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FROM THE MUSE ON BOOZE ARCHIVES
BREWER: Ascot Brewing Company, Surrey, England
STYLE: Golden Ale
VESSEL: 500ml brown glass bottle
DATE POSTED: 10th April 2020
Before I even lift the lid on this sucker I need to get a few things off my chest. Ascot ales have gone down the horse racing road of branding with their range. Pretty clever really seeing as Royal Ascot race week is world famous. Now my first and biggest issue here is that their beers are not brewed in Ascot. They are brewed in Camberley, which is 10 miles away AND not even in the same flippin’ county. Now I’m sure business wise this makes perfect sense but I just find it pretty irritating if I’m being perfectly honest. What also irritates me is the name and label. I know we’re on the horse racing theme but 5/4 Favourite as a name? Really? Surely ‘The Favourite’ or something would be better? Oh I don’t know. Also going down the jockey silks road for the label I like, but please do better if you do. Please.
Anyway, I need a beer after all that ranting!
And thank the good laaaawd that it is a good one! In fact, it’s a great one!!
5/4 Fav pours a gorgeous thick brown that then brings us a light citrus nose. When getting into the taste the amount of flavour coming from this beer tells you that you are instantly onto a winner, and I suppose at odds against that is a good thing. There is a lovely build of lemon that then turns to an almighty bitter burst. It really is delightful.
All in all, as I’m sure you have to come realise, this is a splendid beer all dressed up in ridiculous robes. But at least this Surrey brewer has got the most important part oh so very right.
Jymi’s Rating: 75%
I’ve never had much luck on the gee gees. But then, I’ve never put a bet on a favourite, especially not a 5/4 favourite. The thing is, I’ve had more luck in the beer world. I’ve had the pleasure of trying many beers, you see. Some of them good, some of them great, some of them less so. And just a few come in as a good old favourite.
I have to say, much about Ascot’s offering impresses me. I’m on board with the whole racing theme. I mean, what else is there in good old Ascot? And there is the danger that such a theme could be gimmicky and lack any sort of punch in the drinking. Happily, that’s not the case with 5/4. It’s quite a charming beer. For a golden ale, it has some great bitter notes, but not too many. And its crisp, light and enticing.
Funnily enough, 5/4 Favourite would be right at home at the races. Unlike me. But when I come across one of these bad boys on tap, I’m going to be seriously tempted into supping one down, any time of the year on any occasion.
Well done Ascot Brewing Company, you could put Ascot on the map for something other than horse racing. Except it’s brewed in Camberley, which is a different county altogether. Oh well, doesn’t detract from the beer!
Sammy’s Rating: 82%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 78.5%
MOB review next weekend: WESTMALLE DUBBEL by BROUWERIJ DER TRAPPISTEN VAN WESTMALLE