Now this is just the kind of colour I like my ale: a deep amber reminiscent of molten toffee. It's a shame it has so little head to complete the perfect picture; the head that is there is very small. consisting of a few beige bubbles that disappear rapidly, leaving just a whisper of foam.
The aroma of malt and sweet caramel gets a big thumbs up for me and there is a slight whiff of sour hops to follow. The malt aroma transfers on into the taste but the maltiness is very subtle and not as strong as I expected. The strength of bitterness caught me by surprise with a huge kick of citrus and a metallic tang that lingers far longer than anything I have tasted before. With such a watery appearance, it's unsurprising a rather thin bodied ale and with little carbonation, feels quite smooth on the palate.
Overall it's a pretty decent English bitter, but it's such a shame that it appears flat and headless. The lingering bitterness both surprised and delighted me, especially as I'm not a fan of citrus flavours but in this bitter it just seems to work. Although it's not a beer I'd keep in stock, I'd certainly have another pint if I saw it on draught.
Brewed by Great Newsome, Yorkshire
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