Curious Brew - Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.34/5 rDev +1.2%
330ml bottle. England has a 'leading winemaker' - swuh? Who knew?
This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly, fizzy, off-white head, which leaves a few instances of low-lying bonsai tree lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of crisp citrus rind, hallow pine resin, bready malt, a suspect musky white grape fruitiness, some softly earthy, leafy hoppiness, and an off-note buttery character that only barely borders on rancid. The taste is sweet grainy pale malt, a prominent pithy yeastiness, some mildly oxidized white wine must, and softly fruity hops.
The bubbles are average, and generally supportive in their bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and a little too cloying from the start to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly sweet, the compromised pale malt giving it to a certain extent to the yeast and fruity lingering hops.
A somewhat strange offering from one the venerable lands of beer, where their production methods seem to be only second to Germany in terms of adherence to tradition. The yeasty wine character does perform a number on the underlying pale lager, and not always for the best. Approach with caution.
01-13-2013 04:52:16 | More by biboergosum
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United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev +18.2%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. ABV is stated as 4.7% and the name has changed to simply 'Curious Brew', but I'm pretty certain it's the same beer. Described on the label as a lager re-fermented with Champagne yeast and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Yields a huge head of white foam with a creamy texture and decent retention, although it disappears after a few minutes. The aroma is interesting; light malt with distinct overtones of earthy yeast, dry white grapes (like white wine) and hops. Not bad....
Tastes of light, clean malt with a mild hop bitterness. Notes of earthy yeast, light fruit (perhaps white grapes, though it's hard to describe) and subtle stewed hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with pleasant carbonation and slight astringency. Aftertaste of dry yeast and faint hops.
A quality effort for a lager - clean and tasty with some unusual fruity characteristics that resemble dry white wine. Superior craftmanship is in evidence compared with the industrial swill that typically passes for lager. Worth sampling.
11-04-2011 22:23:32 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
2.53/5 rDev -23.3%
I am not sure if I am tasting the same beer because I was not impressed by this “lager”. It was watery and thin with insufficient body. The use of champagne yeast seemed to leave it with little to complement the, for my taste, overdone hops with too much competition between the three varieties used resulting in a cacophony rather than a marriage. So not enough character from the yeast too much from the competing hops and where was the lager malt character. I probably gave up looking because it was so hard to find under the hops. I know this brewer can produce some really fine beers so, yes, I was disappointed.
12-06-2012 21:02:14 | More by DoddyDunbar
3.75/5 rDev +13.6%
The colour is deep yellow; the small foam quickly disappears with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear.
The smell is dry; it resembles a lot of white wine with flowery notes of grape fruits, white grapes and some elderflowers. There is also a touch of cascade hops.
The taste is dry with earthy notes of white wine (Riesling grapes). The taste is clean with some body and a hint of maturing. The somewhat fruity aftertaste got a moderate bitterness and a long lasting semi sweet note of lime and grapefruit.
The carbonation is strong with lots of refreshing, big bubbles.
03-25-2006 21:52:07 | More by bark
3.28/5 rDev -0.6%
Tried on-tap at the White Horse Parson's Green in London.
Pours a bright golden colour, brilliantly clear and crystal. Head forms a fine crest of slightly greying white. Lace forms fine and light as the beer goes down. Not bad.
Nose is crisp for the most part, with muted hops, but a light, grainy euro-pils character which isn't unpleasant. Some faint honey and floral characters come through as it warms up. Again, it's fairly decent.
Taste is clean and light from start to finish. Smooth mid-palate leads to something a tad buttery on the back. Crisp carbonation helps punctuate the ending. Hops are again muted but provide just enough balance. Aftertaste has a slight hint of yeast or flour.
Feel is light and sparkling with a fineness to it. Really not bad.
Overall, this is pretty drinkable stuff. Light and fairly crisp. It's not the greatest beer in the world, but it certainly does its job, and it's probably less offensive than some equivalent beers that claim to do the same job.
