A lot of beers proclaim to be cherry flavoured, but this is one of the rare few that actually has a big cherry flavour that's not a delicate undertone or subtle aftertaste.
Not ones for subtlely, Lymestone Brewery have said this one tastes of cherry and they really mean it, which makes for a cracking ale that's light and quaffable.
Made with biscuit pale malts and Amoretti cherries by the truckload, this is a fruit ale that is perfect for a summer session or as a treat in an evening. And as it's fruit, you can probably consider it one of your five a day (probably not).
When I popped the cap off the bottle I feared the worst. Another 'cherry' flavoured beer that will have a delicate hint of cherries, and make no mistake there was a lot of cherry aroma but also a lot of maltiness too.
As it poured I became more hopeful, those sickly sweet cherry flavours taking over most of the aromas from the pour. It's light gold in colour but despite this has a full bodied texture and white, fluffy head.
The flavour is the real star here, with cherries hitting your tastebuds as soon as it touches your tongue. It's almost artificial but it's undoubtedly cherries, and it pairs wonderfully with a touch of bitterness from the hops and a light, bready note from the malt. It's almost like a deconstructed pie in beer form. The aftertaste dries out a little, but keeps that big cherry flavour which remains the star.
Our first bottle from Lymestone Brewery and it's clear that they have a label style and they're sticking to it. The bright, vibrant green is very eye-catching and is a feature on most of their beer range labels. The red cap was a nice touch as a nod to the cherries.
Like the green, the brewery building silhouette is a nice constant feature that makes the labels recognisable, with a little design flair from the cherries adding some colour and an idea of what the beer is - along with the name, of course.
On the side of the label is a brief bio of the brewery and a little history, while on the other side is a bio of the beer to give drinkers an idea of what to expect.
You can but this from Lymestone, but unfortunately you'll have to buy it as a pack of 12, which comes in at £27.50 and works out at around £2.29 a bottle which, when you compare it to the price of cherries, is an absolute steal.