Advent Beer: Moor PMA

I was supposed to finish on Moor JJJ IPA¹, but due to my incompetence, Thirsty had run out. So Moor Pale Modern Ale for those with a Positive Mental Attitude is the finisher instead.

Given the name, I was expecting something ultra pale. Instead, it was more of a burnished copper, marmalade colour. The loose white head sat proudly, taking its time to slowly sink back.

I struggled to get much on the nose. It wasn’t that there was nothing there, I just couldn’t determine what it was. Maybe some slightly citric aromas, maybe a bit of biscuity malt, maybe.

Lots of body in the mouth, with a lovely prickly wave of bitterness to start. A solid, slightly sweet, malty backbone supported the bitterness, allowing it to sweep through the mouth. Lingering bitter orange flavours lead into the, slightly sweet and juicy, aftertaste.

As you would expect from Moor, the execution is spot on. Very drinkable, very moorish, very good.

¹ Yes, of course I’ve had JJJ IPA before. Normally from 660ml bottles, but also on cask occasionally. Damn you high strength beer duty!!!

It’s my blog though, and as I’d not had it for about four years, or from a can. I figured that would be the perfect beer to finish on.

C’est la vie, there will be other opportunities. Merry Christmas!

Advent Beer: BAD Wild Gravity

I’d not heard of BAD Co. (Brewing & Distilling Co.) before. So when I popped back into Thirsty for a last minute restock, one had to go into the Advent Beer selection.

Wild Gravity, is packaged in one of those wide mouth cans, which I really detest. I’m at home, not off camping in the wilderness, I do have access to a glass. The only benefit I can see, is if you get the lighting right, you can see into the can while you pour. So for a beer that says, unfiltered and maybe naturally hazy on the can (i.e. there’s going to be sediment), this is a plus point.

Having said that, it duly poured a clean and clear auburn marmalade, with a loose, just off white head. No sign of any sediment, or haze. The head dropped pretty quickly. There wasn’t much on the nose, possibly some marmalade type aromas, but nothing I could really pick out.

In the mouth it was pretty nice, subtle and balanced, rather than brash and shouty. Some prickly bitterness, on top of a solid malt foundation, started things off. It smoothed out quite quickly though, with both the bitterness and malt body dying off abruptly.

This was slightly disappointing, as a touch more late bitterness and body, would really have set the aftertaste up nicely. It was pleasant enough, with some bitter orange flavours that lingered. It just felt a bit flabby though, maybe as it was quite juicy, rather than it actually lacking any body.

All in all, I quite enjoyed this beer. After it had sat for a bit, the body did fill out, so take the muttering above, with a pinch of salt.

Having never heard of this brewery before, this beer is enough to peek my interest. I will be plucking a few of their other cans off the shelves in Thirsty next time I’m passing.

Advent Beer: Chorlton Madarina Lager

The blurb on the can, stated that this beer is vegan friendly and inspired by unfiltered kellerbier, so presumably unfined and unfiltered. So what to expect? Pin bright, a light haze, lots of murk, or lumps of yeast…?

It poured a much darker colour than I was expecting. Instead of the common insipid pale straw, it was reminiscent of iced tea, in both colour and clarity. I certainly wouldn’t say it was hazy, it had definitely crossed over into murky. The head didn’t last long either, which made it look a bit of a sorry sight in the glass.

The nose didn’t reveal much, aromas were there, but they were very subtle and hard to pick out. Flavour wise it was a bit of a muddle, with a bit too much yeast character for my liking. Bitterness asserted itself pretty quickly and lingered long into the aftertaste, which was nice though.

There was plenty of body from the malt, and flavour from the hops, so the bitterness felt relatively light to start with, but built as you got further down the glass. While the bitterness ended up being quite assertive, and would probably have been more so, but it was attenuated by the yeast flavours.

I’d like to be able to say that there were lovely subtle orange flavours, or some other kind of citric hop character. While there were some, they were almost impossible to pin down, as the yeast flavours encroached too far.

The aftertaste was pretty juicy, but not remotely flabby and watery like the Bibble from the other night. As previously mentioned, the bitterness lingered, leaving the mouth tingling pleasantly. The hop burps, were also rather pleasant too.

I checked the can after pouring and I had left some liquid in the can, which was really murky. You could also clearly see some yeast, still in the ring around the base too. So it wasn’t like I’d dumped the whole can in and necked it. It wasn’t that it was unpleasant, quite the opposite. Instead of just being good, it would have been really, really good, if it had just been a bit cleaner.

I’ve had unfiltered kellerbier before and I’m pretty sure it didn’t taste of yeast. So I’m pretty sure you can be unfined, unfiltered and still be pretty clean tasting. Maybe cans just aren’t the best medium for distributing this kind of beer. Maybe I need to buy another one, leave most of it in the can, and just see what it’s like without any yeast contamination.

Advent Beer: Moor Claudia

Notes? Who needs notes…?

It had been a long day.

