Salopian Brewery Sentinel (8.4%)

SentinelEverybody gets something wrong sometimes.
Even the people we love make mistakes.
We note them and move on, remembering why we love them.
I love Salopian Brewery.
I love their range and their style, and I really love the new beer they are making.
But Sentinel (brewed in collaboration with Celt Experience Brewery), at least the two bottles I have tried, haven’t worked.
They’ve both been flat and heavy with diacetyl.
Perhaps the yeast is struggling under the weight of alcohol as happened with one of the Down Deeper beers that Arbor Ales did a year or two back.
Perhaps the bottles were released much too early.
Mind you after opening the first, I left the second in a warm place to condition for a fortnight but with no noticeable improvement.
And so this is a review of a beer that should have been, that might have been.
But I still love Salopian and so with a sigh I move on.

Source: Salopian Brewery

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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4 Responses to Salopian Brewery Sentinel (8.4%)

  1. Dick Pigg says:

    That’s disappointing to read Simon. I’ve a bottle waiting for me at Cotteridge which I’m still looking forward to trying but perhaps a little less now. Still gotta love Salopian.

  2. Brett says:

    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I got a batch of Sentinel from Best of British Beer, and though I’ve only had one so far, that bottle was a complete and utter success. It really was everything I was hoping for from a Salopian IIPA.

    The beer poured out with a fluffy and invitingly aromatic head, and there was no diacetyl disaster at all.

    I really would urge you to pick up some more and to give it another bash, as it really is a truly wonderful beer. Just thinking about it now makes we want another one…

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