I have reviewed the Wold Top Brewery’s ‘Wold Top’ and ‘Against the Grain’ brews in the past for The Brewclub. I found them to nice enough brews, nothing to set the palate on fire, but an acceptable way to while away an hour.
A good friend recently brought me a couple of bottles of their “Scarborough Fair” IPA, first brewed in 2012.
Scarborough Fair IPA is brewed using a locally grown (that’s local to Driffield, West Yorkshire) ‘pale malt’ mix, some added Maize and a healthy dose of Cascade, Progress and Williamette hops. You would expect a healthy dose of hops in an IPA, but I confess that the Maize caused me to raise a quizzical eyebrow.
It pours the colour of summer grain, a field of summer barley, with a rich white head that leaves a considerable lacing as it goes down the glass.
And go down it does, this is a crisp, well balanced IPA, not a ‘hop bomb’ but well balanced with a rich, bready malt base supported by that aromatic hop blend. The maize isn’t particularly noticeable, nor is the 6% of alcohol lurking in this innocent looking brew. I did get hints of butterscotch diacetyl, but in a Yorkshire Ale I don’t consider that to be a fault.
It’s medium bodied, not as light as some summer ales, but then at 6% you wouldn’t expect it to be.
I was fully prepared to give this 3½ Stars but, on reading the label, I noticed that – through some wizardry – the brew has been certified Gluten Free.
That has to merit an extra star, possibly the nicest Gluten-Free beer I’ve had to date.