At work, we’d just released the latest version of our product. Most of us retired to the pub after that, a celebratory meal. Piles of food and lashing of beer. Not for me, driving home has its drawbacks.

Home eventually, tired, cotton wool for brains. Beer, beer would be good. Notes though, I’ll have to take notes, I’ll have to blog. All I want to do is fall asleep on the sofa.

What’s in the fridge, oh, a wheat beer, I can dump the sediment in, neck the lot.

So, yes, Moor Claudia, it does what t says on the tin, drink and fall asleep be merry. Dump¹ the lot into a glass and neck it… 😴💤💤💤

¹ Yes, I know the can says store upright and pour gently, but it’s a wheat beer…

Advent Beer: Wild Beer Bibble

For some reason I’ve not had that many beers from Somerset based Wild Beer Co. I’ve found some of their small bottles to be distinctly lacking, while their big bottles we just a bit too pricey.

Bibble, according to the Wild Beer website, is evidently means to drink regularly, so it’s presumably a Session IPA type affair. It poured a marmalade orange with a thinish off white head, it wasn’t a lively pour. In a similar fashion to the Release the Chimps from the other night, this can had some sediment in it. Unlike the Release the Chimps, this sediment didn’t appear to overly affect the beer in the glass, other than making it slightly opaque.

The nose had notes that implied the contents had been shown plenty of biscuity malt and a few hops; although I couldn’t place any particular aroma. For a beer with that colour and smell, I was quite disappointed by the mouthfeel, while it initially started out filling the mouth, it quickly went the way of watery and dissipated.

You could argue that this was the beer being juicy, but it meant that the lingering aftertaste was disappointing. I was expecting more bitterness and more flavour from the hops. It was all just a little plain, with nothing really standing out, other than the disappointing mouthfeel.

I’ve found that some beers taste better when you don’t think. They’re better when you take a hearty mouthful, rather than a contemplative sip. This would be one of those beers. It was more satisfying taking a large mouthful, at least while the beer was in the mouth. This also seemed to truncate the aftertaste, with the flabby wateriness departing quicker and leaving a subtle bitter marmalade flavour behind it.

So a drinking beer, rather than a contemplative beer and probably better from keg.

Advent Beer: NVB Release The Chimps

I knew this day would come. The day where a craft can would contain yeast that shouldn’t be there. No way to know, until it’s too late and already in your glass.

Nene Valley Brewery are new to me. I’ve seen their cans on the shelves at Thirsty, but have always passed over them, choosing beer from better known breweries. Advent Beer gave me the perfect opportunity to pluck one off the shelf and give it a go.

The can opened noisily, with some foam instantly coming out of the resulting opening. It didn’t quite gush, but made for a lively pour into the glass, taking three attempts to get it all in. Once the can was empty, it was pretty obvious that there was some sediment in the glass, with tiny suspended particles and a few larger dollops of yeast on the bottom.

There was nothing on the nose, at least nothing I could detect. The usual Session IPA type bouquet that I was expecting to be bursting forth, was absent. Instead, nothing, quite the disappointment. I’d like to tell you that it was nicely bitter and tasted of some fancy hops, but to be honest, all I could taste was manky yeast.

I couldn’t find anything on the can to say that the yeast should’ve been there, no mention of it being can conditioned, for example. The further I got through the glass, the more annoyed I got, mainly as there seemed to be a half decent beer underneath. Hop character would start to form in the mouth, and I’d get my hopes up, only to have them trodden underfoot by the rampaging manky yeast flavour.

Was it just a duff can? Was it supposed to be packaged like that? Was it just slackness from the brewery, or the canners? Either way, I suppose I knew this day would come, when you can’t see into the container to make a judgement call on when to stop pouring. At least with glass, you can generally see any sediment, intentional or not, sliding down towards the neck and stop pouring.

I really wasn’t impressed last night, more at the waste of money, rather than anything else. I suppose that it’ll now be a while before I pluck another NVB can off the shelves, instead choosing beer from better known breweries who I know I can trust.

Advent Beer: Beavertown Quelle Farmhouse Pale

Pretty sure Beavertown Quelle used to be called a Saison, rather than a Farmhouse Pale. What’s in a name? De toute façon, est-il bon?

for some reason I’ve never had this beer before, even though I’ve seen it around. I’m not sure why, but as it turns out, it’s been my loss.

It poured a pale, hazy, light straw colour, with a loose white head. Looking just like you’d imagine a saison should. I didn’t get much on the nose, there was some freshness with a hint of underlying lemon though. In the mouth, it was tart, lemony, peppery, quenching and very drinkable. It also had a lingering, slightly yeasty and very mouthwatering aftertaste.

The only fault I could mention, was that it became really quite cerealy / wheaty as it warmed up, which wasn’t so great. Having said that, this isn’t really the kind of beer that will be getting left to warm up. It’s that good, you’ll have drunk it all, before it get’s anywhere near that state.

I like it, a lot.