This has a lovely light ruby colour with a distinct floral and citrus, yet malty, smell. It has a really good head on pouring but it is quite loose so disappears after a few minutes to a thin foamy layer which does lace on the glass.
The citrus is very subtle in the taste, but mixes excellently with a floral bitter aftertaste. It has a really nice mixture of flavours with malt giving way to floral and then citrus. It's quite unusual and certainly not a traditional red ale, with the additional of the floral and citrus notes. Curlew's Return is very nicely carbonated with just enough bubbles to give a pleasant explosion on the tongue.
A highly unusual red that Ale Be Seeing Again.
Brewed by Allendale Brewery, Northumberland
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