Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Revisiting Old Favourites

Those of you who read the blog regularly will be aware that I was less than charitable about Thornbridge 'Raven' a couple of entries back, for which I have had plenty of feedback, from brewers and drinkers alike.

As a result, and since I managed to find a spare afternoon, I thought it a good idea to revisit the Thornbridge beers available at the 'Grove', to check on their quality. It is unusual for me to drink a brewery's core range, I generally go for their new beers when they are available but on this occasion all the beers there I had drunk previously, so I knew roughly what to expect.

In case you were not aware, Thornbridge have recently started brewing on a new and larger plant so some - not me I hasten to add - would class these as new beers. First up was the 3.5% 'Wild Swan'. This was excellent and how I remember it, crisp, clean and flavoursome, in fact loads of hop flavour for a beer of its strength and one I could have quite happily drunk all day. But tasting waits for no man, and it was onwards and upwards, strengthwise anyway, to 'Jaipur'.

This is a 5.9% IPA, again packed with flavour, and even better than I remembered it. The slight haze may have been explained by the heating at the 'Grove' being broken - where else do you get served by glove-wearing bar staff?!! The beer tasted superb, allowing all the hop character to come out as the beer warmed up. I think a revisit may be in order when the heating is back on.

The last of the trio, was even stronger at 7.7%, and a stout. 'St Petersburg' is again a great example of its type, and dangerously does not drink its strength. A beer to be treated with respect but certainly none the worse for this. In retrospect, I may have been harsh on the 'Raven', I would certainly try it again now but after my experiment I can report that all is well with Thornbridge, and their brewing goes from strength to strength.


Anonymous said...


Timbo said...

Just redressing the balance !!! Tim

Anonymous said...

Kelly consider your arse well and truly kissed!!!

Jaipur in the Waterhouse in Manchester had a slight haze on a recent visit.

Batch problem?

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever had a pint of Jaipur without a slight haze - surely this is due to the amount of hops or something scientific like that? ;-)

Tandleman said...

Crystal clear in the Regal Moon in Rochdale on Tuesday night.

First time ever!