What a fine example this is of just what big flavours you can get from a low ABV beer if you get it right.
Countryman is a Table Beer, and what’s more, if you were out for the night as a designated driver, you could very happily drink a couple of these during the evening.
Pouring a pale gold with a nice fluffy white head, the smell is caramel and lemongrass and hay bales.
Taking a swig you find a solid malt body forming the base of the beer, with honey, rich tea biscuits and caramel wafers, with a little apple juice and salt coming through from the yeast.
The hops – Challenger and, according to the bottle, Brand New (though that’s a new one on me) – create a world of hedgerow goodness, pithy sapling wood, green herbal leaves, chard, nettle tea and some fizzy lemon zest.
This is a terrific little beer.
Source: Hillside Brewery