Beer review — Ushers and Renaissance

Ushers Founders English Ale 500ml $7.50
Ushers is a mid-to-deep amber coloured southern English ale style. The aroma’s malty and fruity and seasoned with assertive, attractive hops notes. The malt and fruit come through, too, on a rich but dry palate. A vein of goldings hops weaves through these flavours and contribute a satisfying, lingering bitterness.

Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale 500ml $11.90
This is an extraordinarily powerful beer – luxuriously frothy and lively with unctuous, malty flavours, boosted by its seven per cent alcohol content. The blend of nine different malts presents a spectrum of flavours, from caramel through to chocolate and roasted grain. A pleasant tartness offsets the malt sweetness, giving a clean dry finish.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2011
First published 13 July 2011 in The Canberra Times

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