#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 1
Beer: Triple H “hazy pale ale”
The Brewer: Brew York
So, at long last, it’s finally here - #AroundTheNorthIn80Beers is finally here and I’m starting my tour of the wonderful North of England in one of my favourite places, the beautiful, historic city of York.
Triple H gets off to a good start, before you’ve even opened the can, because the blurb gets right to the point and simply delivers the messages the drinker wants to know.
Happily, it’s not cluttered with the type of arty farty justification you might expect next to a pair of rusty nails in an art gallery.
It talks plainly of citrus and floral flavours, and this is exactly the aroma you get when you open the can. Not exactly an aromatic hit, it’s much more pleasantly gentle than that.
“Unfined, unfiltered, unpasteurised, natural. Vegan friendly.” Again, the can just tells it as it is; things the discerning drinker cares about.
But what does it taste like?
Like the aroma, the flavour isn’t overpowering, though it is pleasantly citrusy. In fact, if anything, it could do with a little more oomph – it certainly doesn’t pack the punch of its wrestler namesake. But it’s not unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination. A little sharpness on the front of the tongue is balanced as it smooths out towards the back of the mouth.
At 4.3%, it’s a beer you could enjoy a few of during a session, and the fact that it is in no way overpowering to the senses backs that up.
But would you want to? Certainly I would choose it over many beers out there, and I’d not be unhappy if it was the craft alternative to a bar full of lagers and mass produced “smooths”, but on occasions when you have a choice of really flavoursome beers, it might get knocked to the back of the queue.
Overall, pleasant and eminently drinkable, but not really a beer that captures my imagination.
Where in the North?
In the heart of the proud county of Yorkshire, York, is a stunningly beautiful walled city, sitting on two rivers, with a fantastic Minster and pedestrianised shopping streets that are always a pleasure to walk, whether or not you’re in the mood for buying.
Visitors should check out The Shambles, a beautifully preserved Medieval street.
Find out more: https://www.visityork.org/
Fun fact: York is reputed to be Europe’s most haunted city, with more than 500 ghosts in the city centre.
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