Harvest Pale by Castle Rock
Castle Rock is one of the most popular Golden Ale's, winning Champion Beer of Britain in 2010. A lot to live up to then.
Brewery: Castle Rock
Golden Amber in colour, Castle Rock's Harvest Pale is a Blonde Beer that has been getting a lot of press recently with good ratings amongst Real Ale aficionados. With it's light, sparse head, there's a little amount of carbonation. It's a quiet, low key looking Real Ale, but a beer that's won CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain 2010 must be doing something right. Obviously it's the taste. So lets taste it.
First tasting, on the palate you notice that it's pretty damn strong. There's a lot of citrus, hoppy notes with a long bitter finish that hangs on and on and on until you're ready to pick up your glass for another glug. Maybe it's too strong. The bottled version of Harvest Pale has a higher alcohol content versus the cask version. Perhaps Castle Rock are trying to stuff in as much flavour as possible and what has happened here is that it's become unbalanced.
I'm not convinced if the bottled version of Harvest Pale was offered in the tastings for the CAMRA Beer of Britain tasting's it would have won the prestigious award. It's just too supercharged. The citrus is full on, and the hops is Hulk Hogan (in his prime).
A little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a decent Beer, bordering on good, but it's not quite there.