Thursday, 24 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Iceni It's A Grand Day
The basics: It’s a 500ml bottle conditioned 4.5% golden ale. It did indeed pour a bright gold colour with excellent carbonation and a creamy white head. Aroma wasn’t strong but a little sweet spice came through. Looks good, smells ok.
Taste: Oh dear, this is where the wheels came off. The initial sweet fruit evaporates to become bitter and then unpleasantly astringent. There’s a sensation of cloying ginger which makes it quite hard to drink.
Finish: Cloying ginger that sticks to the throat.
Conclusion: This beer seems to have fallen between two rocks. It should either have more bitterness to give it a crisp hoppy bite or more ginger and be more like Marble Ginger. Instead it’s neither and I found it hard work as there is little to redeem it. One for the woman who lets her dog piss outside your house.