Moor Beer Co. Merlin’s Magic (4.5%)

I’ve read so much about Moor that I may have had overly high expectations.
In fact I was always going to be disappointed as every review I’ve read has been glowingly positive.
There are things about this beer I like a lot.
I like the 660ml bottle meaning you can leave the sediment and still pour a full pint.
I like how the orange of the label is reflected in the lovely mandarin hue of the beer.
I like the fiery dry heat of the hopping that puckers your tongue and curls back your gums, full of fly away floral flavours, pin-sharp peppercorns and sapling wood greenery.
But I’m struggling to find any discernible malts.
There’s a great big gap where the backbone of this beer ought to be.
It’s like it’s been gutted, all the meat removed.
This is a “Best Bitter done the Moor way”, and it’s nice but not great.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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