I recently regaled the tale of bumping into the Okell’s guys (here), and told the the story of how they arranged for the Beer Pixies to ship me some samples of their brews. I’ve reviewed their brews in the past, but this time around their IPA left me unimpressed, that’s not necessarily Okell’s fault, there are simply too many awesome, hoppy IPA’s on the scene these days.
Okells have rebranded, out go the exotic graphic labels and in comes something a bit more ‘corporate’. There’s nothing wrong with ‘corporate’ as such, it’s recognisable on shelves and in coolers, but I did like the old labels.
This time around I’m tasting their ‘1907’ Pale Ale, originally brewed to commemorate the centenary of the Isle of Man’s ‘TT’ motorcycle races.
It pours a dark amber, the head is crisp and white; there’s not too much nose, what nose there is, is biscuity and malty, not too many hops evident.
The flavour is crisp, with old school hops, underpinned by the flavour of rich malty biscuits.
I passed a few bottles of this to a Manx friend (that’s someone who hails from the Isle of Man) and he said it made him homesick for ‘the old country’.
When I last tasted ‘1907’ (early in 2010 (here)) I described it as ‘a summer ale’; somehow in the intervening four years it’s matured into an Autumn ale. It’s warming, ideally suited for an island in the cold, dark, Irish Sea.
That said, it’s a fine autumn beer, different, but still worthy of three and a half Brewclub stars.