I recently reviewed Sharp’s ‘Atlantic‘ Pale ale for The Brewclub, I wasn’t over impressed, a trend I’ve noticed with other Sharp’s brews in the past.
However, I’m always to try other brews, and Sharp’s brews are widely enjoyed, – their ‘Doom Bar’ is now the most popular bottled ale in the UK (even if it’s not brewed in Cornwall) so I now turn my attention to their attempt at an Amber Ale.
The brewery describe it as being “Inspired by and named after one of Cornwall’s most dangerous offshore reefs located seven miles off Land’s End. It is a fusion of the red ale and IPA styles combining Noble and New World hops with the world’s finest special malt to give a distinctive red hue.”
It actually pours a lot darker than I expected (about the colour of Guinness Golden Ale), but this time with an off-white head that lingers and laces down the glass.
There’s not enough nose to justify an IPA moniker, but thankfully the flavour compensates. Okay so again I wouldn’t call it an IPA, but there’s a good mouth-feel, a rich, toffee, biscuity maltiness and some definite hints of noble hops. I couldn’t discern any ‘New World hops’ but all in all it’s a pleasing brew.,