The interest in hops continues. Marks & Spencer (UK supermarket) have released a range of single variety hopped ales. Here are my notes on them.
M&S Single Variety Hopped Ale Citra IPA
Made by Oakham Ales, Cambridgeshire. 4.9% alcohol. Very fruity with lively notes of citrus and passionfruit. Lively, fruity palate is fresh and crisp with some [...]
‘Do you ever do any work?’
A question I get asked quite often. The answer: ‘Yes, but I try not to do too much.’ The truth is, I have a fun job, and the tendency I fight is that of working too much. I am working in a competitive field: one in which seriously talented colleagues are [...]
Love this beer. It’s Thornbridge’s Jaipur, an IPA that has a LOT of hops, but avoids just being showy, with lovely citrussy freshness and precise acidity. It’s quite bitter, but the bitterness works in the context of the super-fresh fruity flavours. A lovely post-football (playing not watching) beer.
In the UK, this is stocked by Waitrose [...]
The country pub. It’s uniquely English.
Popped down to the White Horse at Hedgerley today where an ale festival was underway. Together with brothers in law William and Dominic, I supped several different ales in the warm spring sunshine.
This is a pub that cares about cask ale, and knows how to keep it in good condition. We [...]
Just finished day 3 of the International Wine Challenge at Lords. It is going well, and I’m enjoying tasting with some excellent wine trade colleagues. Everyone seems to be a team player eager to do a professional job, and this makes my life as a panel chair a lot easier.
There are signs that spring is [...]
Just back from football and rehydrating with this beer. Now I like Sierra Nevada’s regular pale ale – it’s one of the beers that kicked off the US craft beer revolution in the early 1980s, and it’s still a best seller – but it’s a tiny bit tame in comparison with the new wave US IPAs.
Step forward [...]
Popped down to the White Horse at Hedgerley with two of my brothers-in-law today, to sample some of the guest ales.
British ales are among the world’s best beers, but to enjoy them you usually need to drink them at a pub from a well managed cask. Bottled versions tend to be dull and a shadow [...]
Good wine is, unfortunately, rarely cheap. Great beer is more often than not quite affordable.
Of course, most beer is boring. Increasingly, though, exciting beers are becoming easier to find. If you want an interesting drink, you can rock up to most supermarkets with a couple of quid and score a good bottle.
Tonight I have been [...]
Sainsbury’s have a Great British Beer Hunt underway, and this is one of the 20 finalists. I picked it up for just a pound, and I’m impressed. It’s really hoppy, but with a bit of a savoury British taste alongside the more floral American hop notes. The producer’s website is here.
Castle Rock Screech Owl Strong [...]
Working on the Douro film tonight with Dave Fuller, who brought round a couple of beers from The Kernel brewery. They’re probably the UK’s most highly regarded craft ale producer at the moment, and these two beers lived up to their billing.
The Kernel Pale Ale (Columbus) 5.2% alcohol
Amazing aromatics: complex, deep, hoppy, slightly floral but [...]