Tag Archives: Bitter

Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast

Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast 4.5%

Jennings Lakeland Ales - Red Breast
Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast

This Christmas ale is a dark chestnut, ruby coloured ale with a spicy aroma and sweet fruit notes. The taste is malty, with dried fruit  and a quick following hop bitterness and aftertaste.

A winter ale using pale malt and traditional Fuggles and Goldings hops, celebrating the Victorian postmen called ‘robin redbreasts’.
A good Christmas ale but may be a little too hoppy for some tastes.

Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale

Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale 5.8%

Coopers Brewery - Sparkling Ale
Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale

This is an amber ale with a light cloudiness. It has sweet malt and fruit aromas and a has a light effervescence – or sparkling. The beer has a sweet malt taste with a backing sharpness and a bitter follow-on.

As an Australian beer this is not at all like the Australian lager beers promoted around the world.
This brewery is based in Regency Park, South Australia, so not readily available in the UK.

Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree

Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree 3.8%

Twisted Oak Brewery - Fallen Tree
Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree

This is a dark golden bitter ale from Twisted Oak Brewery in Somerset. It has a fresh aroma of hops with malt.

The taste has a malt sweetness balanced with fairly strong hop bitterness, with a lasting hop bitter aftertaste.
Another interesting ale from this Somerset microbrewery.

Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman

Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman 3.5%/4.0%

Caledonian Brewery - Flying Scotsman
Caledonian Brewery – Flying Scotsman

A dark chestnut ale with plum and chocolate aroma notes. It has a smooth malt taste with smokey and chocolate notes. A good smooth, malty ale worth the experience of trying. My 5*

 This ale was available to celebrate the rebuild of the Flying Scotsman steam engine and its celebration run from London to York, to the national Railway Museum.
This ale is a premium bitter ale from this Edinburgh Brewery comes draught at 3.5% ABV or bottles at 4.0% ABV.

Twisted Oak Spun Gold

Twisted Oak Brewery – Spun Gold 4.5%

Twisted Oak Brewery - Spun Gold
Twisted Oak Brewery – Spun Gold

This is a golden ale with the aroma of a German Weiss bier. It’s taste starts clean and sharp with Weiss bier notes and a strong citrus bitter finish and a hint of the spice found in Belgian White beer.

A good ale if you favour some of the newer IPAs based on American hop varieties that are on offer. It also has a strong reminder of German wheat beers both in the aroma and taste. Another good offering from this small Somerset Brewer based at Wrington on the Mendips.

L’Ambrée d’Esquelbecq

Brasserie Thiriez – L’Ambrée d’Esquelbecq 5.8%

Brasserie Thiriez – L’Ambrée d’Esquelbecq

Biere Artisanale des Flandres 

This is a chestnut coloured ale with buttery toffee and deep malt aromas. It has a rich malty taste with toffee and sweet molasses and fruit notes. This ale is brewed at Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq France.

This is an interesting ale from Flanders in northern France. It is not the typical ‘lager’ type French beer often foundin the UK but is more closely matched to the darker beers found in Belgium just across the border. A good ale if you prefer darker malty beers. 5*

Brasserie Thiriez

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale 4.7%

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

This is a golden ale with a fine sparkle and a warming resinous hop aroma of freshly bruised hops. It has a hoppy taste with grapefruit notes and a lasting bitterness.
 
This is an interesting Autumn ale with harvest-time taste and aroma.
Another good offering from this Hampshire brewery.

Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast

Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast 4.5%

Jennings Lakeland Ales – Red Breast

This Christmas ale is a dark chestnut, ruby coloured ale, with a spicy aroma and sweet fruit notes. The taste is malty, with dried fruit notes and a quick following hop bitterness and aftertaste. 
This winter ale is brewed using pale malt and traditional Fuggles and Goldings hops, celebrating the Victorian postmen called ‘Robin redbreasts’.

 A good Christmas ale but may be a little too hoppy for some tastes.

Jennings Lakeland Ales Brewery is part of the Marston’s Group.