#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 27
Beer: Venus & Mars
Brewer: Black Sheep
Back to the Baa for another day of beer…
We start off, as is almost always the case, with the smell. Nice. Fresh. Again, hoppy. Well, there are three types of hop in this one; Chinook, Summit and First Gold.
My suspicions are that this is going to be a nicely hopped pale. Perfect for another pretty warm day.
But upon tasting it, there’s a bitterness that takes some of the freshness away. It’s actually more noticeable than any of the hoppy taste you might expect. But let’s not forget, despite the three hop recipe, this is a pale ale, not an IPA, even if the bottle does describe it as a “hop forward pale ale”.
As with one of the previous beers I’ve covered so far in #AroundTheNorthIn80Beers, this isn’t to say that it’s unpleasant in any way. It’s simply a little surprising.
If you like your ales bitter, but light, this is definitely for you.
Where in the North?
The Yorkshire town of Masham punches above its weight I terms of breweries. Alongside Black Sheep, there is the Theakstons Brewery, and the small market town has its fair share of great pubs (complete with very locally sourced product). Not bad for a population of around 1,400 people. And if that’s not enough, the likes of Ripon, York and Harrogate are all close by, but visitors are unlikely to need them, with more than you might imagine going on in Masham itself.
Masham has its own Druids’ Temple, in the Swinton Estate. Having just discovered this, it’s leapt to the top of my “to do” list.
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