Name of beer
What the brewer says
“A full bodied and robust ruby bitter brewed with pale and crystal malts, with a rich and malty taste and a hefty whack of Fuggles and Goldings ops, just the beer to slay that thirst…”
For the approximately one person who has missed me, I was away last week and single-brewer drinking the week before that, hence there hasn’t been a blog. Sorry.
The reason for the lack of blogs is two-fold. First, I try to pick new brewers to focus upon where possible, rather than be a regular showcase for the same brewers time and again. Second, because my trip away last weekend was to Dublin, so there is very little I could contribute to the discussion on how Guinness tastes better in the Irish capital. Suffice to say that there was so much consumed that, at one point, I was three pints into drinking “not Guinness” before I noticed.
That’s Temple Bar for you.
Anyway, I am, in a way, returning to the theme of a blog from a few weeks back, when I wrote about “beer on a budget” and the joys of supermarkets’ own-label beers, brewed by big names but retailing for less.
Perhaps I should have gone to Lidl beforehand. A few days after posting that blog, while Mrs Poets Day Pint was checking out the centre aisle, I took a wander to the beer shelves and stumbled upon some brand names for even less. And no, not dodgy-corner-shop-brands-for-less (lager a week past its sell-by date, but cheap and still drinkable – 1995, I miss you).
I picked up a couple of bottles; Theakstons’ ever-popular Old Peculiar, and Goliath, from the Wychwood Brewery, a sister beer to Hobgoblin.
Well, Old Peculiar was as good as one might expect, and remains highly recommended.
Tonight, I’ve cracked open a bottle of Goliath, while sitting back and listening to The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast. I promise not to get all sciency on you with the review of the beer. As always, I will try to keep it simple.
For those who care, it doesn’t hold its head for long, but I’m not one of those. Yes, there is something satisfying with a heavy beer leaving rings (“one per sip is perfect”, so they say) but with a light ruby ale, I really don’t care.
It’s lightly aromatic, but the flavour is rich with malt, followed closely by a mix of hops. The aftertaste is really quite mellow, sitting pleasantly so you can either take a quick next drink, or let it hang there and take your time.
This is an ideal beer for someone who already enjoys an ale, or for someone who wants to try their first, in a move from lager, cider etc. And it’s a cheap – or inexpensive, if you prefer – first beer at £1.25 for a 500ml bottle (how cheap does that seem after a weekend in Dublin?).
So, there is cheap/inexpensive beer and there is REALLY cheap/inexpensive beer. But it’s often as good as, or even better than some of the beer that you can pay a lot more for.
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