Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Iceni Celtic Queen
The basics: It’s a 4% golden ale that comes in 500ml bottle conditioned form. It poured hazy amber-that never quite cleared-with poor carbonation and a non-existent head. Very little aroma aside from a hint of sulphur.
Taste: It tasted better than it looked. Although, to be fair, that wasn’t difficult. Some malt and fruit lingers briefly on the palate, but the underlying taste is sulphur.
Finish: Short, but pleasantly dry.
Conclusion: The best of the three Iceni beers, but condition really let this down. It quickly went flat and listless and was only saved from complete blandness by a little fruit and sulphur. It might be better on draught, but it doesn’t really change the impression that Iceni are happy to churn out middling beers. One for the postman.