Yakima Red pours a deep amber colour, tending to ruby, from the distinctive ‘Meantime’ bottle – that looks like the top half of a champagne (or Biere de Garde) bottle. There’s a foaming white head that is slow to fade and laces down the glass as it fades.
The nose is rich with British and German malts, and a peachy citrus kick from five different hops, sourced from Washington’s Yakima valley.
Those malts come through in the flavour, too, caramel biscuits, providing a solid bed to support the rich citrussy hops, peaches and oranges.
It’s not overly bitter, but a solid, refreshing brew, and at 4.1% ABV, a brew that I enjoyed while watching a game of football (soccer) on TV.
I confess that this is a novelty for me, most Yakima ales I’ve sampled before have been bright, golden ales, but the roasted malts that imbue this ale with its red colour really enhance this brew.
Meantime produce really well balanced brews, and this is no exception, it’s fully deserving of four Brewclub stars.