Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Slurping about

One of the newest breweries about is Wellcross based in deepest Lancashire near Skelmersdale,  the 2.5 barrel plant only starting up in August this year. I have only encountered two of its beers 'Hops' which does what it says on the tin, and 'Slurp' which is - to put it mildly - a bit unusual.

Not that it is a bad beer, it isn't. It just does not taste like beer. I have no idea what ingredients the brewer has used to create the taste, but the 4.1% beer (if you can find the abv hidden on the pump clip) seemed to taste more like cider than beer in my opinion. It is light coloured, and looks like beer but the more I drank, the more it tasted of fresh apples, a very clean, appealing taste I must admit, but not quiet what I expected.
Maybe I need to try it again to give it a proper judgement and I will. If you come across it it is well worth a pint, see if you agree, or if my taste buds have finally given up the ghost (seeing as it's Hallowe'en!). which starting brewing.

I have read Jibber's comment and may be I have giving the wrong impression, especially as I have drunk several pints of it since writing this post. It does not really taste of cider as I suggested but more like green apples, and not in a badly brewed way. I have tasted beer, as Jibber rightly says, that is too young or has some sort of infection, this is not the case here. It is just an interesting taste, that admittedly, you either love or hate, there seems to be no middle path The hops used, I have since learned are Atlas, which does not, or has not previously, give the taste I have tried to describe, so may be we looking at the yeast. Who knows, I just like it !!   

1 comment:

Jibber said...

Warning bells ringing here! Beer should taste like beer not like cider!

My limited experience of home brewing is that the fermentation process produces acetaldehyde, which has a sharp green apple taste. It can mean that the beer has been bottled too young, as over time the yeast converts the acetaldehyde to ethanol.

But there are experienced brewers who visit this site, who can probably explain better!