Kronstad Pride by ClubGonzo, Bitter, 4.4% ABV, 31.7 IBU.
Oh my Dog, I’m a crazy man. After having rated three very bitter, hop-laden, palate-wrecking IPAs this evening, the last one being spiced with habanero chillies, I’m now going for a mellow British bitter. Ha! It’s my blog and I rate what I want to! (My excuse is that I find bitters incredibly boring, so I won’t waste a virgin palate on a beer of this style. Prejudiced? Me?)
It pours a slightly hazy, medium amber body, with a small-ish, off-white head that settles as a thin but everlasting layer.
The aroma is moderate, with notes of sweet generic fruits and caramel. The same goes for the flavour. Nothing bad here, but very far from being interesting. It might be true to the style, it might even be a perfect clone of London Pride, but it doesn’t quite ring my bell. The taste is moderate to light sweet, and there is a light bitterness in the finish.
It’s smooth and pleasant on the palate, with a soft carbonation. For a 4.4% ABV it has an impressive body. Hm. It’s actually quite drinkable!
Conclusion: a simple, rather nice and sessionable beer, fitting for the Friday pub quiz.
Aroma: 5/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 5/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 10/20 Ratebeer score: 2.8/5.0