English Bitter, Ridgeway Brewing, UK, 4.4% ABV
I’ve never had this beer – I’m looking forward to it.
Appearance: amber, hazy. Very thin head.
Aroma: almost honey sweet, floral/ perfume hops. A little fruit.
Taste: smooth, gentle carbonation. Subtle hops with moderate bitterness; orange peel like. Bready malts with a dash of honey sweetness. Clean semi-dry finish. However, things seem a little off – the sweetness is almost harsh an d things all seems a bit lifeless and stale.
To be honest, I don’t think this is a fresh beer (I can’t find the best before date / created date) which makes it hard to score. Hmmm
Score: As I’m pretty sure this wasn’t a particularly fresh beer I will not score it. For now.
English Pale Ale, The Schlafly Tap Room, MO, USA, 4.4% ABV
Erm… this one is from memory as I cannot find the notes that I took down. Whoops.
The aroma was floral and slightly earthy.
Tasting notes: Floral, fruity, great biscuit malt – almost chewy. A quick, bitter finish.
It’s a real shame I haven’t got anything more written down for this beer as I thought it was an exceptional session beer – easily one of the best I’ve had in America and definitely a hint of English in it. I want some more.
American IPA, The Schlafly Tap Room, MO, USA, 4.5% ABV
Another craft session beer, it seems American brewers are finally filling the niche in the market for decent tasting lower alcohol content beers.
A very simple looking can.
Aroma: grassy, citrusy, some tropical notes. Smells remarkably similar to Bitter American by 21st Amendment Brewery. Some Pine. Fairly sweet.
Taste: hmm, quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting – quite thick with earthy and floral characteristics mixing with the piney notes that come with an American IPA. Lemon citrus is quite prominent with ample bready malts wrapping the whole beer up. Moderate bitterness at the end – semi-dry.
Not a bad session beer at all but there are better ones on the market. It tastes very 1 dimensional with very little depth. But, as a session beer, it’s very good.
English Bitter, Coniston Brewery Co. Ltd, UK, 4.4% ABV
From the website: “Bluebird XB combines two of the great themes of ale brewing to produce something distinctive and new. The fine tradition of English Pale Ale is about quaffing, refreshment and complexity of flavour without alcoholic strength. Then throw in new wave American hop variety Mount Hood with robust citrus aromas and the result is a smooth ale with floral hints, light malt tones and a hoppy freshness.”
So there we have it – a twist on a classic; some American hops thrown into the mix.
Aroma: very, very odd. This smells like sweets / candy. Haribo like. Very weird.
Appearance: bright golden with a very impressive head.
Taste: Malty, bready , with some slight fruit, then a crisp, slightly dry finish. Very soft. Everything here is very subtle; moderate bitterness, the pale malts linger in the background, fruits present in the form of lemon and pear with a semi-sweet tea finish. Quite tart.
A decent beer but not a patch on its sibling.
English Pale Ale, Moorhouse’s Brewery, UK, 5.1% ABV
Another beer from Moorhouse brewery from the UK that I’ve managed to get my hands on.
Pours: orange amber with slight haze. Medium sized head.
Aroma: superb; fruity, floral hops, grains and some pale malt.
Taste: lots of bready / grainy malt upfront, with quite a thick mouthfeel that I wasn’t expecting. Bitterness from the (herb and tea-like) hops is more prominent than expected but it’s good – and compliments the layers of malt very nicely. The finish lingers with the bitterness sitting alongside malts and some fruit that decide to come along with the ride. Biscuit and caramel at the finish.
A quite fantastic beer and a great example of an English Pale Ale.
Blonde Beer, Moorhouse’s Brewery, UK, 4.5% ABV
I managed to get my hands on some English beers, from a brewery I’ve never had beers from before, in the USA Odd, eh?!
Aroma: ooh, a big whiff of apple. Smells light. Some bready malts.
Taste: very smooth, apple fruit again dominant in the mouth. In fact, this follows the nose with some bready malts that are very nice. Some citrus pops through near the finish with some moderate bitterness at the end from the slightly earthy hops. Semi dry at the end.
Not massively complex, bit I guess it’s geared towards a refreshing summer beer. I liked it a lot and could guzzle a few in a night very easily.
English Pale Ale, St. Peter’s Brewery Co Ltd, UK, 4.7% ABV
I was delighted to find this beer sitting on the shelves in a store not far from where I live. This brings back memories as the brewery owns one of the most unique (and best) pubs in London – Jerusalem Tavern – an absolute must visit when in London. And the bottle – just look at it, terrific stuff.
Pours: a very light golden amber with a thin head.
Aroma: sweet and buttery. Little earthy
Taste: super smooth, very little carbonation. Apple like fruitiness, with some wonderful cracker type malt. Buttery notes poke though. Hops come through a little woody and earthy, notes of citrus with a little bite at the finish. Oddly enough there is a little smokiness protruding at the end.
Easy drinking, complex and just downright wonderful – I could drink this all night.