Interesting brew this, mainly because it has the name and the appearance that would suggest that it is one of the infamous “Golden Ales” that have grown up in England over the last few years as dumbed down, traditional English Bitters. HOWEVER, despite the appearance (which is decidedly in the Golden Ale category), this beer drinks as a definite, standard English Bitter to me.
A yellowish appearance with nice, bubbly head and a decent spread of lace, the challenger nose is distinct. The tastes are obviously malt based, but the crystal malt that’s in the beer gives it a deceptive look. It drinks a with a greater caramel note than the color would suggest.
Light floral hops complete the package. “Sessionable”? I suppose (without being a session beer), but approaching 5% there are still plenty of beers with more scope than this on a hot day.
Bit of an odd one – it’s a better beer than the name or the appearance would suggest!
Country Life Brewery