ABV 5.5% IBU ?
Hello again and welcome to this week’s beer profile. Today’s feature is 10W30, an English Brown Ale crafted by Neustadt Springs Brewery. Neustadt, ON is located in Grey County and features a natural spring the brewery uses to brew with.
10W30 is an award winner, taking home a silver medal in the 2004 World Beer Cup in the English Brown Ale category. The brewery styles the beer an English Mild on their website. The “mild” descriptor referring to bitterness level and not ABV.
10W30 is a dark brown colour with low carbonation and a briefly present white top. The aroma is of caramel malt and nut. The flavour is malt forward, smooth, and subtle. No obvious hop flavours detected. The mouthfeel is full-bodied.
I really love English style beers. English ales on cask at a pub are by far my favourite. There is just something about the subtle flavours, aromas, and nuances that I can’t get enough of. All that said, 10W30 just didn’t hit the mark for me. There certainly isn’t anything wrong or off with it. It lacked a certain “je ne sais quoi”. Possibly it was a touch too subtle for me. The website states they use hops from New Zealand and water from their natural spring. Maybe the NZ hops, although renowned, don’t impart the same earthiness I expected.
Don’t take my word for it though – you should try this beer! In fact, you should try all beers you haven’t tried before. It’s the best way to find new beers and styles you may not have known about before. Maybe you’ll find your new favourite beer?
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