Wagtail is a superb amber colour, the traditional colour you'd expect for a bitter. It smells unusually of oranges and some kind of sweet spice. It pours with only a small creamy coloured head which leaves a thin layer as it disappears. What remains does leave a slight lacing on the glass and a quick swirl creates a bit more foam.
It has a very unusual taste and there is no hint of the metallic taste you often get with bitters, instead it has a slightly sweet toffee taste with a spicy citrus aftertaste. It is definitely more of an orange than lemon or grapefruit flavour, leaving a very pleasant taste on the tongue.
Wagtail is an impressive local bitter that I purchased in a mixed pack from the lovely folk at Best of British Beer. Ale Be Seeing it Again.
Brewed by Allendale Brewery, Northumberland