One woman's ale journey

A beery boozy journey with delightful snacks along the way and a book in my hand.

Monday 29 May 2023

Better World Wolf Craft Lager

I like a lager now and again and this craft lager from Better World Brewing really impressed me.  It is a beautiful golden yellow colour with a small, loose off-white head that disappears quickly to leave a patchy layer.  As soon as you smell it, you know it's not a standard lager as the aroma of lime, orange and lemon burst out of the can when you open it. 

The taste is slightly soapy at first but it morphs into the fresh and fruity notes of lemon citrus along with some biscuit, caramel and light hops.  Unusually for a lager, it has a medium body and it's nicely carbonated to tingle your taste buds.

It's a lovely refreshing lager with a bittersweet flavour that's very tasty indeed.  Brewed with Chinook and Sorachi Ace hops, it's a lager that thinks it's a real ale and Ale Be Seeing You again.

Brewed by Better World Brewing and partners, London
4.7% ABV

My rating:

My Untappd score: 3.5/5

Monday 22 May 2023

Hiver Amber Beer

This is a beautiful deep amber coloured beer with a small, robust cream coloured head.  It smells deliciously malty and hoppy with a hint of honey.

It tastes absolutely lovely with flavours of sweet malt, smooth honey and tangy hops, followed by a slightly bitter finish.  It's pretty smooth to drink with soft carbonation and and a decent medium body.

I really enjoyed the amber honey beer.  It's sweet, malty and slightly bitter with a delicious hint of smooth honey.  Ale Be Seeing You again!

Brewed by Hiver Beers, London 
4.5% ABV

My rating:

My Untappd score: 4/5

Monday 15 May 2023

Better World Koala Red Ale

I do love a red ale and Koala from Better World Brewing looks stunning.  It is a beautiful deep red/copper coloured ale with a small, loose beige head that retains a thin layer.  It smells very fresh and fruity with loads of malt and hints of toffee, citrus and pine.

The taste reminds me of an APA with a huge malty base and layers of caramel and pine followed by a citrus bitter finish that's not pithy at all.  It has a medium body and low but firm carbonation that gives a nice tingle on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this beer, it's so tasty and refreshing with zingy fruit and lashings of malt.  It's a lovely blend with a delightful bitter finish and Ale Be Seeing You again.

Brewed by Better World Brewing and partners, London
5% ABV

My rating:

My Untappd score: 4/5

Monday 8 May 2023

Swinckels Superior Pilsner

This is a bright golden yellow pilsner with a loose, frothy off-white head that retains a patchy layer of foam.  It has a surprisingly strong aroma for a pilsner with lovely fruit and hop notes.

It has a lovely clean and refreshing taste of tangy hops, sweet malt and citrus fruit.  It's really well balanced with sweet notes at first followed by a light bitter finish.  It has quite low carbonation and a thin body so it feels pretty smooth in the mouth.

This really is a lovely pilsner and I was pretty impressed.  If gold had a flavour it would taste something like this.  Ale Be Seeing You again.

Brewed by Swinckels Brewery, Holland
5.3% ABV

My rating:

My Untappd score: 4/5

Monday 1 May 2023

Sheep in Wolf's Clothing & Six Degrees North Whisky Barrel Aged Black Lager

Look at this lager!  It thinks it's a stout!  With its dark brown almost black body and tight dark cream coloured head, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were about to drink a stout.  It even smells a bit like a stout with a strong malt aroma and a hint of whisky from the barrel ageing.

The taste is quite subtle but I picked up notes of tangy hops, malt, dark fruit, whisky and roasted nuts.  It's well carbonated but not too fizzy and it has a medium body which is surprising for a lager.

It's an interesting and unique flavour, although it is quite a weak flavour possibly due to the low ABV of 2.8%.  The head is perhaps the most impressive and long lasting I've ever experienced in a lager.  As it's a limited edition collaboration, Ale not Be Seeing You again, but I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more Sheep in Wolf's Clothing beers.

Brewed by Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Brewery, London, in partnership with Six Degrees North
2.8% ABV

My rating:

My Untappd score: 3.75/5