I know what you are thinking. If it’s Thursday, it must be Ramsbottom Craft Brewery day, right? Absolutely. Something slightly unusual, though. Unusual in the sense that it’s not too experimental, but more of a traditional Bitter. Which is good as RCB can usually be relied on to knock out a winner in that particular field. Spot the sporting metaphor. Anyway, this is brewed with Pioneer hops which some, misguidedly, may dismiss as a little dull. In the right hands, Pioneer can really bring something to a beer of this style.
Now the important bit. It’s 500ml, bottle-conditioned and tips the scales at a healthy 4%. It poured copper in colour with a good carbonation and a medium off-white head. The aroma was a bit of surprise: more toffee and caramel than I was expecting. The taste is smooth with a well-balanced mix of pleasant toasted malt notes and a nutty, dryish aftertaste. Pioneer certainly seems to work in this beer. I’d like to try this on cask as you could easily imagine swigging a pint or two.