15th November 2016 – Review by Rob
After our 1st review of 4 yesterday with Dark Lord, we are back again with a review from Batemans Brewery and this time it is the turn of Combined Harvest.
A complex, pale bronze beer made with pale, crystal and wheat malts, malted oats and rye and hopped with Phoenix and Target varieties. The superb aroma is dominated by a tart “orange and lemon slices” fruitiness, with a bready note from the rye. The wonderfully quenching palate has citrus fruit, rich, chewy malt and gentle hop resins, followed by a dry, fruity and biscuity finish.
A unique combination of grains, barley, oats, wheat and rye combine to give a superb aroma of freshly harvested grain. It has equal appeal to male and female drinkers. It goes well with most food dishes.
A drink that tells me it has appeal to male and female drinkers. Umm. To put this to the test I let my wife try this – she is in no way a beer drinker – and to my surprise she quite likes it!
How about me? It has the smell of harvest and farms, 100% yes, rather flowery to the smell and taste, so does exactly what it says on the tin, but for me I’m not sure it’s a successful pint.
I have loved Batemans beers so far, Mocha – yes, Victory – yes, Dark Lord – yes, this drink really enhances the fact that I’ve been fortunate recently in that most pints I’ve had are of a really good standard. Unfortunately for me this drink misses the benchmark set.
Put to the BeerClub_UK test, Rob as above, it is fair to say wasn’t a fan, Andy thought it was OK – perhaps slightly too flowery.
However, Rog & Alan – the two over 60s in the group, loved it, “best pint of the night” was how it was described.
I think it is fair to say this is a complex pint in many ways, not your average pint, Batemans have gone for something different, which they should be applauded for, too many breweries tend to play it safe these days.
Definitely mixed reviews for Combined Harvest from us, you either love it or hate it – where have I heard that before?