Cassels & Sons Best Bitter 4.3%: Cask conditioned and served from a traditional handpump, this beer pours a bright amber hue with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with lemon curd and grape combining with luscious cookie-like malt notes. In the mouth the beer is medium-bodied and drier than the nose suggests, with lemon zest and stonefruit sitting on top of the malt before the bitterness and drying effect of the hops wins out to leave an emphatic appetising finish. Tending more towards a pale ale than a bitter, this beer is a great match for most flavoursome English cheeses. Otherwise, try it with a classic Kiwi meat pie or a well loaded burger.
Geoff Griggs – October 2011
A Great British bitter with crisp New Zealand hop varieties. 'Handpull, cask conditioned pint from The Brewery. Pours a glorious amber with a tight white collar of fluffy head that leaves an excellent lace down the glass. A good looking pint with little in the way of carbonation evident. The aromas are lemon fresh and grassy with a lush grapeiness and indeed that is the apparent flavour upon first tasting. Then there’s a whack of bitterness and biscuity malt, then comes tart gooseberry and lemon zest again. The finish is lasting and generous. There’s nothing not to like about this pint.'
Source RateBeer.com (jimthechap)
Christchurch, NZ - JUL 11, 2011