Shropshire Gold, a 3.8 percent abv English style golden ale from the Salopian Brewery in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is sparkling gold in colour, with rich malt and a bold hop presence on the nose. This nicely balanced golden ale is a forthright but not overwhelmingly bitter beer. The finish has malt to the fore, with a crisp and balancing undertow of hop bitterness. It’s one tasty brew that would be fabulous on cask.
Flagship, a 5.5 percent abv English style IPA from the Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, is a bottle conditioned ale that presents an orange colour and big fruit on the nose, with hints of marmalade. Chewy malt is neatly intersected by a fresh cut of hop bitterness on the palate. The finish has hops over sweetish malt followed by sweep of hops and a lasting bitterness. Flagship is a well structured IPA from a tower brewery and, according to the brewery, is ‘handcrafted in the Cotswold Hills’ in celebration of the battle of Trafalgar.
Jubilation, a 4.7 percent abv English pale ale, brewed at the Freeminer Brewery in the Royal Forest of Dean for The Co-operative was brewed using hand-turned floor malt from the Warminster Maltings and Brambling Cross hops grown in Worcestershire. Fresh malt and spicy hops invade on the nose of this golden coloured ale. On the palate, choice hop bitterness blends happily with rich, chewy malt. The finish produces a finely tuned match of hops and malt, with a late hit of dryness in this limited edition release. goodwithfood.co.uk