EVERYDAY HERO

BREWER: Amundsen Brewery, Oslo, Norway

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 4.7%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @amundsenbrewery

INSTAGRAM: amundsenbrewery

DATE OF POST: 29th August 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I love the name and the packaging combination with Everyday Hero.  It’s a tempting beer.

And in the glass it has a lovely light colour with sublime cloudiness, which is a good thing.  

The drinking is sharp crisp lemony taste, which, again, is a fab combo.

So, all things are looking good for Everyday Hero.  It’s delivering more combos than a Monday night takeaway offer.

And it even has a USP – it’s light on the fizz.  Being light on the bubbles is something I don’t mind in a beer.  However, with Everyday Hero it’s a bit of a stumbling block for it because more carbonation would carry through the flavour a little more.

It’s when you drink Everyday Hero that you get an idea of exactly what those little bubbles can do for the flavour of a beer.

All in all, EH is a good beer.  Turn up the fizzometer and we have a rocket of an ale on our hands… 

Sammy’s Rating: 79%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

A tropical nose that could be any of 100 new modern IPAs, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

A zany off the wall tin design full of colour, activity, and sitting somewhere between Green Day’s seminal album Dookies artwork and Nick Dwyer of Beavertown fames masterpieces. Not a bad thing either though not too original anymore.

Now there is a reason this classic nose and barmy packaging are so common nowadays… they’re great and they sell!!

However, as ever it is the taste that will define this beer.

Everyday Hero pours a great, bright even golden colour with a touch of haze and I have to say looked very inviting. Upon sip, though not too dissimilar to the 100 IPA’s mentioned earlier,this beer did have it’s own identity. A very hop forward lemon taste led the way with a quite sharp mouthfeel as a sidekick. Once swallowed the texture became quite thin and the taste remained the same through the aftertaste. Now, a spiky lemon and bitter taste with a light finish throughout the aftertaste is not a bad thing, at all. In fact it’s a very good thing but I can’t help but feel this beer is lacking a dimension. It is missing something. Maybe it just needs a little highlight of something somewhere to break it up. Maybe it needs a little more body for a little more time. Maybe it needs a little more fizz to elevate it. I’m not totally sure what it is but Everyday Hero just needs a tweak somewhere to take it from being a little one dimensional.

All said this is a very nice IPA indeed and with a tap here and a kick there could be elevated to ‘crackin’.

Jymi’s Rating: 79%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 79%

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CITY OF LONDON : THE SQUARE MILE

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 47.3%

KEY BOTANICAL: Angelica and Orris Root

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Orange Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic and Lemon Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Tuxedo

Tuxedo ingredients and method:

50ml The Square Mile Gin

25ml Martini Extra Dry

25ml Martini Bianco

4 Dashes Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2 Dashes Absinthe

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Orange Bitters 

Stir all ingredients in a glass mixing jug full of ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry.

 

With the end of August looming the third Muse on Booze Summer of Gin will conclude on Monday. This will be the last MOBSOG for now too, as for the next two years at least we will not be bringing you these midweek spikes of joy. Sad times but it is better evolve rather than revolve. 

Get ready for something special to conclude what has been an absolute blast for the last three summers…

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LONDON PALE ALE

BREWER: Meantime Brewing Company, South East London, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.3%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @MeantimeBrewing

INSTAGRAM: meantimebrewing

DATE OF POST: 22nd August 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

So, some time ago, how long I’m actually not sure, I found myself in a pub in Kew, West London supping on a pint of London Pale Ale by Meantime Brewing Company. At the time of this supping I had no real idea who Meantime were and certainly didn’t have my finger on the pulse of craft brewing. I think the name of the chap I was supping with was Sammy (though can’t really be sure). He had ordered and paid for the pints so after taking a couple of sips I had to ask… What is this? It is bloomin’ lovely!! I was informed it was a Pale Ale by Meantime. Looking back at this moment I really do think it was my first jump from trad towards craft. The reason being… it was.

LPA tasted every bit like a classic British Pale Ale but there was a new world hoppy twist. So good, so intriguing.

I have to move on to today however. Now, London Pale Ale on cask still remains one of the best pints out there if you ask me. But, when it comes to the canned form I not only think it hasn’t transferred particularly well but has also been overtaken by the explosion that is this craft world we now have available to us.

This London Pale Ale is fine. Good in fact. But it is lacking a little punch. I know a classic British Pale shouldn’t necessarily have punch but there should be some heavy hop action at some point in the experience, and although there are glimmers, this beer just left me wanting a wee bit more.

Jymi’s Rating: 70%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Let’s make no bones about it, London Pale Ale from Meantime is a good beer.  It’s filled with hops, is easy to quaff down and (just about) fits the hipster image.

So, there’s much going for it.  And it was a pioneer.  Meantime were early on the brewing boat, turning out great beers of which this London Pale Ale was one.  

It’s just, things have moved on a bit so this offering doesn’t sit on top of the pile anymore.  There’s more selection, more competition and some of them are seriously good.

