Beer Tasting Notes for Brains

Country: Wales
Number of Tasting Notes: 3

SA Gold


Type: Bitter
ABV: 4.7%

Hoppy. One flavour to sum up Brains' SA Gold. This golden coloured Ale has a zing of citrus and honey notes on the nose. On the tongue however you can taste the bitterness, however, it's the hops that shine through. There's something very appealing about this Beer that other SA Brains' bitters don't have. The Brains Smooth doesn't have it, the Rev. James doesn't either. It has the easy drinking style that I'm quite fond of in a golden Bitter.

I've never been a big fan of Brains Bitter. This is one of the best.

Final Score:
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Strong Ale


Type: Strong Ale
ABV: 6.5%

Brains' Strong Ale has been brewed specifically for the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival. Using an old receipe from the early days of the brewery, this beer is a headbanger at 6.5% ABV.

A half pint of Brains Strong Ale at the Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival

With a deep amber colour with a light head that clings nicely to the glass, the Ale itself looks like a winner. Tasting, the classic Brains profile of maltiness with hope coming through at the finish is there. You can taste this kind of profile in a Brains smooth or a Brains dark and it's here in the Strong Ale. The extra kick here though that's not found in the others however is the tingling of fruit that is detectable on the mid-palate.

Brains, you have done good with this one. I wonder how long will it be before this becomes at least a Seasonal Ale?

Smell: malty,hoppy

Taste: malty,fruit,hoppy

Final Score:
4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5

The Rev. James


Type: Bitter
ABV: 4.5%
The Rev James is quite a silky, smooth yet tasty brew from Brains Brewery. On the palate, it begins with a bitter element, but quickly develops to a biscuit and almost buttery like complexity.
Final Score:
4 out of 5
4 out of 5