#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 69
Beer: Mary Jane
The Brewer: Ilkley Brewery
Pouring this, I get a feeling that I am about to be disappointed. So, I settle down and hope I’m wrong.
Taking a smell, I’m heartened at the slightly fruity aroma.
It’s different from the one I got on the pour, which made me think of some average workingmen’s club beer from years ago, the name of which has been lost in time.
But it’s not a fruity taste.
It’s ok, but the word “average” returns to my mind. That might sound harsh, but I’ve had a lot of good beer recently. And this, sadly, doesn’t stand up (in my humble opinion).
Just a touch too bitter, and it hangs around far too long.
Sorry Ilkley Brewery. I loved Juiced In Time, but this is a miss for me.
Where in the North?
"The picturesque town of Ilkley is situated in the Wharfe Valley, at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. The former spa town rose to fame in the nineteenth century when thousands visited for the fresh invigorating air and first class hotels. The town may no longer be a premier health resort but it is still renowned for its fresh air, moorland and beautiful countryside with a selection of quality accommodation." - https://www.visitbradford.com/discover/Ilkley.aspx
In the famous song "On Ilkley Moor Ba Tat", 'Bar T'at is local dialect for 'without a hat'.
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