Royal George Brown Ale - Barley Days Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Single bottle picked up for me from the brewery. Brewed in honour of the War of 1812 warship the HMS Royal George which survived an engagement with American forces near Kingston harbour and escaped capture. Another brew crafted with the 200th anniversary of 1812 in mind.
Poured into a nonic glass. Nice bright caramel chestnut, ruby when held to the light. Clear, no visible carbonation, a sturdy cap of about a half inch that recedes into a thick ring with some lacing.
Nose is sweet and malty, a bit of grain and chocolate, some bittering hops.
A drinkable little brown ale, if you happen to like them very sweet. Caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, some chocolate, bread (brown bread crust is a lingering taste to the finish), and ending with a mild hop bitterness. A bit of fruit character as well.
Good crisp carbonation, medium-light bodied, a bit watery. Easy to drink.
Decent brown ale, a bit sweet and watery, but certainly drinkable.
10-12-2012 21:45:12 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
Visibly filtered and entirely free of sediment, the bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass are the only thing obstructing the brilliant clarity and warm tone of this cherrywood coloured beer. Royal George indeed looks suitable for a king or queen, except that it's named after a warship (an ironic fact considering its head sinks, leaving only a thin sheet as flotsam).
You shouldn't have to sniff very hard to appreciate the flavours of a Brown Ale (whether British or American in style); the malts should be sufficiently toasted and caramelized so as to easily perceive pecans, hazelnut, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. This bouquet isn't overly arousing to the senses but those requisite impressions are there, for the most part.
Ditto for the palate. The issue isn't an absence of roasted and nutty malt flavour - it's a shortage of it. Tastes of honeycomb toffee and pecan-crusted milk chocolate are entertained but not convincing; the body is too thin and lacks the corresponding toasty and sweet textures. It's a word I hate to use but 'watery' is unfortunately the appropriate term.
While I have a weak spot for heavily hopped brown ales, I still appreciate milder examples of the style. The malt is clearly the right colour and has the right flavour, it's just lacking the weight. This recipe needs more confidence as badly as a sweaty, pimply-faced teenage boy eager for a first date. Beef-up a little and watch the girls (customers) start to line up.
Royal George is a nice beer but, when put to the mercy of public judgment, isn't likely to hold water (unlike the warship after which it's named). Barley Days ought to consider doubling the grain bill to ensure a fuller, more rounded and robust brown ale. Until that happens the brewery isn't likely to win the war fought on stock shelves and at beer store cash registers.
04-07-2014 16:41:30 | More by biegaman
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Picked this up from the brewery. I think this is supposed to be a new year round brew to replace the previous Brown Ale, but I could be remembering wrong.
Nice nutty roasted malt aroma. Good nutty mouth feel, a hint of roasted malt and finishes with a jolt of caramel sweetness.
09-21-2012 23:16:59 | More by Molson2000
Royal George Brown Ale from Barley Days Brewery
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