OK, back to RSTG to give the beer another try a few months after the initial, disappointing visit. If this Brown Ale is anything to go by, things are no better, and I suspect we are at the point where things are unlikely to improve to any extent. They have now been open for a year, and to be honest we should be seeing some improvement – we’re not. From conversations I had with employees, they certainly see food as the main source of income and the beer “brewed” on site is most definitely not the focus of this operation.
Back to the beer. Decent looking pint with good color, some head with nice retention, and some decent lacing, but that is where the good stuff ends.
The aroma is still very, very acidic with apples dominating the smell. Cider like aromas are very strong, and there remains the suspicion that their beers are infected.
Apple acid is carried forward into the taste, admittedly not as strong as in the aroma, but still the main feature.
Looking for the malty, deep body of a brown will be a pointless exercise here, as all we have is a weak, watery fluid with little or no taste.
There’s no way I could get this down easily and certainly no way I would ever drink this in its current format ever again.