“A modern twist on a traditional beer” goes the tagline, and it’s a sentiment I agree wholeheartedly with. This is quite simply one of the best beers I’ve ever tried. Made by the ‘likely lad’ combo of Neil Morrissey and Richard Fox out of their own microbrewery in Grafton, North Yorkshire, this little number is low alcohol (4%), so bucking the recent trend in real ales for high alcohol, aggressive beers. On the nose it is ripe with a distinctive, fruity hoppyness, that offers a first glimpse to this BBQ-friendly beer. It is a wonderfully nutty, caramelised beer with a gentle floral note that cuts through the toffee sweetness. An instant classic, it is a beer for the seasons, be it a warm September evening, a cold September evening, or with the finest plate of food you can conjure. Well worth a little try.
Available from Sainsbury’s for £1.90, along with the equally enjoyable ‘Morrissey Fox Blonde’ pale ale.