Saturday, 9 August 2008

Review: Jester's IPA

Jester's IPA from Batemans Brewery
Rating: C+

Appearance: Red-tinted leather color, fairly clear. Lightly carbonated, with a thin, fine-bubbled head. Some retention, good lacing.

Smell: Interesting Christmas spices in the nose, but fairly flat smelling. Hints of caramel and biscuit.

Taste: Fairly hoppy, in a very English way - earthy and herbal. Hints of Christmas spices again, a touch of diacetyl, and a slightly acid finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly slick.

Drinkability: Interesting, especially the spice note, but the sum in this case is less than its parts. In fact the slightly cidery/acidic finish had me worrying that this might have been sitting on tap too long, as this is a slow time for the bar in question. Not a big fan.

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