Beer review — Brains and Daleside

Brains SA Premium Beer from Wales 440ml can $4.00
It’s all the way from Cardiff, just $4 a can, and a very good example of dry, mild ale: burnished-copper colour; attractive, fruity-malty aroma; malty but dry palate with subtle hops flavours and mildly bitter finish. It’s understated, complex and at 4.2 per cent alcohol easy to sink a few.

Daleside Old Leg Over 500ml $8.20
From Wales we head north and west to Yorkshire for a darker, but still dry-ish ale, billed as ‘a right grand Yorkshire beer’. It’s beautifully fresh, with roasted-malt and nutty flavours to the fore – and well-judged hops bitterness kicking in refreshingly at the finish. All that, and it’s just 4.1 per cent alcohol.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2009

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