Micklegate | York Brewery Company Limited

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York Brewery Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BDTyre on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe it's taken me so long to review this - another offering from my local brewery.

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Bought from the Yorkshire Terrier pub in York (a York brewery house). A limited edition strong red ale to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the brewery's founding.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy coppery-reddish hue with visible sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of plums, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, faint spice and yeast esters. Rich and complex, though a bit muddled.

Tastes of fruity malt with a dry finish. Notes of raisins, prunes, dried fruit, cloves, spice, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a warming hint of booze in the background. A faint whiff of cardboard/sherry-like oxidation in the background. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and dry, with tingly carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt and bitter stewed hops.

Pretty good, with an interesting fruity complexity that is slightly marred by hints of oxidation. The bitterness has a somewhat harsh quality to it. Different from the other York brews that I've tried, but it's good to see them pulling something else out of the hat (as well as turning to bottle conditioning - I wish they did this with all their beers). I'd recommend it, though the fact that it's a limited edition means you're unlikely to come across it.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently only a limited amount was brewed - designed to be bottled, but apparently a few casks survived for a short time.

Tawny, copper red with a thin, foamy white head that eases off to a light, lacy covering. Crisp malts, nice fruity hops, citrusy background. Bready malt taste, lemony hop, very light alcohol in the background. Good, mild carbonation. Good beer overall, but the ABV prevents this from becoming a session beer.

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Micklegate from York Brewery Company Limited
3.77 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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