Recently I enjoyed a trip across the pond to Bristol with my mum for a few days. Got to spend quality time with my family. I was delighted when i arrived to find they bought some beers for me to enjoy. My cousin was delighted to tell me they were local beers too.
Bath Ales was established in 1995, with their brewery located in Warmley, situated between Bath & Bristol. They even boast 12 pubs, which sadly I didnt get to visit (always next time) http://www.bathales.com/our-pubs/
First up to try was Golden Hare, described as full flavoured light ale. When I poured it there was a citrus aroma that was mirrored by the taste. Had a very thin head. Was light and crisp to drink. At 4.4% it was a nice drinkable ale. I would have preferred it to be a little more bitter in taste.
Next up was Wild Hare, an organic pale ale at 5%. Poured a golden colour that was slightly cloudy. Nice hop smell to this one. The label described brewed using pale ale malt and english hops. This was nice and refreshing to drink. Slightly more bitter so appealled to me more. Nice dry finish to it.
Barnsey, “our distinctive dark bitter” at 4.5% was next. Poured a lovely deep mahogany colour. The aroma was quite nice, fruity with a hint of chocolate. It was a lovely smooth taste, quite sweet like caramel, with a slight bitter finish. It went quite well with the beef casserole I enjoyed for dinner.
Finishing my night was Dark Side, a stout at 4.0%. Now stouts are usually not my go to drink but I really enjoyed this one. It was very smooth and creamy to drink. The head did disappear after a couple of minutes. The aroma was like coffee but tasted like chocolate. It was a very pleasant stout to drink.