I came across Askrigg Ale while looking for beers for Beer Swap, the bright orange label was really distinctive on the rather dull looking shelves at Lewis and Coopers in Northallerton.
As it turns out all of the labels and bottles brewed by the Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co follow the same style, which I have to admit I love, they are eye catching, simple and the reverse has enough info to reel you in that last little bit after you have initially picked up the bottle.
The description on Askrigg Ale said it was a golden ale, brewed in Askrigg in the heart of the dales, It also included the words, clean, hoppy, Amarillo and underlying sharpness…I was sold.
I was ready to drink the beer as soon a I got home, then I noticed that it was also bottle conditioned so, like the good beer drinker I am (sometimes) I decided to leave it for a couple of days to recover from its rather bumpy journey up the A19 Via Cod Beck Reservoir and Osmotherley.
So after a couple of days, I cracked it open, a lovely hoppy, slighlty biscuity smell with hints of flowers wafted up out of the bottle as I poured it, the beer was a lovely light golden colour with a rather large and frothy head, which lasted well down the glass.
The first sip was fantastic, light, refreshing, slightly hoppy and a lovely elderflower taste, it reminded me a little of the Badger style of beers, It wasn’t packed full of flavour but it was simply delicious, the ever so slight bitter taste towards the end left you wanting more and more.