INDIAN PALE ALE
Review by Rob
Taste the Difference India Pale Ale.
So the 6th and final instalment of our great Sainsbury’s beer reviews, and I am starting to enjoy the write ups (or lack of) that Sainsbury’s give to their drinks, I think I’d be a tad disappointed if they actually wrote something informative!
This traditional IPA has fresh aromas of white flowers and citrus with a clean, bitter hop flavour.
This classic India Pale Ale is made from Burton upon Trent, the home of British brewing. this recipe uses Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade hops and yeast from Burton Union System, only to be used by the Marston’s Brewery in Burton. The famous Burton water is also used in the brewing process which helps give this ale its distinctive flavour. Serve lightly chilled. Perfect with spicy food and Indian dishes.
Delicate, fresh nose with floral & citrus aromas, a traditional brew with clean, bitter hop flavours.
Initial thoughts are that the bottle is brown, unusual for an IPA, and duly noted that it’s also 5.9%, perhaps this is not a supermarket safe IPA after all… when poured outcomes a traditional IPA colour, fruity to the taste, with a picture of an elephant on the bottle and advise to serve with curry dishes, this will sit neatly compared to a Cobra, just without the gassy lager taste.
Not a bad attempt at being a rebel, but rather than being full on Sex Pistols punk singing about abortion, think of this more like David Bowie admiring the scene while standing well back, it’s a nod of the hat in that direction while having its feet firmly rooted in the supermarket safe IPA territory.