04-17-2014 15:50:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.53/5 rDev +7%
Clear and light amber colour with a thumb sized, foamy white head on top that stays quite well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass too.
Lively smelling beer with some grapes and floral notes to begin along with a sort of white wine aroma, no doubt thanks to the champagne yeast used in the brewing process. It is quite dry on the nose and pretty light too with a fair helping of flowery hops as well.
Lots of floral flavours coming through and some grapes to start. There is a white wine taste that the smell hinted at and a little citrus thrown in for good measure. I could also detect some lighter malts coming through but not many.
Lively carbonation to begin along with a medium bodied and a rather dry feel to things. The beer was clean on the palate and quite crisp with a touch of bitterness in there. Overall the palate is quite a sweet one but pleasant nonetheless.
This one wasn't a bad beer at all, it was certainly different but pleasant to drink in spite of this. There is a good flowery aroma that settles down a bit in the taste but is still good. I could have done with the beer being slightly more complex perhaps but it was still enjoyable and worth a try if you get a chance.
12-24-2012 22:29:17 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +19.7%
Here goes another contract-brew by the Hepworth brewery, this time for the Chapel Down Winery in East Sussex. On Chapel Down's website it says: "Curious Brew Brut is the result of a co-operation between English Wines' Frazer Thompson (formerly Heineken Global Brand Director), Owen Elias (UKVA Winemaker of the Year 2002 and 2003), and Andy Hepworth. The beer is brewed by Hepworth as a lager, using East Anglian malt and Cascade and Saaz hops. It is then re-fermented using Champagne yeast. Finally it is cold filtered and bottled."
umm... really curious brew it is~~ The beer comes in a 330ml light-brown bottle, tasted at the Head of Steam pub, Euston, London. BBE 07/01/2006.
A: pale-golden hued, with a fast-dissolving white cap and a low-carbonated body. Looking so so...
S: sweet oaky aroma mixed with buttery and biscuity malty note; backed by fruity aroma of freshly-sliced red apple, pear, and some tropical fruitiness, like cascade hops for sure--overall complex yet smelling very clean!!
T&M: slightly spicy hop flavour of Saaz comes out now, on top of an oak-woody taste upfront, underlined by a chewy bready maltiness as a solid platform; short, crisp and malty finish... The mouthfeel and texture is very smooth and subtle, due to refermentation with champagne yeast I suspect, yet it's also refreshing for a lager.
D: overall, light-bodied, very aromatic beer with a vinous touch and understated flavour profile, but very enjoyable indeed!
12-09-2005 19:03:40 | More by wl0307
3.86/5 rDev +17%
Poured an orange honey gold, plenty of carbonation. Head is rocky, retention is alright, and leaves pretty good lacing.
Smell is initially a dry, vineous note. Strongly reminiscent of champagne. dry almost sour brett yeast. Some biscuit malt. Mineral aspects come through, lemon, rock salts. Balanced.
Taste has a solid sour dry yeast aspect. Vineous, white grapes, dry minerality, a solid fruity malt backbone, firmly crisp biscuit malt with some subtle apple and pear sweetness. Bitterness is quite clean, understated, a bit of citrus. Could use some balanced complexity, but bonus points for new approach. Finish is crisp, medium dry, a balanced fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is clean, light body with light acidic carbonation. Finish has more mineral rough bitterness, ends a bit chalky.
Interesting beer. A big departure from most lager beers. Certainly shows how interesting flavour-wise this style has the potential to be. I thought it was perhaps a bit dry and acidic in body to be really easy-drinking, but the flavour character is quite something, an interesting blend of dry, grapey yeast, citrus, and fruity malt. Balance is decent, could improve, rather interesting lager. Probably won't search it out for regular drinking but if you're in the mood for something quite different check it out.
03-12-2013 17:43:02 | More by mick303
Curious Brew from Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.