Thwaites Frothy Moth is a light amber ale with a thin white head that is surprisingly long lasting. It’s something of a mystery as it doesn’t seem to be listed on the Thwaites website, so I’ve no idea what Thwaites thinks of it! The aroma is floral, hoppy and a little spicy, and the taste is mild, slightly fruity and with only the merest after taste of bitter. At 4% ABV, it would be a fine session ale, though I drank it as an accompanimemt to home-cooked trout with toasted almonds and lemon.
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As we’re officially into Spring, and this bottle has been sitting on the shelf for some weeks, now’s a good time to try Shepherd Neame’s Early Bird Spring hop ale. And what a difference a day makes! Superficially this beer looks very similar to the Ferryman’s Gold that I tried yesterday, but beyond the 4.5% ABV, there’s no similarity whatsoever. Early Bird claims to take its name form the nature of the hops that it uses, and the result is very good indeed. The ale is a bright golden colour (compare with the dull appearance of the Ferryman’s Gold) , and there’s a lovely creamy head that lasts really well. The smell is fragrant, slightly floral, with plenty of grapefruit. There’s a dry, fruity, flavour, reminding me almost of almost burnt oranges, balancing the hops and malt well. This is a very enjoyable beer and was well worth the wait.
This bottle of Loddon Ferryman’s Gold came from my local garden centre, and as it had been reduced to clear I thought it worth trying. Loddon is based in Oxfordshire and Ferryman’s Gold is very much what I would consider to be a ‘southern’ beer. There’s a kind of sigh as the bottle is opened and the liquid that emerges is a light gold colour though slightly cloudy, with a head that is thin and dissipates quickly. The smell reminds me of apricots and the flavour starts quite buttery, but this is overtaken by fresh citrus notes. It’s not unpleasant, but not particularly rewarding either, so I’m not sure that I’ll be looking for this 4.8% ABV ale again.
I’ve reviewed this beer once before, without reaching a firm view, so I thought that I’d have another go!
Adnams Lighthouse is a pale tea coloured ale with an almost creamy and fairly decent head. It’s hard to comment on the smell because it hardly has one, and there’s quite a long, hoppy after-taste, though not a lot of complexity to it. Lighthouse has an ABV of just 3.4%, so it’s designed as a light beer (I guess that the clue is in the name), and it is exactly what it says on the bottle. It claims to have been developed from Adnams’ award-winning Champion Pale Ale, by the Brewery of the Year 2011, though in my humble opinion, this is not a champion beer. Nothing much to object to, though that’s not the strongest of recommendations.
Fuller’s Golden Pride is an exceptional fine, strong, golden ale, with an ABV of 8.5%. It’s light amber colour, with a good balance between the hops and the malt, and in many respects is reminsiscent of a decent single malt whisky – and not least, because it needs to be savoured. Finally it brings back memories, for me, of a lost afternoon spent touring the brewery in Chiswick in the company of workmates. Highly recommended.
The bottle describes this as a premium golden ale, with a 4.3% ABV. The bottle has been sitting in the cupboard for quite a long time (best before date was Dec 2009) so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I’ve no idea whether the beer has improved or deteriorated with age, so read what follows with a pinch of salt! It was actually quite reminiscent in some ways of the River Cottage Stinger that I reviewed some weeks ago. The first thing that I noticed was the sensation that I was drinking a rather stronger ale than was advertised on the bottle (so it’s possible that there’s been a further fermentation in the bottle). The taste was certainly dry and bitter (as advertised on the bottle), but with undertones of cucumber (sounds daft I know). I’d be interested to try this ale again, if only to compare a fresh bottle with my aged version.
I’ve posted about this beer before, but it’s good enough for a second mention. It’s light, fragrant, very peachy and just 4.5%. The bottle recommends drinking on a crisp winter evening with a barbecue, which sounds a little odd to me – it’s perfect for a warm summer evening.