Merlin’s Micro Brewery Spellbound (4%)

SpellboundI quite like this as it goes, though I fail to see how this is an Amber Ale when it’s light and straw coloured and not as amber as Merlin’s Golden Ale.
But then I might just be a pedant.
Anyhow, you know me well enough by now and regardless of the colour that it should or shouldn’t be, this is pretty good.
The smell is lemon juice and gingerbread and as you take a sip, the malts follow in this vein.
There’s even an earthy edge that I usually find in rye beers and it’s very nice, and you also get some burned sugar and breadcrumbs before the hops go all sharp and bitter, full of green nettle tea.
Lemon juice and lime zest jump up at the end and add a citrus edge to the long, slightly fudgey sweet finish.
Very nice indeed, but Amber?

 

Source: Best Of British Beer

About Simon Williams

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