Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Harvest Pale

Until I moved to Norwich I'd never shopped in Morrison's. I'm a Tesco fan through and through, but Morrison's is our local supermarket and I've grown to love it. I particularly like their beer selection. I like it because apart from the usual suspects it offers different beers to those that I've been used to; beers that are usually of a midland or northern persuasion. I was overjoyed to discover that they were stocking the bottled version of Castle Rock Harvest Pale whose cask sibling is one of the best non-west country golden ales that money can buy. The bottled version is stronger and with some pronounced bitterness, but it was good to see it all the same as Castle Rock beer doesn't normally find its way this far east, or so I thought.

Imagine my excitement when, the other night, I walked into what will probably be my local of choice, once we moved, and I discovered that they had it on cask as a guest. Seems the regulars had twigged how good it was as well as it seemed that every other pint ordered was a Harvest Pale. It was on top form, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy, slightly malty, with a slight hint of hamster bedding, and all round splendiferousness. I asked the barman if it was a beer that they often got hold of. Not that often he said, but when they do have it they usually sell it all in a session as it tends to be so popular with the locals. If it's a beer you've never tried then you need to at the first opportunity. It is a beer I fell in love with the very first sip of my very first pint.