I first drank this way back in 1990/91 in various pubs around High Wycombe (Mac, Ian, Lea, Jim, Auks I hope you are all well, I miss you all very much). Amazing that I am reviewing this now after all these years so far away from the source. Odd how things sometimes work out.
500 mL bottle (clear bottle haters get your panties out of a wad), approx. $4.00 Taco Mac, East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA.
Lovely burned orange color with a super head (small) with wave after wave of clinging lace. Typical light biscuit, sweet malts are present in the nose and the initial tastes – so far so good -but then I get a rather soapy bitterness that I don’t remember from the draught versions years ago. A “drier than I remember” yeasty finish too.
This is a little bit unusual amongst the bottled English PA’s that make it to the US. There is a much more pronounced dry bitterness about this. Not that those characteristics are unusual in an English bitter in general, but it is a bit odd in one of these imported PA’s.
Ultimately still good, but not the truly exceptional beer that this when you drink it in the pubs of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire or similar English locations.