By way of minor preamble, I’ve had one hell of a week. By the time I finally got around to drinking this Over the Hill Dark Mild from Hillside Brewery I was absolutely gagging for the simple pleasure of a refreshing, easy-drinking yet flavourful beer. Weighing in at just 3.5% ABV, I was pretty sure that this Dark Mild was going to hit the spot, and I wasn’t disappointed!
By all means check them out online at their website and connect with them on Twitter. I had an exchange in Twitter with someone from Hillside Brewery on Thursday evening and again on Friday morning, and they were very friendly indeed.
As the name suggests, this is a mild. A style that has a reputation for being an old man’s drink. It’s certainly not a common style to find many places anymore, but there are people out there doing their best to keep the style alive against a tide of IPAs and Pumpkin Peach Wheat beers (don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that we are getting more and more variety, and the mild may not have the sex appeal of a 29% ABV 6000 IBU powerhouse, but damn, it hits the spot!).
A FULL BODIED, SINGLE-HOP, MALTY DARK MILD, WITH OUR BRAMLING CROSS HOP COMPLEMENTING A COCOA & ROASTED MALT CHARACTER.
So this is a dark mild, and the best way I can describe it is to say that it was a lot like a porter’s little brother. The rich, deep brown colour with the beige head that didn’t stick around too long, but long enough for me not to be disappointed, the aroma reminiscent of coffee with the slightest hint of smoke, the easy-going flavour profile that would be a great entry-level beer for the novice beer drinker or cooking lager drinker. Much less challenging than facing a pint of Guinness (yes, totally different style, but the comparison is valid) as a step in the right direction to a more varied palate for beer appreciation.
I must admit that I did not really stop to savour the flavours and aromas of the Over the Hill Dark Mild. Maybe I should have sunk a pint of my home-brew to quench my thirst first, but it went down too easily and was gone in just a few minutes. All too soon, in fact, and just like a great story I was left wanting more…