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Hello to the cocktail-heads I know. And hello to everyone else.
I also enjoy beer and whilst doing a food shop (rare for me as usually I eat at work, but I'm between positions at the moment) I bought some reduced bottles. All of these were found in the "World Beers" section of the supermarket, despite being British. I realised that this was because they are not big Brewery owned products like Shepard Neame and Fuller's. I hope they don't get dropped through lack of sales because of this shelving... Anyway, I digress.
Adnams is a pretty big "indie" producer in the UK and more recently they have opened shops and started producing spirits.
Sole Star is a very light Amber or golden or whatever ale at 2.7%. Having been incredibly impressed with The Kernel's Table Beer that comes in at sub 3% I thought I'd give this a try for the modest sum of £1 for 500ml. No big disappointment, but this is a very different beer. Whilst the Kernel's beers are typically massive, full flavoured hop or malt bombs, this is much lighter. Described as floral and citrus, I'd agree on the nose. More malt on the palate than I expected but unfortunately the beer suffers a massive loss of mouth feel and body. The finish is pretty short and flat. However, it's a 2.7% pint! You could enjoy one of these in the lunch hour and feel confident going back to work. It's by no means a flavourless beer and would make an ideal entry level ale to those who have previously only drunk Euro Lager.
Did I mention it was £1 ?
My favourite way to enjoy an IPA and a whisky in one bottle? Great!
Like this Innis & Gunn beers, Boilermaker is an IPA aged in used Penderyn Whisky casks by Brains Brewery in... Wales.
Much more full bodied, as you'd expect with a doubled ABV of 6.5%.
Deep copper/burgundy coloured. Malty smooth, with good vanilla but balanced with a sensible level of citrus.
No real "warm whisky finish" as advertised, but the casks influence is certainly there.
Again, not a bad beer at £1.50 a bottle.
I have two Innis & Gunn releases to compare this to in the following days as well as a self-described American IPA by the same brewery. I'd return to Boilermaker much quicker than Marks & Spencer/Meantime's Greenwich Hospital Porter (Laphroaig Aged) that I found too medicinal (funny, that!) though this is far from being my favourite IPA.
Edited by Adam George, 09 August 2013 - 08:25 AM.