White Gem
Durham Brewery Ltd

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Pale Ale - English
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3.03 | pDev: 0%
Durham Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Sampled at Fernandes Brewery Tap, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The usual Durham styled Pump clip is light blue and golden in color in this instance and simply has the beer described as “White Gem”, 3.9% ABV.

Made with hops from New Zealand.

Appearance: Extremely pale, a sun-faded light straw body with a super white head. The body barely hinders the light s it works and refracts its way through the beer, only the pint glass seems to deviate the light from its ideal path. Crystal clear, the conditioning was good, soft and Cask-like in style. Head retention was good but the lacing was minimal. Watered down Stella anyone!??!

Nose: Bitter hops run rampant through the low strength nose. Nothing else in the way of anything except a medium strength sharp hop character.

Taste: This beer is so bitter, it must be divorced. Sharp cutting bitterness is astringent and far from balanced, but it is supposed to be like this. An example of what happens when “Single Varietal Hops go Wild”. A low malt bill deserts the tastes right from the off. This is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel of the conditioning juxta-poses the sharp contribution from the biting hops, and it works extremely well, if you like that sort of thing at least, I do. But it has a thin overall feel, a little watery on the palate.

Drinkability: Nothing much prevents you from sinking a Pint of this one straight down, the thin feel, and sharp bitterness would make this a great Curry beer, but on its own it’s a bit too much in the long term.

Overall: Another “pale session brew”, Durham Brewery certainly seems to have a penchant for knocking this style of brews out in copious quantities and variants; in fact they have a whole “White” range of brews now. The White Gem uses Hops from New Zealand and they certainly add to the bitterness levels in this one, but there is not much in the way of any hoppy or flowery character or even malts to balance that out. One-sided and always worth trying, but I'll stick to New Zealand lamb rather than their hops though.

May 29, 2006
White Gem from Durham Brewery Ltd
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 1 ratings