>Dent Brewery

>It’s been ages since I’d tried a beer from Dent – so when one caught my eye recently I grabbed an armful and settled in for a reappraisal.

I’m glad I did; all three beers I tasted where not only much better then I remembered them, but consistently good too. This consistency is the sign of a good brewer and can be surprisingly hard to find. First up was Kamikaze (5% abv). A golden ale with more than a hint of Summer Lightning about it, Kamikaze is very quaffable despite the abv. On the nose there’s a little grassiness and only a slight green hop aroma. Dry, with a slight biscuity taste in the body, the emphasis here is on refreshment – there’s a lively, lemony tang to the aftertaste.

Going up in complexity is Aviator (4% abv). Vibrant amber in colour, this has got much more about it – marmalade and boiled sweets coming through in the body, with a decent floral nose with that slight citrus aroma that the Kamikaze had. This is a juicy, full-flavoured beer that I could happily drink a lot of; an English Amber Ale. Fans of Fuller’s Special London Ale should check this out.

Last up – and my favourite of the bunch – was the wonderful T’owd Tup (6% abv). Wonderfully smooth for its strength, T’owd Tup is a warming, dark chestnut ale with masses of body – my notes read ‘Christmas Cake, Plums, Jam, Dark Chocolate with Coffee at the end’ which about sums it up. With so much flavour and complexity it’d be easy to mess this up, but T’owd Tup is a resounding success. My initial impressions were of that other famous Sheep-related Strong Dark Ale, Black Sheep’s Riggwelter, but where Riggwelter wears its strength on its sleeve, T’owd Tup manages to be supremely drinkable as well. This is going to be one beer my cellar is going to be stocking as those nights draw in.

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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. If you'd like to submit a piece for Tavern Tales, or contact me about any Freelance writing you think I would be suited to, then don't hesitate to contact me via email here.

Posted on 25/09/2009, in Aviator Ale, beer reviews, Dent Brewery, Kamikaze, T'owd Tup. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. >They sound like they're worth a punt. Any idea what kind of hops they're using in the Aviator and Kamakazi? Are there American C-hops in there giving the citric notes?

  2. >barry – yep, they are. However, I've since thrown the bottles and can't find much on the Internet. Serves me right. I will find out! watch this space!

  3. >I didn't get on with T'owd Tup. Everyone else seems to love it, so it might have been a dodgy bottle. If I ever see it down here I'll give it another go.

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