Thursday, 12 December 2013

Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale

Simeon Jones River Valley Amber Ale hails from Kings Landing, New Brunswick, where it is brewed by the fantastic Northampton Brewing Company, the brilliant folks behind the outstanding Picaroons beers. Simeon Jones is sold in 500mL bottles wrapped in a nice old-timey label. It clocks in at 4.5% alcohol.  According to the bottle, Simeon Jones operated a brewery Saint John, New Brunswick and was eventually mayor of that city.

S.J. pours a handsome clear amber colour beneath a cream head. This mild but pleasant ale has a slightly bready, malt focused aroma and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It has a gentle flavour that is malty with some copper notes and a dusting of caramel. There's not a lot of hop bitterness in this one,

This is a pretty decent ale. It's smooth and easy drinking. The low alcohol content makes S.J. very sessionable, though you don't have to skimp on flavour. I'd like to see a bit more body and a touch more hops, but I suppose that's not really the beer that they're trying to make.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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