I don’t bloody believe it. For what feels like the gazillionth (but I think is actually the fourth) time this year I am struck down with the some mysterious strain of lurgy.
OK, so struck down is probably a bit of an exaggeration. But I was in bed, watching Parks & Recreation, choking back the last gulp of asprin when I opened this bottle of Miners Galore. I thought it would be a good choice of sick-beer because it’s described on the bottle as “a crispy brown beer brewed with Rosehip blossoms, which the first miners seeped to make tea.”
Sounds kinda good for you, right?
To be honest I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention while I was drinking it due to me feeling a bit crap and Parks and Recreation being so funny and all (get past season 1 and it’s gold – trust me), but I did observe the following:
Smelled like a schizophrenic porter. Dark, bitter roasty notes contrasting with a punchy fruitiness. Rosehip? I don’t know. I’ve never eaten them, but I’ve heard they taste like cranberry. Did this taste like cranberry? Maybe a bit.
In the mouth it was quite sharp and tangy, which I guess would be the rosehip’s main contribution. It was well balanced though – with the roasty malty sweetness battling the rosehip/hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-light, perhaps could have been fuller - BUT – I was hungry when I drank it, and when I’m hungry I often crave more body.
Overall I think it was a pretty solid dark beer. It didn’t knock my socks off (or miraculously heal my lurgy), but it did make me want to try more from these guys. Which is just as well – because I still have 259 more beers to find.