Duchy Originals Organic English Ale

As usual, I’m totally backed up on reviews. A lot of things have changed, especially with having a kid and the first day of school. I have 11 reviews left to write up, so here’s the first one.

ABV: 5%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: From what I could find out, this is a beer from a collection of organic and sustainable products in England.

Random: This one is actually brewed by Wychwood and of course, Kate bought it for me. This furthers my theory that Kate only buys me British beer. Maybe she wants me to start talking with an accent?

This one poured with a half a finger of cream colored head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy caramel color with light visible carbonation throughout. The nose was definitely caramel malt dominant with a weird mineral quality coming through as well. The taste wasn’t what I expected at all. The caramel malt was still apparent, but I got some fruit as well like apples and raisins. Yes, raisins in an ESB. The mineral quality was present in the taste as well with some barley thrown in for good measure. The bitterness on this one was generally mild and overshadowed by the malt. I kept getting this weird bite to it as well that I couldn’t put my finger on. It was almost like a booze bite, but given the ABV, I know it wasn’t that. The beer was a medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and malty. This beer was just a little too odd for me. There are many better representations of the style. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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