Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Classic Ales Six Pack--Banks's Bitter

The Park Brewery in Wolverhampton, England is the home of Banks's Bitter. This hazy, sunburnt ale is brewed by Banks's Beer. It contains a very soft 3.8% alcohol and pours with a nice covering of off-white head. It comes in a beautiful 500mL bottle that features the motto Fide et Fortitudine--which a little quick Googling tells me means "by fidelity and fortitude", which is mildly ironic, given the lack of alcoholic fortitude in this little number.

Banks's Bitter contains a mild aroma that is balanced between malty and bitter, and which has a wee smidge of fruity sweetness. In the flavour, notes of grain and apple are present, though in small measure. Really, the taste of this stuff is extremely mild. It's very drinkable, but it's also very thin and a but watery. It does have a nice, fresh finish.

The nice thing to say is that this beer has a delicate flavour, that it's subtle and refined. Those things are true enough, but my personal take on this bitter ale is that it has a flavour deficit. I'd like lots more body and more hops presence to make this a better bitter.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.

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