I recently reviewed, here at The Brewclub, ’99 Red Baboons’ from Nottinghamshire’s Blue Monkey brewery. Unfortunately it didn’t quite ‘do it’ for me, but I’m always happy to give a brewery a second chance, or a third…
So, with Blue Monkey’s penchant for bad puns I found myself looking at a bottle of ‘Marmoset (there’ll be days like these)’ – orginally a hit for the Shirelles – a 3.6% golden ale that the brewery promises to be “Probably the most flavoursome 3.6% beer you’ll ever taste.” Brave words but, as I said, I’ll give them a chance.
Well it pours pale and golden, always a good start, there’s a reasonable head, but it fades quite quickly. The nose is floral, Citra hops to the fore.
The flavour is light and floral, classic Citra, peaches and pineapple; the brewery claims the brew is ‘crammed full of Citra‘. And while the Citra is to the fore, it’s less ‘crammed full’ than, say, Oakham’s awesome Citra Ale, but as that weighs in at 4.6% ABV this is indeed refreshing and flavourful.
It is unusual to have so many hops in such a low strength brew, that said Citra is an expensive hop, so brewers tend to use them sparingly in lower strength (and priced) brews.
I’d happily sink a few of these, particularly given the relatively low strength, the thought of a evening sinking these, with less risk of a hangover is appealing.
As such, this is a brew that does what it sets out to, and that merits three Brewclub stars.