Druids Choice by Newmans
A low profile seasonal bitter from the Newmans Brewery, Druids Choice is a sour flavoured bitter that makes you really wonder what on Earth are you drinking...
This dark, ruby red, almost like a hue of purple Real Ale, was quite a sight to behold. Bloody Hell... it looks like something that would be concocted from Druid's all right...
The aromas, although faint, reminded me somewhat of toffee with some floral hints. However, what little I got from aroma, Druid's Choice certainly made up for in it's flavour.
On the palate, the first thing you notice is the tartness of the alcohol. Underneath this tartness, there's a pink grapefruit element, that leads into this bitter hoppiness. The first sip I had from this Ale really knocked me for six. The colour of the beer was the first sign that Druids Choice is at least going to be
I'm somewhat surprised that Newman's decided to supply this to the local pubs, as this is definitely an acquired taste. I'm not sure if this is a seasonal beer or not, this is not what I'd consider winter warmer but more for the autumn season. The flavour profile is just too tart, too powerful and too 'out there' to appeal to normal drinkers. I only decided to buy a half pint of Druid's Choice, and thank my lucky stars I did. I don't think I could have drank another half and enjoy it. Just because I didn't really enjoy the first half at all.
Does Druid's Choice have the repeatability of a Real Ale? Would I go and buy a second pint? The answer is an absolute no. I can't see many people giving Druid's Choice the thumbs up. I'm critical of Newman's as they seem not have a wide range of Ale's but many of them are somewhat similar. Druid's Choice is certainly different, however it's certainly worse than a lot of it's 'samey' brothers.