Wow! This is lager, Jim, but not as we know it! I thought Tall Ship would be my least favourite out of the mixed pack I bought from local Sunderland brewers, Darwin, but I really enjoyed this amazing craft lager.
There is some sediment in the bottle so even with a careful pour, this pours a slightly hazy golden yellow coloured ale with a surprisingly robust, tight off-white head that lasts and laces. It has a delicious hoppy aroma with additional notes of biscuit and caramel which gives it a sweet edge. The smell reminded me of malted milk biscuits that I used to love dipping in my tea.
Brewed with Czech Saaz hops, the flavour is creamy caramel and biscuit with a dry, slightly bitter finish. With a medium body and good carbonation that's not too fizzy, it could easily be mistaken for a blonde ale in a blind taste test.
Refreshing, tasty and so easy to drink, this is a stunning craft lager from Darwin. I actually can't believe how good it is and if you haven't discovered Darwin Brewery yet, then I urge you to visit their webshop here to try it for yourself. Plus, if you have an SR, NE or DH postcode you can get your order delivered cheaper or even free!
Brewed by Darwin Brewery, Sunderland
My Untappd score: 4/5