Regular readers of the blog will know I am a big fan of Hambleton Ales, not only are they quite local to me but they make a cracking range of beers.
One of my favourites is Hambleton Stallion, It’s classed as a premium bitter and personally I think it’s one of the best bitters around. I got this one from my dad who bought a case from the brewery but they are slowly finding their way into Tesco and local beer outlets so it’s worth checking with ours, failing that you can order it direct from the brewery.
It looks like Nick and his team have updated the labels lately, as the one in the picture is a bit sexier than the ones on the beer I picked up from the brewery last time I was there, its all nice and shiny with rounded corners, this definitely makes it feel more like a premium beer.
The beer it’s self pours a lovely dark caramel with a lovely off white head which lasts down the glass.
The aromas are of caramel, hops, malt and a little yeast.
It has a lovely weight in your mouth, it’s not too thin or too gloopy, it’s just about right, It has a little bit of carbonation but not too much so it goes down a treat.
I could definitely taste the malt and caramel and it had a lovely hoppy bitterness there too, other than that it’s pretty simple with maybe a very slight taste of citrus somewhere too.
I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes a proper bitter, either on draft or in bottles, even better get your self to the brewery and try it direct.
Visit their website @ www.hambletonales.co.uk