Great British Beer Hunt: Flying Dutchman and Bishops Farewell

Two more beers from the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt 2011, first up, Caledonian Flying Dutchman.

It poured a crystal clear burnished amber, with a loose white head. The head dropped fairly quickly to a patchy covering, but had good legs. The nose was complex, but barely perceptible. The main aroma appeared to me to be that dry yeasty smell you get off some bottle conditioned beers, but which I think is actually due to the wheat. Expelling every ounce of air from lungs allowed me to detect faint, faint hints of orange and spice, but they were so, so faint.

The blurb on the back of the bottle said it had a light body, I found it surprisingly full bodied, but not in a bad way. It seemed to sooth and caress the inside of my mouth with subtle orange marmalade notes. There was also a spiciness around the back of the mouth and a general drying of the palette the more I drank.

To be honest, I thought I was going to be disappointed by this beer, there was no sediment to mix in for starters. However, I quite liked it, although, just like the Wold Top Golden Summer, maybe a few more hops and less palette drying wheat (I know it’s a wheat beer, but I’ve homebrewed a Balgian Wit and it wasn’t this drying), would have really done it for me.

Strangely, I’ve never had a pint of Oakham Bishops Farewell in the pub, mainly as I’ve never seen it. I’ve had the opportunity to buy it in bottles for a awhile now though, but something has always stopped me, normally it’s so I can buy more of their excellent Citra, so it was about time I tried one.

It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a fluffy white head. The head took a bit of effort to get going, but once started, it nearly burst out of the glass. You could smell the aroma while pouring the beer, but once it was all in, it seemed to calm down and the pineapple cube notes were harder to pick out.

It was quite sprightly in the mouth, with an almost instant bitter prickle that built to a crescendo of citrus and pineapple. It all tailed off into the after taste, but I could still taste pineapple ages after a mouth full. Whilst it wasn’t as full on as their excellent Inferno, or as sinkable as their Citra, it was still a cracking, fuller bodied pale and hoppy beer.

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