This is a very special review today as I'm posting my review of King John from Andwell Brewing Co on what would have been my Uncle John's 70th Birthday. My Uncle John loved his beer and I always thought of him as the fastest drinker in the West; he certainly managed to drink his home brew long before it was ready, that's for sure!
I inherited my love of beer from Uncle John; he bought me my first legal drink (a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale that I thought tasted like a bag of rusty nails) and he taught me that a good pint should be filled to the brim. If your pint is looking a bit short ask the bar if they can put a shot of whisky in it, if the answer is 'yes' then ask them to top it up with beer. I know he would have loved drinking some of these beers with me so this one's for you, Uncle John.
|Uncle John and my Dad in 2009|
There's no way they were neck and neck in the pint stakes.
Uncle John would have been at least 2 pints ahead.
King John is quite the little beauty; a beautiful chestnut brown colour with a small but long lasting tight beige head. The aroma is absolutely mouthwatering; so malty and fruity with a hint of caramel and hops. I couldn't wait to have a sip and it was like all my malty dreams had come true! The blend of flavours is absolutely spot on. Malty perfection with a hint of fruit and a very subtle bitter aftertaste.
It's quite fizzy with decent body, although a little on the watery side. The lacing is superb for such a small head and it's a top notch amber ale. I was only disappointed it was in a tiny 275ml bottle. Uncle John would have definitely asked for a top up of this one!
If I find an online or local stockist of Andwell's King John, Ale Be Seeing You Again and Again!
Brewed by Andwell Brewing Co, Hook, Hampshire
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