New Lion Brewery – Tea 09 – Pale Ale with Earl Grey
From the New Lion Brewery in Totnes comes their Tea 09 – Pale Ale with Earl Grey at 4.2%. A example from their experimental ‘white label’ series. Decapping gives a mildly floral aroma with the slightest hint of parma violet. The pour is clear and golden, generating a massive carbonation, similar to that of a saison. A thin big white head was also generated. The body of the beer is thick with a good mouthfeel for the ABV, giving a nice sweetness and good underlying bitterness. The earl grey flavour is still there, with hints of bergamot citrus and parma violet flavours poking through. A rather delicate beer, not massive on taste, but clearly very well made. Noble hops also feature in the aroma. A high carbonation really accentuates the Bergamot orange presence, suggesting this would work very well as a saison. Enjoyable.