Breakfast Beer Tasting: Hawkshead Red

The basics: It’s 500ml and weighs in at a top-heavy Bitter strength of 4.4%. It poured red, as the name would suggest and had reasonable carbonation and an off-white head. The aroma was caramel malt and red berries.

Taste: Quite substantive and a little chewy. There’s caramel again, toasted malt and a dry red-fruit backbone. Hop bitterness does come through, though, to leave a dry aftertaste.

Finish: Starts bitter–sweet and finishes roast and dry.

Conclusion: Rich fruit and plenty of bitterness give this beer some kick. A rather good Best Bitter that should suit the traditionalists. One for your Uncle. 


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