Ballards Nyewood Gold - Ballard's Brewery Limited
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Reviews by wl0307:
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +29.3%
Tried this beer in its bottle-conditioned version bought straight from the Ballards Brewery during its annual Ballards Beer Walk last December. The occasion has also been a sort of "celebartion" or "launch day" for its strongregular winter brew every year.
The beer comes in 500ml bottle with exp.date of 31 June 2005.
Appearance: the beer, appearing golden-amber, pours a relatively thin but dense, creamy beerhead in my big tulip-shape wine glass. (P.S. I've found the glass the best type for tasting some rare-gems of British bottle-conditioned bitter or premium bitter...though I can't explain why it is so.) It has higher carbonation than the previous bottle I tried two weeks ago, but still kept to the minimum, not much higher than its cask-conditioned version.
Smell: pineapple(and some unidentifiable tropical fruit)-floral scent stands out, mixed with tart-malty note.
Taste: mellow-fruit, malty palate against the backbone of finesse "oo-long tea"-roundness... very smooth~~ (this, to my best recollection, is the most noticeable difference with the cask-conditioned Nyewood Gold I tasted at the brewery and the nearby country pubs, which has much more explicit nuttiness in palate.)
Aftertaste: finesse and understated hoppyness lingering in my throat; slightly bitter-sweet as well.
Overall: This beer is said to have won the 1997 Beauty of Hops competition in Britain, using purely Phoenix hops. The flavour of the hops balanced with pale malt and malted wheat is, although full of floral and fruity note, not as dominating as the first sniff suggests! I guess that's why I find this beer particularly drinkable, maybe more so after several miles of country walking between well-preserved country pubs in the idyllic countryside near the Nyewood village.
Having said that, the draught-version, which has rather different characteristics, is still fresher and more complex in body and palate. I will definitely make notes of that version later this December when returning to the Ballards Walk!
04-19-2005 14:52:45 | More by wl0307
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
2.65/5 rDev -16.4%
Lemony and acidic at the start, with a hoppy and dry finish, slightly refreshing edge. Once again the malt had a "Special K" flavour, which i've found in most of Ballards beers. Also had a stickyness about it that is also common in Ballards beers.
10-07-2003 02:43:00 | More by rastaman
2.75/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle to Fuller's Honeydew half pint tulip
Drink by: April 2012
They must have brought this old boy out of retirement. Thanks for the beer Chris!
A: Hazy yellow. Barely a quarter (prickly white) fingernail head on medium pour.
S: Combination of biscuit and light caramel malt. Punch of sweet honey. Hints of fuggle humulus lupulus coming off nose. Inviting.
T: Crisp and smooth, but not too much going on here start to finish. Hints of sweet caramel and biscuity malt, but nothing comes to the forefront on this to make it memorable. Just average.
M: Light body and no noticeable carbonation.
O: Very light and smooth. Somewhat enjoyable, but I don't think I'll come back to this one again.
12-24-2011 10:38:42 | More by spdyfire83
Ballards Nyewood Gold from Ballard's Brewery Limited
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