This weeks choice of beer has been a bit of a challenge. Unlike previous weeks where it has been a challenge to find a beer of the week, this week I have been finding plenty of beer to fit the bill.
I had initially thought I would choose Tapped 'Gresley' a very pleasant light mild, or Brass Castle 'Heads You Win' - a beer made with citra and mosaic hops, how could you lose ! Ironically both bought in Tapped in Leeds. I enjoyed Brains 'Rev James Pale' - a vast improvement on the standard version.
But a visit to the Market Tavern on Wednesday revealed the winner. May be only by a short head though. I had heard good things of Mallinsons 'Columbus XL', and with only a limited number of casks around I was not sure I would get chance to sample it.
It is 5.5% and basically a strong version of the single hopped Columbus. The additional strength brings out a superb tropical fruit flavour, and a balanced bitterness. It is not for the weak hearted and well worth searching out. If you do fail to get the cask version there is also a keg version to fall back on.