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Brass Castle Sunshine India Pale Ale

2013-07-14 19.20.15

So from the village of Tockwith just to the west of York, my mini tour of Yorkshire breweries takes me to Pocklington to the south and east of that city, and the Brass Castle Brewery.

The bottle tells me that Brass Castle is a nano brewery and like others that I’ve acquired, Sunshine India Pale Ale is bottle conditioned (so I made a mental note to pour carefully).

This 5.7% ABV light ale is a light copper colour and pours without any discernible head (so once poured, this ale as it quietly bubbles away resembles a glass of a well-known and traditional energy drink).  There’s a faintly floral and fruity aroma, and the flavour is a surprise:  orange with hints of caramel, almost sweet, with a bitterness that hits the tongue only after all the other flavours have made their presence known.

This has been an interesting experience, and I’ve got three more beers to try from this small Yorkshire brewery. Can’t wait.

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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Pale Ale

 

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Greene King IPA


This Greene King IPA (the reward for a long day driving to York and back) is a little like some people that I’ve worked with over the years: it’s pleasant, well-finished, and competent, but to my mind, lacking in character. It’s a lowish-alcohol 3.6%, which probably accounts for the £1 price tag from my local Budgens.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Low alcohol, Pale Ale

 

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Marston’s Old Empire


Old Empire from Marstons is indeed a Pale Ale, though it’s been nowhere near India. The bottle describes it as having a bitter taste, but I beg to disagree. At 5.7% it’s got a well-rounded flavour with, to my mind, suggestions of a rich malt whisky about it (which isn’t surprising given the malted barley in the brew). Great for a Sunday evening.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Pale Ale

 

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