Viking | Rudgate Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Rudgate Brewery Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 03-06-2011

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

36th CAMRA Cotswold beer festival (July 2012) in the lovely 15th century Tithe Barn: the setting for my tasting of this beer.

Gravity poured half-pint: golden orangey body with a thin white head.

The smells were a blend of mild toffee and summer fruits, the taste similar with a hoppy bitter dryness towards the end of each sip. An OK beer but no real punch to its flavours, expected more from a beer name ‘Viking’ even if it is only a 3.8% brew. The beer isn't robust enough to be a Viking!

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Photo of JRaburn
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011. Produced locally, and picked up for a song at my local off-licence. York has plenty of viking history, hence the theme that this brewery likes to use.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with good carbonation and lots of bits floating around. Produces a thick creamy head of white foam that lasts for several minutes. The bottle contains evidence of live yeast, although this isn't mentioned on the label. The aroma has a sharp citrus edge to it, accompanied by light malt. Faint floral and grapefruit notes.

Tastes of light malt with a nicely balanced bitterness. Hints of citrus/grapefruit from the hops, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with mild astringency. A slight aftertaste of floral hops.

A decent ale; could have a few of these as the alcohol content doesn't try to knock you out. Nicely judged flavour, although it could benefit from more prominent hopping. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Viking from Rudgate Brewery Limited
3.19 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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