REVIEW: Welton’s Bottled Range

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Back on the 14th March I spent an afternoon getting to know the beers and brewery that is Welton’s of Horsham and I was given a selection of seven bottles to take away and review. The beers varied from their low abv Pridenjoy through to a couple of milds, a couple of fruity brews and their 6.1% stout.

 

Topper Mild, 4%

This is cola-brown in colour with a grassy hop aroma. A light carbonation carries roasted, biscuit malts that slowly develop into fudge and toffee hits and then a dry, bitter, lingering finish with a crisp edge on a light mouth-feel. As you progress through this mild, the toffee flavours become more dominant with every sip.

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Blackcurrant Mild, 5%

This refreshing mild pours with a very frothy, creamy head- full of sweet, fruity aromas atop biscuit malts. The carbonation fills the mouth with fizzing pockets of fruitiness over a body of rich and roasted malts. A dry hop finish lingers as it edges out any sweetness and fruit highs from the the blackcurrant.

 

Pridenjoy, 2.8 %

Lovely aromas of marmalade on toast waft from this low abv amber, with light carbonation initially filling the palate with biscuit. A clean, fresh mouth feel washes in leaving pleasant notes of light toast with a gentle and lasting citrus bitterness. An ideal accompaniment to a bacon sarnie brunch or welsh rarebit.

 

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Horsham Pale, 3.7%

This new addition to the Welton’s regular line-up makes use of American hops Zeus and Apollo. Grapefruit citrus, pine and pepper appear in the aroma of this pleasant pale and again on the palate with a very fresh, uncloying mouth-feel. I’d like the pepper kick to be a little bigger but would probably be enhanced by a food accompaniment. This is an ideal beer for people that like a light, refreshing pale without being smacked around the face with hops or a high abv.

Wabi Sabi, 4.6%

This award-winning wheat beer is brewed exclusively for local restaurant Wabi, and features the addition of a Japanese citrus fruit, Yuzu. A refreshing, effervescent brew with light malt notes underpinning fruit highs of mandarin, lemon and grapefruit with a delicate bitterness from the yuzu. This is a moreish beer with flavours that build and cleanse the palate. I’d love to see this fruit used more often and it’s almost a shame this beer is exclusively tied to the local restaurant. Get to Horsham!

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Broadwood Wassail, 6.1%

A nod to the local Broadwood Morris men this stout packs the biggest punch of all the beers in this selection. A sweet aroma of fruit cake and caramel and again on the palate, sticky caramel sweetness and rich fruit play amid deep roasted malts and a very delicate smoked essence. The stronger alcohol content is evident in the taste with a warming quality in the finish. Regular Innis & Gunn drinkers would have the palate to appreciate the sticky sweet and rich & warming qualities of this beer.

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JB Vintage Cider 2009

This bottle conditioned JB Vintage Cider is  bottled on site at Welton’s. This poured a near-clear golden colour with a woody, earthy note appearing in the aroma. Dry on the palate with a mildly sweet, crisp edge and a woody quality accompanying the apple.  I’ll drink a little scrumpy now and then but my palate is so used to beer that I’m not great at pinpointing the characteristics in cider.

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Weltons beers can be found on cask in pubs in and around the South and bottles are available from The Beer Essentials in Horsham. 

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