There’s no need to guess what market this beer is targeted at, as the size of bottle and label totally gives it away. The mongoose on the label has a snake in it’s mouth, in what must be a rather unsubtle reference to the almost ubiquitous Curry house beer, Cobra. The bottle also bears a striking similarity to the large Cobra bottles as well, so I think it’s safe to say this beer is targeted at the curry eater. As I’ve never been the biggest fan of Cobra, I find it too malty and too filling and Kingfisher has always been far to insipid, I was looking forward to seeing if this would be a better beer for me to eat curry with.
It poured a pale golden colour, not insipid like Kingfisher by any means, but maybe not quite as golden and solid as Cobra. A compact tight white head was easily formed and dropped relatively quickly. The nose didn’t contain much, it was fresh, with maybe hints of lemon.
It had a pleasant mouth feel, I’d go as far as to say it was light and spritzy. While there may have been a touch of wateriness to the after taste, it wasn’t anything that detracted. It had quite a bit of bitterness, which was pleasing, it lingered in the after taste for quite some time. The after taste also contained a cereal flavour too, which, while a tad disappointing, wasn’t overbearing and didn’t last long.
I thought it was surprisingly nice and I’d rather drink one of these than a Cobra any day of the week.