Are You Tasting the Pith? - 10th July 05
Moving gracefully throughout the industryas I do, like an enormous bearded swan with a penchant for self-publicity, I am endlessly presented with gifts, free samples, and promises of wealth and pleasure beyond imagining should I consent to dispensing a favourable review on a new brew. Well, obviously that's nonsense, but I am in the enviable position of beer showing up for evaluation fairly regularly. The latest offerings to await me on my desk were Gurkha Beer (5% abv) and Bravara (4.5% abv)
Gurkha Beer apparently has something of a cult following - no sooner had I mentioned it in the office than a customer showed up and bought a goodly amount. This obviously primed me for something favourable to tuck into that evening, and so as guests were poured glasses of Rogue Youngers Special, I sat down with a chilled Gurkha. And? And? And, well, same old really - nice enough, generic brewed under licence lager, clean, crisp and fairly refreshing. Things took a turn for the worse after I sneaked a mouthful of the aforementioned Rogue beer, as returning to the Gurkha was now a major shock - worty, slightly week, and tasting alarmingly of adjuncts (i.e. fermented sugars derived from sources other than malt). Bleaurgh.
Although "bleaurgh" would have been a welcome reaction to the bottle of Bravara that followed it, tasting as it did of absolutely nothing. Obviously, this can't be true, as plenty of other reviews of it class it as being a decent enough, if totally generic, lager. Sadly, try as I might, I can't find any flavour worth commenting on in the beer, and so while I am unable to give it the mauling that I dished out to Sleeman's Silver Creek, I can't find anything particularly encouraging to say about it.
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