ENGLISH PALE ALES
L-R: Thel Melton and Owen Ogletree
Sachin Patel owns Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.
|After returning from a beer expedition to the UK, Owen
Ogletree (director of Brewtopia Events LLC) and Don Beistle gathered
beer lovers Eric Johnson (co-owner of Trappeze), Thel Melton and Sachin
Patel on November 12, 2008 at Trappeze
in Athens, GA
to sample and comment on several excellent bottled English Ales brought
home in their suitcases.
This sampling was done as a "best of show" blind tasting where no one
was aware of the brands that were being served. Products were
commented upon and ranked according to Beer
Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines. First,
third place, and honorable mentions were awarded to the products we
this style in extraordinary fashion. Drop Owen an email to share your
opinions. We must
mention that due to each of these beers being delicious and well-made,
it was extremely difficult to choose standouts (thus our multiple ties
L-R: Eric Johnson is co-owner of Trappeze in Athens.
Don Beistle writes the "Ask Dr. Brewski" column for Southern Brew News.
Traquair Bear Ale
Traquair House - Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, Scotland, UK
Aroma: Hint of dark caramel malts; slight blackberry esters; slight floral hop note.
Appearance: Amber color; clear; medium/light foam.
Flavor: Malty; dry; woody hops; clean; well attenuated; bready; medium toast flavors.
Hobsons Old Henry
Hobsons Brewery & Co. Ltd. - Cleobury Mortimer, UK
Aroma: Fruity; melon hint; smoke hint; leather note; hops; spicy undertones.
Appearance: Slight haze; amber color; light foam; low head.
Flavor: Very complex; grassy; smoke hint; herbal; melon; woody; almost no carbonation; dry, but not too bitter; rye-like; peaty; woody tannins; earthy, grain husk notes.
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