I popped into The Exchange in North Shields for a coffee but I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I saw all the local hand pulls on offer. I went from tempted to sold in 0-60 seconds when I saw a red ale was among the brilliant selection. Each pump had a little kilner jar of ale in front of it so you could see the colour of the ale, but obviously I wasn't going to go for anything other than the Canadien Red from Three Kings Brewery.
The first thing I noticed, after the mouthwatering ruby red colour was the thick tight creamy head. It was as smooth as a milk pond and the whole appearance is like a ruby red Guinness. It has a lovely light malty fruity aroma but I admit to not being able to resist diving in for a taste without lingering on the smell.
Oh it is just heavenly. It is deliciously malty with a liquorice undertone but with a slightly citrus and metallic bitter aftertaste. It is a full bodied ale that is SO smooth it slips down far too easily and I could have stayed for a few more. I even let my Mam have a taste and usually she would comment with a 'bleurgh' but she liked it and said: 'I could drink that'. Give it back!!!
Canadien Red, Ale Be Seeing You Again and I might even buy my parents one instead of a coffee next time we visit North Tyneside.
Brewed by Three Kings Brewery, North Shields