April 23, 2013 by Luca Rossi
“Any colour you like”. This is the theme of the 2012 Waltham Forest Sports and Social Club festival. Followed throughout a trip in the variegated world of ales and ciders, with a tasting note in hands, here there are our favorite beers of the festival.
Redemption (Tottenham) – Trinity. An award-winning light ale brewed with three malts and three hops. Generous late hopping provides Seville orange aromas and the initial malt sweetness is dominated by citrus flavors which explodes on the palate. There is also a pronounced bitterness throughout.
Definitely our favorite.
Green Jack (Lowestoft, Suffolk) – Orange Wheat Beer. Marmalade aroma with a hint of hops, leading to a balanced blend of sweetness, hops and citrus and a malt background. Mixed fruit flavors in the aftertaste.
Nice too see and drink.
Cliff Quay (Earl Soham, Suffolk) – Black Jack Porter. A rich aniseed and roasted aniseed aroma, heralds the warming depths of complex and intriguing flavors in this porter with a twist. Deepest and darkest ruby black in color, with a pale and creamy head, the flavor strike in wave, aniseed, roasted grains, sweetness, bitterness combined.
A marmite beer.…you will love it or hate it.
Crouch Vale (south Woodham Ferrers, Essex) – Black. An exciting battleground between aroma and a full-on dark malt taste. A heavy but drinkable pint with black treacle, liquorice and coffee flavors that finishes long and bitter.
Oakham (Peterborough, Cambs) – Scarlet Macaw. Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness as sharp as a macaw’s screech.
Controversial but interesting.