Just a short one this time, I’m sure we’ve all got other things to do at this time of year.
Arran Brewery is located in Brodick on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Ayrshire. I was recently given two bottles from the brewery, brought back from Arran itself, though Arran bottles are available in my local supermarket.
Arran Sunset is described on the label as a ‘premium beer’, but no further clues are given as to what type of beer it is. It’s light orange in colour and has an ABV of 4.4%. Coming from where it does, this beer is probably best described as a heavy, or a best bitter.
The smell gives little away, and it took some time for any aroma to develop in the glass. The taste starts with fruit and flowers, which give way to a strong floral hop bitterness which in turn leads to a long aftertaste. This may be a traditional heavy, but the quality of the hops gives it a thoroughly modern feel.
Arran Blonde is also helpfully described on the label as a ‘premium ale’. I do wish brewers (or their admen) would stop using the word ‘premium’. It is just a buzzword and means absolutely nothing. Blonde weighs in at a respectable 5.0% and is a slightly hazy pale orange. It is fruity, the ABV showing in its robust smoothness. The flavour is rich, and there’s a taste in here – sweet with a slightly bitter edge – that makes me think of honey. There is little of hops in this beer. The aftertaste is short and ever-so-slightly bitter.
These are both very good beers and you should have no reservations about buying them.
Happy Christmas, one and all!
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