PEDIGREE

 

BREWER: Marston’s, Staffordshire

STYLE: Amber Ale 

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle 

TWITTER: @MarstonsBrewery

MOB RATING: 61%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

# Good old John Marston, a great Victorian bloke, he brought us Marston’s, the finest beer from casks of oak. Brewed the great Victorian way, up until the present day and Pedigree’s the finest brew in all the land, HOOOOORAAAAAY #

But is it, is it the finest brew in all the land?

No. Simple as that.

I mean it’s ok, but it is most certainly not living up to that very bold statement that I seem to recall was slung out there as an advertising campaign when I was a lad.

However, there are highs and there are lows when it comes to Pedigree as a whole package. And those highs and lows seem to come in varying levels of intensity as you move through the experience.

Ok, the look of bottle, very average. I like the Red and Black but that’s where it ended…well, I thought. Once I began to investigate what information had been bunged on the label I was met with a whole hoard of facts regarding the packaging and what I was drinking. The best of which was being told who the chap on the front of the bottle was (he was the head brewer at the time a staff competition was run to rename the beer formally known simply as ‘P’). See, loads of facts hey?! And I have to say it influenced my thoughts on the overall packaging. The look still isn’t great but understanding it definitely got this Midlands brew a few more marks. So after a low followed by a high we get to the nose, and let me tell you, it was a huge low, it was a HORROR SHOW! It smells like fuel, and I have to say it totally put me off drinking it. But I thought as I was mid review I had better proceed as didn’t want to let our 6 followers down 😉 So, as I’ve already mentioned, the taste is ok at best and certainly not the finest brew in all the land. However Pedigree is creamy smooth and actually goes down a treat to be fair.

Not bad. Not good. The end.

 

Jymi’s Rating: 60%

 

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Sometimes, the brand design pulls one in straight from the start.  Often, the packaging suffices and does a decent enough job of tempting the drinker into the amber world of the ale contained within the said packaging.  Very rarely though, there is the product design that is so bad that it takes an effort to get over.  In my, humble it must be said, opinion, this is the case with Marston’s encasement of Pedigree.  I would like to liken it to a villain in a film, such as Darth Vader, but that would be far too generous to it because film baddies are very often so loved and designed to have some form of connection with their audience.  This packaging has no connection on any level.  So in that case, at least the design is unique – but for all the wrong reasons.  It really is that bad it took a mammoth effort for me to pull Pedigree out from its shelf on the fridge, where it had been nestled for some time and had become accustomed to.  I think you get the picture – I do not like the packaging on Pedigree: Marston’s, what were you thinking?

So let’s get over the high-jump equivalent of a hurdle to what really matters – the contents.   The nose is light and malty and doesn’t fade over time.  Those light aromas hang pleasantly in the nasal cavity and lead you to believe that there is much to come from Pedigree.  And the taste, like the smell, is light with a clear bitter backdrop.  There’s not too much length in the after-drinking but to be fair to Pedigree that’s very much in keeping with its nose a taste.  It lends itself to being a pleasant session beer.

And that’s the problem – it’s pleasant at best.  I don’t mean that as an insult to Pedigree but rather there are many more ales in this category that stand so much taller than it does.  It’s neither here nor there but somewhere in the middle.  For many that will work nicely.  For me, it needs to do more.  It needs to be better than pleasant.  The very fact that the appalling packaging has heaviest weighting in this review should speak volumes to you all.

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Sammy’s Rating: 62%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 61% 

 

 

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WOLF WARNING IPA

We’re off over the North Sea to Scandinavia this weekend where we have a guest reviewer named JLarc to let us know his thoughts on this curious looking IPA. 

Hope you enjoy and have a most splendid weekend..    

BREWER: Sofiero Brewery, Halland County

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 5.5%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @sofierobeer 

MOB RATING: 76%

JYMI SAY’S…

I’d like to think that we’ve all have all had that moment in our lives when younger (though of course not everyone has) where your Great Aunt Bethyl used to force feed you IPA…. sorry, Toffees, whilst sitting on a bench looking out over the vast sea. You could sit there chewing that buttery sweet for what seemed like forever, dreaming of becoming either a Pirate or Marine Biologist specialising in the annual movements and feeding patterns of the Cyprinodon Diabolis.

Fast forward some years and you could quite easily find yourself in a similar situation (though sadly fabricated Bethyl passed away in an unfortunate sit-on lawnmower incident). There you are, sitting on a bench looking out over the vast sea sipping on a very nice brew named Wolf Warning, the large buttery tones of toffee take you back, back to the time you dreamt of Piracy or Marine Biology, or in my case… BOTH!

This is a genuinely good IPA. The can tells us what we’re going to get and it delivers on it.

