>Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co.


If that’s not an evocative name for a brewery, then I don’t know what is. Rolling hills, glowering skies and no-nonsense brewing. That’s what I think of when I think of ‘Yorkshire’ and in a lot of ways that’s what the two beers I’ve just enjoyed from the Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co are.

First up is Great Shunner (4.2% abv). A dark amber-hued beer, the aroma is mostly cola, with a sweet malt and a hint of biscuit. Quite dark for a ‘session bitter’. it turns out to be fairly thin in body but with a nice, late, bitterness. The head stays around for a while, and its an easy pint to drink.

Much more complex, but strangely lighter in alcohol, is the Darrowby Dark (3.7%abv). The first thing you notice is the smoky aroma, which does carry through to the taste. Hopped milder, this beer is firmly pitched at the Dark Mild clan, and does a respectable job. There’s a slight hint of bitter chocolate in the body, aloing with a late cherry/red fruit hit, but the lively carbonation again renders the mouthfeel a little thin – when in this case it could be more strong.
Both beers are decent enough, and I would certainly make a beeline for their cask counterparts – there’s a lot going on in these beers, flavour-wise, but the bottle-conditioning gives them both a lively feel that doesn’t quite do them justice. YDBC have a decent array of bottle-conditioned brews, and I’ll buy more in the future.

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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 09/08/2009, in beer in yorkshire, yorkshire, yorkshire dales brewing co.. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. >Have you tracked down anything by Ilkley Brewing Co yet? They've only been going a few months but if the Mary Jane (3.5%) at the Commercial in Slaithwaite last weekend is owt to go by then I can't wait for the rest! Should be available in your neck of the woods – look out for the pumpclips with their Cow & Calf motif.

  2. >Will – yeah. Foley's stock thier beers quite regulary now. I have tried the Olicana Pale (or gold, i cant remember) – and found it a little underwhelming. Still, I would buy thier stuff again, no probs!!

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