However, that having been said, if I see London Pale Ale on tap, I find it hard to say no.  And that’s because it’s a better cask beer than canned beer.  Don’t ask me why, it’s just the way it is.

So do I like this beer.  No, I love it.  I just prefer it on tap.  

Sammy’s Rating: 78%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 74% 

MOB review next weekend: EVERYDAY HERO by AMUNDSEN BREWERY

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BROOKLYN

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Fresh Citrus Fruit Peel

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Basil Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Merchant’s Heart Light Tonic and Lime & Mint Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Brooklyn 75

Brooklyn 75 ingredients and method:

50ml Brooklyn Gin

25ml Fresh Lemon Juice

25ml Honey Syrup (a mix of local to you Honey and warm water)

Champagne 

Brandied Cherry

Shake the Gin, Lemon Juice and Honey syrup with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with the Brandied Cherry.

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BLOODY ‘ELL

BREWER: Beavertown, North London, England

STYLE: Blood Orange IPA

ABV: 5.5%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @BeavertownBeer

INSTAGRAM: beavertownbeer

DATE OF POST: 15th August 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I have to be honest, I get pretty excited about every beer that we test. From the well known superstars that pretty much always deliver to the totally unknown brutes that look like they have been dug from a hole but sometimes, definitely not always, turn out to be cracking brews.

But I was especially excited about Bloody ‘Ell, for many reasons…

It had been a while since I had consumed a brew from the North London genius that is Beavertown and even longer since we had tested an offering from those merry men (715 days 4 hours 18 minutes and 37 seconds – ish). What also excited me was the thought of a Blood Orange IPA, especially from the capable hands of these guys. But what really got me running around my bedroom screaming Mummy Mummy is it test day yet??? was the incredible wee glass that I had managed to pick up just a matter of days prior to reviewing this thing. Just look at it!! AWESOME DOES NOT DO IT JUSTICE.

So I popped the tin, poured the beer, took a good whiff then took a picture for our review.

I then took my first sip and although nice I was not instantly impressed. Upon reaching for my WICKED glass a second time I was thinking shocking thoughts that this IPA was going to disappoint… and although the second sip didn’t do too much to calm me by the time sip three rocked around the flavour rockets began to tee off. Tart Blood Orange bursts began to become noticeable during the sip and also in the aftertaste. Not massive explosions but not subtle hints either, just somewhere in between that… worked.

This IPA is subtle at first but once properly underway you wish you had a 440mler instead of the 330.

All in all this is a clever ass brew and with a name as good as BLOODY ‘ELL and tin art that is second to none, what is not to like eh?

Jymi’s Rating: 85%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Beavertown make some cracking beers. It’s a fact. They’ve ridden the craft wave exceptionally well. And make no bones about it, Bloody ‘Ell does not disappoint.

Due to their undeniable success, part of me wanted to not like this. I wanted to be able to say that I didn’t agree with the masses; that I am somehow different to others. I wanted to be able to say that my tastebuds are a cut above others.

But, I can’t. I can’t do that. I can’t do it because Bloody ‘Ell is fantastic. It’s balanced well. It’s easy to drink. It’s crisp, refreshing and light in the mouth. It’s everything that a craft beer should be.

I take off my metaphorical hat to Beavertown. They are setting the bar high and delivering quality time and again. And, secretly, I can’t help but look forward to my next venture into their range, even if outwardly I might pretend otherwise.

Sammy’s Rating: 96%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 90.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: LONDON PALE ALE by MEANTIME BREWING COMPANY

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TARQUIN’S

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 42%

KEY BOTANICAL: Devonshire Violets 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Grapefruit & Thyme Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Thyme & Juniper Berries Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: The Cornish Garden Smash

The Cornish Garden Smash ingredients and method:

50ml Tarquin’s Gin

20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

20ml Elderflower Syrup

10ml Lillet Blanc Vermouth

Dash of Cornish Pastis

1/4 of a Cucumber

Small handful of Basil Leaves

Small handful of Dill

4 Sugar Snap Peas

Edible Flowers

In a cocktail shaker muddle the gin, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, vermouth, cubed cucumber, basil, most of the dill and three sugar snap peas together for 30 seconds. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for another 30 seconds. Rinse a chilled coupe glass with pastis and then discard the liquid. Double strain the shaken cocktail into the pastis rinsed glass. Garnish with the rest of the dill, a sugar snap pea and the edible flowers.

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NO. 3

BREWER: Tetley’s, West Yorkshire, England 

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2 %

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @TetleysBeer 

INSTAGRAM: tetleysbeer

DATE OF POST: 8th July 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

If you’re searching for a review of teabags, look elsewhere.  This Tetley deals with beer, not the round teabags!

I love the retro packaging on No 3.  It’s old school but not old style.  It’s purposefully suitable for the market of this beer.  And it’s great to see that the creatives at Tetley really have given some thought to this.  

On the nose No 3 is lemony and hoppy, which is a good start for this beer.  Then, in the mouth you get quite a thin tasting beer that feels ok but doesn’t pack too much in the taste department.