It’s smooth as hell, really tasty and pretty good you know! Not a huge amount more to say about it taste wise.

When it comes to the look of the tin though, I’m not totally sold. Yet again there is huge promise but it just isn’t quite there …. It’s a bit of a can of two halves. The top half with the matt silver back drop and black drawing of a triplane and moody clouds just looks ace. However the bottom half is really muddled and the Wolf Warning Triangle doesn’t do much for flow of the packaging. Overall the look isn’t all that appealing for a boy named Jymi.

All in all we have a good tasting ale here that isn’t that hard to come across, so when you see one, I say grab…. Twelve.

Jymi’s Rating: 75%

SAMMY SAY’S…

Craft Warning has two brands: Wolf Warning and Elk Warning.  The ‘Wolf’ are beer based products (lager, double brew lager and IPA) while the ‘Elk’ are cider based beverages.

Let us first begin with the obvious and let us not ignore the elephant in the room: this offering from a small brewery in Southern Sweden has an eye-catching, clever design.  Whoever is in-charge of marketing and creativity at Craft Warning deserves a good old-fashioned pat on the back and three cheers because they have produced an outstanding can – no two ways about it.   This beer stands out on the shelf and offers assurances of big things in a market that has some very stiff competition…

Once opened, the nose on this IPA is a definite nod to its crafty cousins (from well-established craft brewing houses) and carries a fruity, slightly apricot based, aroma.  And we all know that’s a hit.  Sweet and tempting, it promises to be another belter of a beer, one which could be enjoyed as readily on a long summer’s evening just as easily as it could on a chilly winter’s night in front of the fire.

On drinking, Wolf Warning IPA doesn’t quite live up to the big hitters that it’s pitched against.  Although the flavour is decent, it lacks in the depth and the length that the standout beers in this arena give in abundance.  But that said, it is good, and it is definitely not to be ignored.

While Wolf Warning IPA has some tough, and frankly better, opposition, it’s not one to be ignored on the shelf.  And with packaging such as it has, who could ignore it anyway? 

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Sammy’s Rating: 77%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 76% 

JLARC SAY’S…

After a long, hard day in the matrix what better task could you have than to sup on a beer supplied by the Muse on Booze crew for guest review? Sat; feet up, football on, Wolf Warning IPA can cracked open, here we go…

I can’t say I’ve ever (knowingly) consumed a beer brewed in Sweden before, so I didn’t really know what to expect from this. Could it swing the way of Swedish cuisine… bizarre flavour combinations that on the odd occasion come together to form something far greater than the sum of its parts but on other occasions are just plain weird. Or was this to be a more middle-of-the-road IPA?

Wolf Warning IPA pours a beautiful, clear amber with a thin creamy colour head. Maybe it was the contrast between the warm inviting glow of the beer and the cold, dead look of the weather outside – this beer looked particularly appetising. Or maybe I was just cluckin’…

Quite flat on the nose, slightly floral with mild zesty fruit notes. Nothing special but nothing offensive.

Wolf Warning is rather dry but lifted by faint citrus notes sometimes resembling a mild, sweet marmalade, there’s that zesty citrus note somewhere in there but it mostly gets tempered by creamy malts and notes of toffee.

I could’ve quite happily sat and drunk three or four of these but after that I fear the tang would get me. All-in-all a pleasant enough beer but it doesn’t stand out and certainly doesn’t make the list of beers that I would traverse in to the upside-down to acquire a crate of. Also, you probably wouldn’t have to as it seems to be available at some of the big boy supermarkets. On reflection, it fits the middle-of-the-road bracket rather than a Swedish masterpiece, but it’s still a decent enough tipple

JLarc’s Rating: 64%

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WHITE TIPS

 

The weekend has landed party people! Time to sit back, relax and crack a beer. And we have the wise words of a guest reviewer named simply, OJ, to accompany those aforementioned actions… 

Have a goodun 🙂  

WHITE TIPS

 

BREWER: Siren Craft Brew, Berkshire, England

STYLE: White IPA

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @sirencraftbrew

INSTAGRAM: sirencraftbrew

DATE OF POST: 16th March 2018

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Right, just to get us started, this is a mighty fine beer! Mighty fine. For me it’s offering something a little different too. It’s hard to say exactly what but the first sip drew a Kenneth Williams style, ‘OOOOOH ELLO’ out of me from nowhere! I think the taste is somewhere between lemon and biscuit, which sounds a little odd I know, but honestly it’s superb! What you definitely get taste wise from each sip is a very intense flavour which quickly fades away into something quite lovely but then somehow that intensity returns with the aftertaste. None of this is a bad thing by the way, it is a very enjoyable flavour rollercoaster believe me.

