BREWER: Silverstone Brewery, Northamptonshire, England
STYLE: Pale Ale
VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 28th March 2021
Haha, right, I am going to start with the fact that I did actually enjoy drinking this beer. That, is the most important thing by far when it comes to drinking a beer, actually enjoying it.
However, I’m not sure if Ignition caught me on a bad day but the whole visual of the bottle and motor racing related writing on the label got me… well, laughing if I’m honest! It’s just ridiculous. Silverstone Brewery, yes fine you have an obvious branding angle but don’t over egg that at every turn! (have I just fallen into the pun trap?? You’ll see that Sammy has. What the f**k is going on!)
Engineers of Beer. Pace setting pale ale. Supercharged with hops.
Honestly, leave it alone already.
But all that left aside what do we have?
Well, for me it reminded me a bit of an old school type pale you would get in an old school type boozer. The type of beer that doesn’t taste bad necessarily but certainly isn’t a good brew. A brew that is actually very drinkable but not really all that. A brew that when it comes to reviewing is actually a flippin nightmare!
Ignition is a beer that’s packaging and branding made me laugh (not in good way). A beer that made me think that more care and attention could and should have been paid to the brew.
But, somehow, a beer I did enjoy…
Over to you Sammy boy, don’t do it… oh, you did.
Jymi’s Rating: 60%
Let’s get things started with Ignition!
It kicks off with some weighty carbonation. You won’t be short of a head with Ignition, that’s for sure. And it looks very light in the glass, as promised. The nose is like a summer’s day in a flower garden, with hints of different arrangements singing through. It might sound a little over the top but it’s actually very pleasant. It takes you straight to the aforementioned scene, rather than the pit lane of Silverstone…
In the mouth Ignition is a little light and may be lacklustre for some. However, it’s well balanced and it’s slight bitter finish leaves you wanting more. Then, when you delve back in, light floral flavours welcome you back to the taste ride again.
All in all, Ignition is an excellent beer. Light, well-balanced and crisp in the mouth, this is a great beer for the spring/summer seasons. Where it’s lacking in the brew, it makes up for amply in the mouthfeel and overall balance.
Sammy’s Rating: 87%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 73.5%
MOB review next weekend: MATILDA’S TEARS by OXFORD CRAFT BEER CO.