Speight’s Gold Medal Ale

Lies and the lying liars that tell them. If this is an ale I’ll eat my hat.

It’s a dark amber, sure, but ales should be darker than this.

It also doesn’t have any of the warm malty depth that I desire in a nice ale.

So it’s the most lager looking and tasting ale in the country.

Now, I know what really makes an ale and a lager, it’s really just down to where the yeast does its work.

But still, there’s a feel you expect about your respective lagers and ales, and Speight’s Gold Medal just doesn’t have the right one for me.

Never mind though.

Plain brown glass bottle, 330ml, 4.0%ABV.

Colour is a nice dark amber. Pours with a weak head that vanishes leaving a soapy lace.

Scent is quite nice on opening, a gentle maltiness.

Flavour is clean and simple. It’s not a complex brew at all. Perhaps a little weak in fact. With only the gentlest of hop flavours.

Mouthfeel is clean, leaves a slight numb soapiness.

Nice for a common beer of an evening., or if you don’t want to ruin a better brew by building a delicious shandy.

I’d say it’s the best choice if you were thinking of getting a really plain lager, like a Lion Red or a DB Export Gold. Get a Gold Medal Ale instead.

Don’t think you’re a real ale drinker afterwards, though.

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