A classic Yorkshire treat converted into beer form. I had high hopes for this one and wasn't disappointed, will be 'parkin' more in the cupboard for sure.
For the uninitiated, parkin is a cake that's made with ginger and often cooked in a tray. It's best eaten either outside on bonfire night, or at any time of year with copious amounts of custard/cream.
Parkin: Taste Test
The scent gives away a hint of treacle sweetness with the sickly, rich aroma that, although subtle, is definitely there. The pour is a gorgeous deep amber, verging on brown. This is genuinely the same colour as parking, so kudos on that.
The first sip hits you with the treacle, but that quickly changes into a hoppier, deeper flavour that's more like the ale rather than the cake. The ginger runs all the way through it, with the carbonation making it feel very similar in the mouth to ginger ale.
The aftertaste carries a lot of the ginger through to leave a spiced, warming flavour which, combined with the depth from the oats and the slightly hoppy flavour, make it a cracking finish.
Parkin: Can Notes
The can hints that parkin is synonymous in Yorkshire with bonfire night, with the black can and fire-red 'Parkin' name across the front in the scribbled font that Triple Point use on all their brews.
There's a starburst behind the word which I take to be a firework exploding, which makes for a very effective can design.
There's loads of information on the can too including the hops used, the flavour profile and some info about the brewery. It's a simple and effective can that belies the quality of the beer inside.
Buy Parkin American Ale
If you want a genuine taste of Yorkshire then you can export it from the Yorkshire Craft Beers for £5.00. Think of it as a souvenir from God's own county.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.