Hammerton’s Red Ale has been in my fridge for some time as it arrived just before David Bowie passed away and so, even though it’s a silly notion, I couldn’t bring myself to open it.
And now that I have I’m glad that I waited a little while, as I’d have probably written some over emotional article that barely touched on the beer.
And that would have been unfair as this is a very good little bottle of beer indeed.
Conker red and with a toffee, peach and sweet chestnut smell, the beer begins all chewy and round, the malts giving you a very satisfying caramel shortcake body, and then the hops pop up with lots of herbal greenery, hazel and blackberry leaf tea, a touch of tangerine and some zesty lemon rind.
This is a very nice beer and I don’t want David Bowie to be gone.
It hurts almost as much as losing John Peel did.