The Three Boys recreate this legendary beer, balancing toasted malts to give a rich, complex flavour. Fuggles hops maintain tradition while select New Zealand hops add spiciness that carries this beer into the new world.
Lustrous coppery amber in colour with a firm collar of creamy white head (on handpull, bless). Aromas dominated by pale malt, golden syrup, self-saucing pudding, rosehip and other deep, sweet floral characters. The flavour is brassy and typically of British bitter, a style I’m particularly prone to loving incidentally. Excellent length and bitterness but with definite malty sweetness. Long finishing. Essentially a perfect session pint.
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Pours clear and golden (tick in the box, it does what it says on the label) with a good enduring head with biggish bubbles in it. The bouquet is fresh and fragrant. Among the grapiness and lemon grass was a toffeish note that intrigues. Also there’s banana passionfruit scents that reminds me of long summers in Nelson as well as hot buttered toast. I’d be quite happy if this is the last thing I ever smell. The taste is fresh and bitter at once. There’s a hoppy tang that I enjoy as well as a generous carbonation. This is an ideal summer ale and one I’ll be recommending in spadefuls.
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The Three Boys take it a step further using modern varieties of saaz hops grown in New Zealand, which give it that little bit extra aroma and flavour.