Monday, 19 January 2015

Classic Ales Six Pack--Cocker Hoop

Jennings Cocker Hoop is, according to its 500mL bottle, brewed at Castle Brewery, in the Lake District. The label also includes a definition of "cock-a-hoop" ("In very high spirits" or "Boastful"), and an explanation that the brewery is located on the banks of the River Cocker. Finally, the label declares that this golden pale ale is "Unabashedly cocky".

Cocker Hoop contains a very light 4.2% alcohol. Underneath a chubby cloud of loose, cream head, it is a slightly lazy, cheery golden ale. There is a crunchy, toastiness to the nose, as well as a suggestion of modest hop presence. It tastes of rich and dry cereal malts up front and closes with a lingering hop bitterness.

I found myself really enjoying this stuff. It has a toasty bitterness that I found appealing. Of course, a bit more alcohol would be nice, but the low percentage doesn't lead to a corresponding flavour deficit. A fine British ale.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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