Golden Pig

From notes: 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...

Country Life Country Bumpkin

Beer with a great deal of potential but a little rough around the edges. Had it on a couple of different visits to Devon, but this was in Great Torrington just down the road from the brewery. Darkish pour with a distinct lack of head. Carbonation was absent but there were some decent reddish hues. Strong certainly, without much subtlety, this beer speaks bitterness and alcohol. Despite this rough approach I really felt as though there were malts fighting to get out and perhaps in another batch...

Pot Wallop

Another one of the lighter bitters that have often been called "Golden Ales" in recent years in the UK. Golden pour with good clarity and nice carbonation. This is a very light beer with some simple and straighforward bitterness and a good malt backbone. Although nothing to write home about, I always look for a brewery to have a couple of beers like this in their stable because they can show off a mastery of the art and a level of consistency that is often missing. Fresh, grassy and a little...