Dundee English-Style Ale
Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Dundee English-style Ale was sent to me by the folks at Dundee Brewing Co. (There is a dating code on the neck of the bottle 2661 13:07 4E)
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: Here is a bright honey colored brew with large and small enthusiastic carbonation that builds a rocky head of small and large bubbles leaving behind a respectable Belgian lace.
Aroma: The first impression is of roasted-toasted grain. The second impression includes a touch of green grass aromas. The third nosedive reveals a new-garden earthiness.
Flavor: After the first cool refreshing impression the flavors that arrive are spikes of almost metallic tang quickly softened by a caramel sweet note. A second sip reveals a continuation of this Cotillion. The third swig reveals how this dance ends, in tune and in harmony, the flavors that is.
Mouth feel: This is a relatively lightweight beer without pretense.
Finish: The finish to this beer is almost delicate, leaving just a trace of the two major flavor components.
Comments: At 5.1% alcohol by volume this brew is a little hefty for a session beer. However, the flavor profile certainly fits a session beer definition. That said, a more judicious choice of hops might’ve given this beer a bit more pedigree.
If there is a pub, bar, tavern, restaurant or sports bar that doesn’t have this product in their cold-box they are missing a good chance to introduce their beer drinking customers to basic ale.
This is an ideal ale served with burgers (medium well) and fries, enjoyed by a group of young people discussing life after college.
The Brewery: Dundee Brewing Co