Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Classic Ales Six Pack--Fortyniner

Fortyniner is listed as a "rich and golden craft ale". It's brewed by Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England. It contains a mild 4.9% alcohol and comes in a 500mL bottle. According to the label, Ringwood uses "lightweight bottles because they are better for the environment." I've actually heard the same justification for the use of extra heavy bottles.

This was a hazy dull gold ale topped with a substantial level of bright white head. It had a sweet, bakery-fresh aroma with brown sugar notes. My taste buds were treated to a mellow, malt-forward brew that spotlighted sweet, bready notes, toffee, and a slight fruit squeeze. There is a bit of bitterness on the back end, but not oodles.

Fortyniner is an enjoyable enough ale, though a bit more body, less sweetness, and a better-defined hop finish would all have made for a better one.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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