Hook Norton’s Old Hooky (4.6% ABV) is allegedly one of the 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. It’s a really rich deep copper colour and the head, though not as creamy as some beers, does last very well. There’s something in this beer for everyone and this is reflected in the aroma: it’s a subtle mixture of malt, biscuit and fruit. The flavour is well-rounded and deep, with strong malt at first giving way in part to orange: not sweet, but certainly not bitter either. This is a very accomplished beer that deserves to be savoured, and probably not with food.
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Bath Ales’ Gem is an amber ale that is genuinely amber. There’s the smallest of sighs as the top is removed, and the deep amber liquid is topped by a short-lived head. The aroma is very light and slightly hoppy and the taste is malty but not overly rich, and resolves into the mildest bitter sweet flavour, which, if it reminds me of anything, reminds me of that sweet yeasty aroma emitting from a brewery in Belgium that I remember from childhood. Although described as a bitter, this is much too mild for my taste to really be a bitter, though at 4.8% ABV this would make a great session ale.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Sole Star given its ABV of just 2.7%, but I think that I’m going to enjoy it rather more than I expected. The amber colour is not as light as the label led me to believe, and there’s a lively head that quickly settles. I don’t normally place a lot of store by the description of the ale printed on the label, but on this occasion it’s pretty accurate: the ale does have a floral aroma (though I personally can’t detect the promised citrus notes), and yes, there’s definitely a caramel flavour too. This is a very pleasant and satisfying beer made all the more enjoyable for knowing that it’s actually rather healthier than most ales that I review. It would go very well with almost any meal.