Redwell brewery of Norwich are a new brewery to me, and I just had to try some. Especially as I’m a sucker for well designed packaging.
I don’t know what the relevance of the supermarket deli ticket is to a brewery, but I like how the shape looks wrapped around a bottle.
The beer appears lightly filtered and looks pretty good standing in a line at the front of my beer collection.
But how does it taste?
Because that’s the important part, right?
Well, it’s a little bit patchy, look…
Pale Ale (4%)
The aroma to this beer is so light it’s a struggle to find, which generally doesn’t bode well, but taking a swig you find a decent, if unexciting, little Pale Ale.
There’s a light apple and pear juice rinsed biscuit and a little sticky honey from the malts, and then a gently prickly nettle tea and hazel bark pithy bitterness from the hops that crackles on your tongue and makes for a crisp, bitter finish.
Steam Lager (4.6%)
Is it just me or is everyone starting to make a Steam Lager?
Regardless, this is pretty good.
The aroma is spiced apples and flower borders and the malting is a rich sticky toffee apple, brandy snaps and sour dough bread crusts.
There’s a decent hopping too, providing peppery rocket leaves, lemon zest, chamomile and blackberry leaf tea that leaves you with a bitter, dry, yet slightly sweet finish.
India Pale Ale (6%)
Were the Pale Ale was a little bit weak and wishy-washy, Redwell’s IPA is a big juicy beer that’s full of fun.
The aroma is jelly sweets and tropical fruit juice with a hint of vanilla.
There’s a big round chewy malt, all caramel, honey and apple juice, bread dough and buttery brioche.
The hops are hefty, full of astringent tangy citrus joy.
You get lots of sherbet coated sweeties, resinous redwood sap and pithy mandarin skins that leads you to a finish that’s long, crisp and bitter.
Oatmeal Stout (4.5%)
This is seriously thin for a Stout, especially an Oatmeal Stout where I’d hope to find something viscous, solid, mouth-coating.
But you can see through this beer as it pours into your glass the colour of weak coffee.
The flavours are decent enough, with prunes and coffee and a little bit of chocolate, but everything is a bit weedy, a bit limp.
Pretty uninspiring, truth be told.