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Mash Pale

Mash Brewery – Mash Pale 3.8%

This is a pale golden ale, with a citrus lemon aroma. The taste has a sharp start moving to a sweet follow-up, with an overall light summery floral taste. It benefits from not having a citrus grapefruit taste. This is a great ale for a summer lunch.

Another interesting ale from this Hampshire brewery, brewed with German hops, English Barley malts and fermented using the California method. It is like a German pilsner but much lighter.

The Mash Brewery

London Pride

Fuller’s – London Pride 4.7%

This is a dark golden, light chestnut coloured ale, with a plum fruity sweet aroma. It has a sweet start with a very pleasant plum and mildly bitter finish.

One of the classic English Ales from London brewer Fuller’s and famed in London and across the south of England. It is named after the cottage garden plant, immortalised in the London cockney song, and linked to the cockney pearly kings and queens, many of whom in the past would have travelled to the Kent hop gardens to pick the hops for beer making.
Brewed at the Thames-side Griffin Brewery of Fuller, Smith & Turner in Chiswick opposite Chiswick Eyot.

ESB

Fuller’s – ESB 5.9%

This is one of the traditional stronger ales, brewed by the traditional large brewers, in this case Fuller’s of Chiswick, London and a stable mate of the famous London Pride!

It is dark chestnut coloured ale, with a rich plum fruit aroma. It has a warming malt taste with marmalade bitter sweet finish, characteristic of ales of this strength.

It is brewed with traditional English hops of Northdown, Golding, Challenger and Target with strong malt flavours to give a good satisfying drink. Target hops were bred from Northern Brewer and Eastwell Goldings varieties at the Wye College.

Fuller’s Chiswick Brewery

Hatherwood – Winter Special Ale

Hatherwood – Winter Special Ale 5.0%

This is another ale produced for Lidl. It is a chestnut coloured ale, with a malt and spice aroma. It has a pleasant malt and spice warming taste with a good bitter follow-on.

Brewed and sold under this Lidl own label craft beer brand. Previously, this own label range included a Winter Warmer, previously reviewed, which this ale seems to have replaced in their winter range.