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I appear to be on a roll with pongy ale and in this sense the campaign for cheap lager appreciation isn’t going very well. How can I have my very own campaign for lout when every night I sink a few bottles of fine well crafted ale? Well whatever. If people are kind enough to send it me, I’ll neck it. The following is a few beers I necked sent to me by the delightful Williams Bros alongside these lovely drops, here and here. Crikey, this is binge drinking and binge drinking is great. I usually only have the odd can of lager during the week, but you know, life is short so why not live a little? 3 or 4 gets you nicely oiled without getting drunk and getting hangover. The calories are not that great so I’d better not make a habit of it. The thing is I follow twitter and every day the beer bloggers are necking beer. I guess it’s becoming normalised to drink more regularly.
Williams Bros 7 Giraffes Extraordinary Ale 5% promised an eclectic blend of 7 varieties of malted barley, fresh cone hops, elderflowers & lemon zest. Crikey, but what’s it like? Refreshing, aromatic & quite moreish. A sweet hoppy smell, then a bitter hit with a light floral sweetness and lasting lingering bitterness on the tongue. The hops dominate. It’s a full bitter hit for my palate, with a more subtle malt quality. I liked it though, something different and not half bad.

Fraoch Heather Ale 5% claimed to be Scotland’s native ale for 4,000 years & the oldest style still made. Claims of Picts brewing it and what not, but this is a 16th century recipe of malted barley, sweet gale & heather flowers. The hot ale is infused with heather flower before fermentation. It had a floral peat aroma, full malt body & a spicy herbal flavour with a dry wine finish. Not bad, but I’ll be honest, not 100% my cup of tea. I’m glad I tried it, and pleased somebody was kind enough to send me a sampler, but unlike the previous bottle it wasn’t one I’d have again. The lady squeeze liked it, though. She took a swig and took the glass off me. She gave me a strange look when I poured the beer into a new glass for her and explained “I have to drink all my beer out of the same glass because Zak Avery says so in his book”
Maybe this beer is one for the lasses? I don’t mind this sort of behaviour as when she’s drinking, she can’t be sarcastic about me drinking. The squeeze even asked me whether we had more of this one, which is quite a compliment to it. Maybe she should write a beer blog. She told me she liked the sweet floral smell and odd flavour. The peat gives it a hint of whisky with sweet & sour flavours.

Having had my beer stolen off me I cracked a Williams Red 4.5%. This beer was for me the best one. I’d be a regular on the pong if this pong was typical pong, as the beer had an absence of any pongy smell. It was a lovely balanced ale with a malty sweetness & mild bitterness. A cracking session able pint you could neck a few of. The bitterness hits first but settles into a smooth sweetness.

By the time I’d finished it I had time for one more. The squeeze takes her time with drink. I suspect that determines a lot of drink choices. You don’t have to drink that much wine to booze; beer being weaker requires a capacity for quantity. With that thought The Williams Scottish Joker IPA 5% got opened. A complex blend of malt & hops & fresh citrusy aroma with a bittersweet full flavour. An appealing light colour & fresh smell gave it the appeal of quite a light IPA. My expectation of an IPA is quite hoppy. This had a mild bitter aftertaste. I’m not arguing the toss on beer styles, you can call beer what you want but I’d call it a lovely pint of premium bitter rather than IPA. The bittersweet aftertaste really lingered and delighted.
The squeeze finished her beer, didn’t appreciate my comment of “3-1, I win” replying with “It’s not a competition”. But it is isn’t it?