550 mL, dark brown, sturdy looking bottle, so not quite a full English pint, but almost there. Pours to give a nice soapy looking thin head, a golden orange body and a hint of chill haze.
The nose is made up mainly of sweet hops.
As expected a mild flavored beer, with a low-profile hop tang, a dryish mouthfeel and some lovely, classic English malt balance. To go with the hops we have a hint of walnuts of all things, and a very refreshing drinkability. Reminiscent of a cask beer in most ways, except the level of carbonation which is of course, much greater here than one would expect in a “Real Ale”.
This is the kind of beer that is typical in England, but very, very under-represented in the USA. In general, its subtle character remains under appreciated on this side of the Atlantic.
A gem in many respects, savor it if and when you can get it.