If you’re looking for a cracking pale ale full of hoppiness, then No 3 will be a disappointment.  But then, that’s not what this is intended for.  This is brewed for the old market.  It might have new clothes, but its personality and spirit have not changed.  

No 3 is meant to line the fridges of those set on an old brew, which offers little excitement.  

Some folk like it this way.  Me, I like something a little more exciting.

Sammy’s Rating: 52%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

It has to be said, the look of this bottle… is sensational, utterly sensational!! It is so simple and retro beyond belief! It doesn’t necessarily lure the drinker in but it does look out of this world in my opinion.

However the beer is only so so I’m afraid.

The whole tasting experience begins with a classic and very nice hoppy nose with a touch of lemon cutting around in the background. The taste in the sip is then pleasant enough and flows on well from the nose but the body totally lets all of this down. It really needs to be fuller to help these flavours along. The very thin body just seems to dilute the positives that Number 3 has got going on. A good bitter finish in the aftertaste leaves the drinker thinking what could have been.

A perfectly acceptable brew but lacking where it really counts.

Jymi’s Rating: 54%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 53%

 

MOB review next weekend: BLOODY ‘ELL by BEAVERTOWN

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JINZU

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 41.3%

KEY BOTANICAL: Yuzu and Cherry Blossom

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Green Apple Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic and Lime & Coriander Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Smoke on the Water 

Smoke on the Water ingredients and method:

50ml Jinzu Gin

10ml Grapefruit Sherbet

2 Dashes Orange Bitters 

Apple wood smoked chips

Combine all ingredients other than the smoke into an ice filled rocks glass. Stir for two minutes. Light the wood chips in a smoking gun and infuse with cocktail. Garnish with Cherry Blossom when in season, or a twist of Pink Grapefruit when not.

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THEAKSTON PALE ALE

BREWER: Theakston, North Yorkshire, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle 

TWITTER: @Theakston1827

INSTAGRAM: theakstonbrewery

DATE OF POST: 31.07.2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Well, from my day’s on holiday in the Channel Islands I seem to remember after a busy day at the beach me and me Pop heading to grab a take away but somehow being sidetracked by a boozer en route… and on the way back too, to be fair. Options were limited over there and as a bitter drinker in the early 90s he pretty much was faced with the choice of Theakston Best or Bass. I however was impressing the chicks and swigging Fosters Ice!!! Wow.

Now when he opted for Theakston I always asked for a sly sip because that beautiful black label that their Best did don just seemed so inviting and to me, as a wee boy summed up what Northern British Bitter should taste like. Because I was well versed in British brewing at a very young age :/

Once faced with this Theakston Pale to review I have to be honest I began to panic a little. Firstly it wasn’t the Best Bitter I remembered from day’s gone by (that isn’t the beer’s fault) and the label and packaging generally was nowhere near the genius that I remembered from my youth. Why oh why was that incredible Black and yellow label nowhere to be seen?

Upon entering the bottle the nose instantly disappointed. Dull, faint and uninspiring. I then revisited the bottle label to remind myself what I should have been expecting from this brew. Hefty zing is mentioned but not found in nose or mouth. There is no zing whatsoever. There is a malty backbone to this Pale but it really is nothing to get excited about. The faint bitter aftertaste to be fair was pretty good but other than that I can’t help but feel disappointed by this offering from this North Yorkshire household name.

Jymi’s Rating: 46%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

It strikes me that some things in life are middle of the road. And, if we all really thinking about it, it’s the way it’s got to be. Not everything could be exceptional because if it were, then exceptional would cease to exist and middle of the road would just be a higher standard. And of course, then you’d have nothing that was below par either. A bit of a ramble I know, but, you see, Theakston’s Pale Ale is just that. It’s middle of the road. It has no USP. It doesn’t do much – in any department. But it doesn’t offend either. It’s just a non-event.

Now, I think that this is a deliberate ploy by Theakston’s. I think they wanted this pale ale to be middle of the road. Because, middle of the road sells. It doesn’t divide the crowd. It’s easy to drink and people settle for it for that reason.

But me, I like beer to have more of a personality. I like it to be a little different. It doesn’t have to be out there. It just needs to have something about it. Watery might wash me but it doesn’t wash with me. And that’s what this is. It’s bland. Old school, but in a bad way. Not in a hip, trendy revival way.

I bet you can all imagine what this pale ale might be right? And I’d say that most of you would be spot on. So, if you want that vibe go for it. But not me, I want something more.

Sammy’s Rating: 63%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 54.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: NO.3 by TETLEY’S

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DEATH’S DOOR

STYLE: New World

ABV: 47%

KEY BOTANICAL: Hard Red Winter Wheat

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Premium Orange Blossom & Lavender Tonic and Blood Orange Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Yuzu Tonic and Purple Sage & Raspberries Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Angel of Death

Angel of Death ingredients and method:

50ml Death’s Door Gin

25ml Sweet Vermouth

25ml Campari

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

In a mixing glass, combine all of the ingredients, fill with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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