The nose is full of brilliant citrus and WT is smooth enough seeing as she is fairly carbonated. I wouldn’t put it down as a classic session ale but it does have a real moreish feel to it that would keep you coming back for more, no doubt.

Now the packaging has left me all at sea (please excuse that unintentional pun but I’m just going to roller with it).

Do I like the look of White Tips? : Yes

Do I love the look of White Tips? : No

Why don’t you love the look of White Tips Jymi? (didn’t see me interviewing myself when starting this write up!) : Well the concept is great with some of the finer detail like small pieces of citrus fruit within the wave being an understated highlight, but there is just something not right about it.

Is it the rolling waves and white tips not being large enough or even clear enough? Not sure.

Is it the beautiful blue ocean colour not sitting particularly well on a brown bottle? Not sure.

Is the name too small on the label? Not sure.

Is it probably a mix of all these things? Yeah, I’d say so. As I said, I do like the look but think with a few tweaks could be way better.

But the main thing is White Tips tastes splendid and if you happen to see one, go ride that wave baby.

Jymi’s Rating: 82%

 

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

White Tips is a cracking beer.  There’s no two ways about it.  It is cracking.

Packaged in a standard brown bottle, the label stands out and states what this beer is about: citrus and hops. 

On the nose, White Tips is heady.  It’s many things that you’d dream of in a craft brew: fruity and deep.  One could keep on sniffing this all night long and never get bored. 

The taste is magnificent.  It’s what you’d hop(e) for and more.  What it lacks in length, it makes up for in intensity.  And my goodness me is it intense?  Trust me, it’s so intense that the bottle is gone before you realize that you’ve even started. 

I can’t say much more for White Tips: try it (now) / (when available again as this is a seasonal beer) 

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Sammy’s Rating: 87%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 84.5% 

 

OJ SAY’S…

Let’s kick things off with a confession. As a beer drinker, I’m lazy. I keep it fairly simple and don’t give many different types or varieties much of a try, ‘I drink what I like and I like what I bloody well drink’ as Boycott would probably say. I once asked for a lager at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival. So I’m not used to picking up on the fine nuances that these small breweries are so keen to create and differentiate themselves in what is now a burgeoning industry full of myriad competitors.

You’re no doubt thinking, ‘nice choice of guest reviewer S&J’, but I mention it because I almost treated this like any other beer but upon firing it open, I poured it, and then stopped, for a variety of reasons. I hadn’t expected the smell or the colour of it and it stopped me in my tracks. I don’t really pay any attention to my sense of smell when it comes to beers but what a beer to have drawn for my guest week because pouring this one took me hurtling back through time; lost Glaswegian lunchtimes in the Republic Bier Halle (tagline – ‘it’ll all end in biers’, genius), chunky pint glasses of Hoegaarden with orange garnish, memories of stag dos in Germany as cloudy as the beer, right back to the box of ‘Beers from Around the World’ I was given as a regular Christmas present.

Basically, I hadn’t realised it was going to be a weißbier (sharp, me) and upon pouring it I was intrigued and drawn back to the packaging. I suddenly started noticing the citrus fruit slices next to the wheat, the diving mermaid tails, all of this framing the crashing green, white tipped wave. It all suddenly clicked, I was driven to their website, the Sirens of Greek (well, Finchampstead) Mythology drawing me in further and further, lulling me to learn more about this beer and the brewery, hooking me like the barbed tip of the S on the logo… Let me know if I get too carried away.

Anyway, once I’d finished obsessing over the packaging and had actually read the back, I realised it was their expression of a Witbier (which Google informs me is Dutch rather than the weißbier of Germany) and it was time to get stuck in. In short, it’s a cracker. A very smooth taste with just the right levels of citrus undertone ensuring there was no tang or sour taste that can haunt beers like these sometimes. It’s very smooth, I’m not sure it’s one I could get into a proper session on but the appeal of these beers is the chance to drink something very different, incredibly refreshing, but one to move on from after a few.

I’d thoroughly recommend getting yourself down to Siren Craft Brewery if you get a chance and getting your hands on this Seasonal IPA to give it a try for yourself. Really enjoyed their website as well and how passionate they seem about their calling (love the recipes).

Lucked out with this one, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

OJ’s Rating: 84%

 

 

MOB review next weekend: WOLF WARNING IPA by SOFIERO BREWERY

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Welcome to Muse on Booze…

Muse on Booze

Welcome to our blog where we …errr, have a muse on booze.

Sammy and Jymi are just a couple of dudes who love the odd drink and also love to rate stuff, as we all do hey? So why not combine the two.

We review a beer every week and post it each weekend. So keep those eyes peeled now won’t you. As time ticks on we’ll be doing a few other booze related bits and bobs too, so again. EYES. PEELED!

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