Name of beer
What the brewer says
“Strongarm is the brewery’s flagship ale. First brewed in 1955, this is a well-rounded, ruby red ale with a distinctive, tight creamy head. Strongarm delivers an initial sweet surge of flavour, followed by a delicious malty taste. A North East classic ale.”
*Note from PDP: I have no idea what a “tight creamy head” is either. A rugby position?
I’m returning to my native North East England today, with a beer that feels like it’s always been around, but I’ve rarely opted for. I honestly have no idea why. Perhaps it was a psychological thing, built up in my lager-drinking days, where the beer option was simply the pump I avoided.
Perhaps, also, this is why my nose doesn’t seem to pick up the here and now, when I put it to the glass and try to find something useful to write. Instead, it takes me back to the smell of pubs when I was younger, a slightly sweet aroma.
Happily, Strongarm is a nice ruby, with a nice malty flavour that isn’t overpowering.
The label doesn’t tell us much about the ingredients, but, with Camerons being a Teesside brewer, it gives plenty choice of the type food with which it goes well (with or in nice, meaty pies, casseroles and stews).
I have to say, the malty taste improves as you work your way through the bottle (I say that like it’s a chore).
Having left Strongarm on the shelf for a long time, I’m glad someone bought me this bottle (well, alongside a few more) as a gift, because I feel I’ve been missing out on a nice beer that’s from close to home, which is always a bonus.
And, as it’s not overpowering, I’d recommend this as a first taste of red ales for newbies.
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