White Lion
Red Lion Ales

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
ABV:
4.3%
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Avg:
3.2 | pDev: 27.81%
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3
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Red Lion Ales
 
England, United Kingdom
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.11/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Sampled during my recent Easter vacation trip back to the UK. Dispensed fresh from the Handpump at O’Donoghue's (see BeerFly) in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. White Lion was another new brew for me, and not one that I had tried before. Brewed in my home town of Ossett, by one of the original partners in the Ossett Brewery. Now on his own, Bob Hunter is creating his own beer at the Red Lion Brewery, also in Ossett. Bob was renowned for his hoppy golden Pale Ales whilst at the Ossett Brewery, and this is something he has continued at the Red Lion, with his portfolio all exhibiting this trait.

Appearance: Served in the French made straight sided sleeve glasses that are a diabolical travesty and an injustice thrust upon the modern day UK Cask drinker. Thankfully, the contents are much more important. Incredibly pale golden Lager body with some yellow hints. Lively conditioning meant that this was pulled in two stages. First the 80% pull created a nice looking and rather fantastic creamy looking mass which slowly divided into clear golden beer and creamy white head. As it did, a final slow top-up was administered to create the perfect pint in the imperfect imperial pint glass – this would look simply great in a dimpled Pint Mug with a handle!

Nose: Lots of Hop Flowers in the nose, attractive and fresh with some bitterness and a pilsner malt aroma at times.

Taste: The White Lion is a Pale Ale, but a very light one that really does not benefit from such a description. It is more like a Golden Ale, it could even be classed as a Blonde, Light Mild or even a Bitter-Lager I suppose. This has a more floral hop note than the other Red Lion brews. The hop flower character is courtesy of the Cascade Hop. Bitterness is decidedly UK Cask in its strength and finishing level. It is there but it never screams at you. Dry but lightly floral ending lend a perfume dimension to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Yet again, this was served in prime condition from the Cask via the Handpump, in a Bar that knows how to use Hard and Soft Spiles to regulate the conditioning in its cellared Cask Beers perfectly. What looks average in carbination feels like it has a gazillion bubbles per cubic inch which lends a super-creamy rich feel that dances this Golden charmer on the tongue and keeps it light in body but immensely smooth in feel.

Drinkability: At 4.3% this is easily sunk, it slides down with absolutely zero effort required. Warmer days are this beers specialty. Its Lager character makes for a very refreshing drink in the short term. Often the first choice for many straight from work, it fits the bill perfectly for that first Pint of the Night that you just want to use to wash away the days dirt. Longer term the beers Cascade hop character lends a hoppy feel that simply satisfies the “Cask Ale Gallon Drinker”. Simply, the perfect liquid partner!

Overall: Having lived in California for 30 months I am now used to brews typically being in excess of 6% strength. Although I have drunk Cask Ale since I was 18 years old, it is only now since living in California this last 30 months, that I truly appreciate th quality and class of the “lower” ABV brews in the UK. I am constantly amazed just how damn tasty Cask Ale can be at strengths that many on the West Coast would snub.

All of the Red Lion brews are drinkable, but the White Lion is certainly the most quaffable by far. Fresh from the Cask it is liquid nectar and an ambrosial Session Ale that feels like a gift from the Gods. Immensely quaffable – and it won’t punish you for it.

Highly Recommended!!!

Jun 10, 2004
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