- Craft beer advent calendar 1: Meantime London Pale Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 2: Heart of Gold
- Craft beer advent calendar 3: Andwell Ruddy Darter
- Craft beer advent calendar 4: Oakleaf Piston Porter
- Craft beer advent calendar 5: Andwell King John
- Craft beer advent calendar 6: Belhaven Scottish Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 7: Oakleaf North Pale Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 8: Crafty Dan 13 Guns
- Craft beer advent calendar 9: St Edmunds Golden Beer
- Craft beer advent calendar 10: Meantime Yakima Red
- Craft beer advent calendar 11: Yardbird Pale Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 12: Wintery Wonder Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 13: Mann’s Brown Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 14: Holden’s Black Country Mild
- Craft beer advent calendar 15: Young’s double chocolate
- Craft beer advent calendar 16: Belhaven craft pilsner
- Craft beer advent calendar 17: Holden’s Golden Pale Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 18: Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 19: Fraoch Heather Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 20: Andwell Gold Muddler
- Craft beer advent calendar 21: Williams Joker IPA
- Craft beer advent calendar 22: Well’s Banana Bread Beer
- Craft beer advent caledar 23: Another Blooming Craft Ale
- Craft beer advent calendar 24: St Nicks Blizzard Brew
So I was given a lovely (and slightly daunting) present for my birthday – a craft beer advent calendar. My aim isn’t to make a big deal with long posts, or I won’t do it, but it was a fun idea and so I’m going to record my thoughts for the blog.
As a bit of background, I do like craft beer, and I have tried a good few, but I don’t consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable. I like the taste of a decently strong ale, but I don’t consider myself to have been exposed to a lot of variety.
So today’s advent calendar ale is Meantime London Pale Ale. I’ve had this one before (I think in rather trendy bars and restaurants). It describes itself as ‘brewed with Cascade, Centennial and Kentish Golding’, which are apparently hops. I like that the bottle doesn’t do anything else in a self-aggrandising way.
It’s pretty pale, though I don’t know if that’s really anything to do with the pale ale meaning. It’s also 4.3%.
Its aroma was pretty light, with, a bit of bitterness and a bit of…honey? (I was swilling it around in the tasting glass that came with it.
Tasting it, I found it to be light and a bit bitter. It doesn’t have much body, and it’s really fizzy. Well, not as much as a soft drink but there is a kind of spikiness that I wouldn’t normally associate with ale (though I half remember that all ale is carbonated artificially? I should really get googling, but I’d rather just keep on typing in this kind of stream-of-consciousness manner).
As I go down the glass there is a bit more in the way of fruit, perhaps peach, or something similar. It’s satisfyingly bitter, without being too much so. But it really doesn’t taste of enough (and I’m not even drinking it particularly cold – probably around 12C).
All in all: good, but not especially great. I won’t give a score yet, because I don’t have to have anything to compare it to. When I do, I’ll come back and edit this page.
Edit: After some more days for comparison, I’m giving this a 6.5/10.
And now to present:
Note that Kat is making these opinions having not seen mine…and that she has the most miniscule taste.
It smells light and slightly fruity. [The face is uncertain.] The taste is quite light. And beery. It’s probably worth noting that I don’t drink beer. [She drinks cider, or radler-style drinks.] It feels quite frothy in the mouth – I don’t know if that’s normal for beer. I need some tea.