From their website: Saltaire Brewery was established in 2005 and is dedicated to the production of high quality ales with a contemporary twist. The Brewery is close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire Village, famous for its Victorian industrial heritage and is situated in an old generating hall that once provided the electricity for the Bradford trams. The lofty Victorian architecture provides a perfect home to the bespoke 20 barrel brewhouse and Mezzanine Bar.
What they say about the beer:
Not much, really, just:
A classic English pale bitter, with light malt base and spicy fruitiness from the Challenger, Bramling Cross and Cascade hops.
What I thought about the beer:
Well, it’s a traditional English Bitter. And as the name suggests, bitterness is the key flavour profile. The beer is bright, and a lovely golden colour. Head retention is good with some lacing as you drink. The aromas are quite light, but fruity hops are there, the hops feature most in the bitterness. It has an easy drinking mouthfeel, not thin, but not thick, and for 3.9% ABV it’s got the right balance.
It’s a great example of a bitter. Personally, I wouldn’t chug more than one of these, although it would be a good session beer due to the relatively low ABV. The reason is that the bitterness, I found, was quite savoury, and the malt wasn’t providing enough sweetness for me, but at the same time, the hops were providing good bitterness but not the kind of hoppiness that I’d be looking for. I guess what I’m saying is I’m not that keen on the style, even though this is a great example, I’d prefer something else altogether.
Worth a try, I certainly don’t regret drinking it. You should try it at least once!
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