This time it’s something different, and it promises to be more to my taste, “a punchy orange marmalade ale, brewed with American and English hops, leading to a sweet, crisp and fruit knockout finish” named for the entirely fictitious boxing champion Boris Citrianov, who lives on the Russian Ukraine border and wears bright orange boxing gloves.
Ian King, at Sadler’s Brewery, said: “Our Boris Citrov marmalade ale is one of our most popular brews thanks to its zesty and refreshing flavour. We’re absolutely thrilled to be quenching the thirst of Aldi shoppers…the ale has gone down a storm.”
Dan Hobson, UK buying director for beers and spirits at Aldi, said: “I’m a huge fan of Sadler’s Ales and I firmly believe they produce some of the best craft beer in the country; the roaring success of Boris Citrov comes as no surprise.”
Some background information about Sadlers Brewery; the brewery was founded in 1900 by Nathaniel Sadler, in the Windsor Castle Brewery in Oldbury, where brewing continued until 1927. Oldbury is a suburb of Birmingham, an area often referred to (because of its industrial past) as ‘the black country’.
Sadlers name was resurrected in 2004 by John Sadler, Nathaniel’s grandson and brewing responsibilities have now passed to Charles Sadler, Nathaniel’s great-grandson. They’re now based in the town of Lye, a few miles further west of Oldbury. They have a range of eight regular brews, and offer brewing experiences to those masochistic enough to want to try.
So, onto Boris Citrov, brewed, according to the very informative label, with ‘Maris Otter Pale Ale, Caramalt and Wheat’ malts, the hops are ‘Amarillo, Chinook and First Gold’.
It pours a pale gold, with a reluctant white head that fades rapidly. There’s no nose to speak of, maybe some toffee, but to be honest I was expecting something more, well, citrusy.
The flavour, I’m afraid, also disappoints. There’s a rich malty base, with some old school hops. The exotic modern hops show themselves by hinting at marmalade. Only hints mind, I can’t help thinking that those hops have been sacrificed in vain. There’s none of the promised ‘sweet, crisp and fruity finish‘.
I wanted to like this beer, but I’m afraid it doesn’t quite do it for me. As such I’ll give it two and a half brewclub stars, there are better, hoppier beers ‘out there’.
Kindly supplied by the Beer Pixies.