beer is poured. A golden cloudy brown beer with a just off-white head is present in the glass. The beer perhaps doesn't have as much flavour as I would have liked. I was hoping for more depth. The beer however does have perfect weight - not too heavy with a good amount of bitterness. This is a great session beer, a brilliant palate, would have preferred a touch more hop characters in there for even more qualities.
Little Creatures Single Batch - The Quiet American
Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd
The Single Batch series continues with this the slightly ironically titled "Quiet American".
This has been brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops, stars of the US Pale Ale scene.
At first pour the beer has some quite dark, honey sweetness, with a little yeast coming through, the Cascade hops providing the very dominant floral notes. A dark cloudy golden colour is present with an ever so slightly off white head. When tasting again the very floral aromas come through and with it I got some interesting flavours - pineapple, fruit salad and also a small amount of bubblegum. The beer of course has a bitter finish which was nice. A medium body is accompanied with good balance and light carbonation. The beer is quite high in alcohol but to it's credit is not noticeable.
Another good Single Batch once again from the ever so consistent WA brewery.
Monteith's Winter Ale (Doppelbock)
Monteith's Brewing Co.
The seasonal "Winter Ale", brewed using 4 different malts with the intent on Delivering a rich depth of flavours from New Zealand's famous brewery.
Roasted malts are used and this gives the beer a roasted coffee, chocolate character. I even got a very slight tobacco aroma. The beer is a dark brown/ruby colour, slightly hazy with a just off-white creamy head. The beer has enough malt to give it a good amount of depth and has a nice bitter finish. It has a surprisingly light body.
This is a good beer, well priced with enough flavour to interest the fussy midweek drinker but it has a light body making it a great beer for session drinking too.