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Kiss Me Kate

Rating: 3.25

A rare beer here and one from Castle Rock brewery in Nottingham, specially brewed in 2011 to celebrate the Royal Wedding in April of Prince William & Kate Middleton. The beer is only available on draft at the brewery & a select few local pubs in the Nottingham area in the run up to the wedding on April 29th. It is also available in 100 limited edition bottle, hand signed by the master brewer at Castle Rock as well as 70,000 bottles being sold in Morrisons supermarkets throughout the UK. Being a limited edition beer was the only reason I bought this one as I’m not the biggest fan of bitters or the royal family but I’ll give any new beer a chance & if it’s any good might even buy a couple more whilst I still can.

Appearance (3/5): A nice bright orangey amber colour that shows little evidence of carbonation. Not much of a head though, merely a fine lacing around the brim to the pint.
Aroma (7/10): Smells of a mix of cherries, dark summer fruits and a hint of oranges. Pleasant and well balance with no one smell overpowering another, definitely a nice smelling beer.
Taste (7/10): A very fruity tasting beer with the main flavour consisting of the dark fruits mentioned in the smell. It is quite fruity all round with a hoppy, bitter & semi-dry finish. A good beer although not outstanding.
Palate (3/5): A smooth beverage which makes it very easy to drink. It is medium bodied and generally quite nice. The only negative aspect is that it is slighty flatter than I would have prefered.

Overall (13/20): A good, solid bitter that is quite pleasant all round & better than many bitters I have reviewed in the past. The addition of the dark summer fruits is a welcome one & this beer is not what I was expecting. I’ll probably buy another one or two before they are gone forever.

Brewed In: Nottingham, England
Brewery: Castle Rock
First Brewed: 2011
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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