Review by Rob
Taste the Difference Westmorland Ale.
Yeah, umm thanks Sainsbury’s for the detailed description!
What can I garner from the bottle? A lovely golden amber ale with subtle hints of toffee and caramel, beautifully balanced by hoppy notes from the Fuggles, Goldings and Challanger hops.
This beer has been brewed in the heart of the Lake District by the brewers at Jennings. Pure Lakeland water, drawn from the brewery’s own well, combined with the very first ingredients and traditional brewing methods make this one ale to savour. Delicious with Cumberland sausage and mash.
Right, that’s a bit more insightful.
I popped into my local Sainsbury’s for my weekly shop and pondered what beers I should review for @beerclub_uk this week and my mind wandered to what I usually preach, that all supermarkets go safe with bland inoffensive IPA’s, my eye scanned across the shelf, six different flavours, all at £1.50 each. Without looking I grabbed all six and inadvertently set up our first Sainsbury’s supermarket beer review.
First one I’ve pulled out the fridge is this offering, Westmorland Ale. I do wonder why this is not called Lake District Ale, from a marketing perspective that would sound a little grander. Promises of toffee and caramel on the bottle and it certainly delivers, however it just still has that supermarket air of turn down the flavours because you can’t afford the expensive hops and this has to be brewed within a specific £1.50 budget.
Bottled as Taste the Difference. With that in mind and £1.50 a bottle, I’d strongly suggest you avoid anything cheaper, that would be a false economy. I feel that I will have to visit the other supermarkets in the up and coming weeks to see what they have up their sleeves. Cheap beer yes, very palatable yes, just feels like the flavours set at 5 and not 11.
On a budget? Go and seek as it’s not a bad offering for less than two Santa beards from a pound shop.