Marston’s Old Empire
|November 4, 2011||Posted by Alec Fowler under Ale|
The Blinkhorns (that is Charlotte’s family) are coming round on Sunday for a long over due Sunday lunch. As Mr Blinkhorn shares my passion for real ale, I nipped into Aldi last night to pick up a Head Brewer’s Choice box from the guys at Marston’s. Excellent value, 12 bottles for £14.99 with three ales and a stout to choose from. We are yet to purchase any of the food for Sunday, however it is all about priorities and last night, if I must say so myself, I got them spot on.
The plan was to wait until the weekend for my first foray into the selection, however after a long week and a tough game of five-a-side I decided to crack on. I always enjoy an IPA therefore the Old Empire 5.7% was my first selection. Once opened the hoppy aroma poured out, a delight on the nose. Described as pale on the bottle I found it was fiery orange in colour. The Old Empire had a very hoppy (to be expected) first taste, you can certainly see why it survived the 3 month trip to Bombay all those years ago. I noticed a slight malty after taste.
A quality ale, not quite good enough to hit the top ales page, however I am certainly looking forward to the next couple of bottles and seeing what the remainder of the Head Brewer’s Choice box has to say.