Summer Swallow by Batemans
One of Bateman's Seasonal offerings, Summer Swallow is an easy going Ale for summer occasions .
Type: Golden Ale
Batemans Brewery are always good value. Along with Shepherd Neame and Wychwood Ales, if you go out looking in your local Lidl or Aldi, you will find their selection of Beers for between £1.00 and £1.50. So, this is where I found Batemans Summer Swallow, their seasonal ale for the months of May to August.
Summer Breeze pours a golden yellow, with a very thin, less than half a finger head. Pouring and swirling Summer Swallow, I can detect along with the spring hoppiness, a faint amount of citrus, possibly even an apple cider like quality, with some banana that brings itself to the fore towards the end of the aroma.
When you taste Summer Swallow for the first time, I noticed how buttery the flavours are. The body is smooth and easy. Again, there is some banana, however, there's more of a sweet sensation going on. Towards the end of the flavours, there's a tingling of bitterness, however it's short and satisfying. I can't wait to try another gulp.
I'm quite impressed with Summer Swallow. It's light and not heavy on the palate, however the flavours are very agreeable and strangely enough, relaxing. I'm almost agreeing with myself that the flavours are somewhat unique. The subtle banana flavours alone aren't unique, but there's something there that I don't detect often in other Ales, and this somewhat makes Summer Swallow something new to try.
Batemans definitely have a winner here. I can easily picture myself buying a few of these in June or July next year, during barbecue season. Good stuff.
See: Golden, Amber
Taste: Lemon, Banana