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07-05-2012, 09:17
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Or should that say Thornbridge 'Why'? If you are slightly baffled let me try and explain. (http://www.blogger.com/goog_1496773119)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vquyg3Fr7xU/T6eD5EM1JQI/AAAAAAAAAVg/2S6bJWVWVt8/s1600/thornbridge-logo-icon.gif (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vquyg3Fr7xU/T6eD5EM1JQI/AAAAAAAAAVg/2S6bJWVWVt8/s1600/thornbridge-logo-icon.gif)Last week when I wrote the post on fruit and vegetables I had intended to follow it the day after with a write up about the latest Thornbridge beer, 'Wye' which the pump clip said had the flavour of cucumber. I had never come across a beer tasting of cucumber so naturally I was keen to see how a beer could accomodate such a subtle flavour. It has taken all week for it to reach the bar in Grove so yesterday was my chance to give it a test. (http://www.blogger.com/goog_1496773119)

It did not hold back in the tasting stakes. At 4.7% it was fairly strong, and a mid brown,or amber colour. The nose certainly had hints of cucumber there, the taste certainly did. It did actually work as a beer, but as I got further into the glass it seemed to loose the balance between the taste of beer and the background cucumber taste. (http://www.blogger.com/goog_1496773119)

What intrigued me was to how the flavour actually got there. Is there a hop, or combination of hops, that gives a cucumber hint to beer ? I certainly don't know of one. Or has someone at the brewery painstaking peeled cucumbers and used the rind to make the flavour ? Possibly. Or is this s step on from dry hopping and whole cucumbers just lobbed into the boil ? Who knows. (http://www.blogger.com/goog_1496773119)

Whoever thought it up, and however they made it happen, the question is 'Wye'? As a novelty one off, I quite liked it, but I would not fancied a session on it. Maybe a step too far in the taste stakes.

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