Junction - Sambrook's Brewery
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
3.95/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright russet with craggy eggshell foam that clings.
Autumn leaf, sour cherry and chestnuts on the nose.
Blackberry granola bakewell and spicy, black tea hops.
Black plum finish and fruit stone linger.
Medium, round, some chew, smooth.
More depth than your average bitter, with lots of autumn fruits.. Challenger, EKG, and Bramling Cross together make for layers to the hops, and I definitely get blackberry from the latter. This is the difference with a real craft brewer.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2013 18:14:43 | More by StJamesGate
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3.56/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
500ml bottle. Named kind of perfunctorily after a local (to the brewer) railway switching station, apparently. Given my current situation, I'm more reminded of that bygone lurid website, Consumption Junction. Sigh.
This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly pale tan head, which leaves some nicely scraggly webbed lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.
It smells of musty caramel malt, aged apple and pear fruitiness, and slightly spicy, leafy, herbal hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, a touch of sour biscuity breadiness, a bit of musky jam and toast, and perky, still zingy leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is pretty much on the low-fi side, but not totally inert, as I can still feel the inherent support provided, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a bit of cloying pithiness in play. It finishes on the sweet side, the restrained caramel malt contending more with its own deficiencies than any contention from the lingering fruity, spicy, and herbal hop notes.
Not the most prototypical of English Bitters, but enjoyable enough in its own right - if you are a disciple of the malty side, that is, fruitiness included. Ah well, they all can't be traditionally peppy and, well, bitter, can they?
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 03:30:07 | More by biboergosum
Junction from Sambrook's Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.