Marks and Spencer

American Pale • Island Hopper Pale AleWhite IPAWinter Spiced Porter

American Pale (5.5% ABV, can)
Bright and golden with nice carbonation and a big, thick white head, this beer has been made by Cornwall’s Harbour Brewing Co and is in a can. A big, resinous, piney hop aroma is apparent as soon as the tin is opened, and there are hints of lime citrus, too. The palate offers clean, fresh hop bitterness, quite a punch of IBUs, although there’s not too much bitterness on the finish, where some orange pith manifests itself. The flavours balance well and I’d certainly pick up another tin from M&S’s excellently stocked shelves. (01-05-2016)

Island Hopper Pale Ale (4.5% ABV, can)
Light amber with a white head, the bottle I tried had a bit of a butterscotch diacetyl note to it, despite an enticing tropical fruit, slightly spicy aroma. There’s spice from the hop on the palate and into the bitter finish. Made for M&S by Windsor and Eton Brewery. (27-04-2015)

White IPA (5.5% ABV, bottle)
Golden / yellow, this Adnams-made beer is well carbonated with a good white head that stays well. The aroma is quite resinous, with hints of peach skin. On the palate, it’s got spicy, piney hop notes, with tropical citrus and a hint of yeastiness. (06-01-2016)

Winter Spiced Porter (5.5% ABV, bottle)
Warming and spicy, this winter porter is made by Meantime and is a deep red / brown with a beige head dissipates quite quickly. The spiciness doesn’t overwhelm the other flavours, though, which include deep rich fruit, roast malt, and a hint of bitter coffee, with berry fruit bitterness on the finish. (06-03-2016)

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