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Sanity Claus

Rating: 3.2

This one will probably be the last of the Christmas specials for another year I think, this is one that I picked up over in Ireland last week from Tesco and drank later in the week. Another from the Whitewater Brewery which seems to be about the only craft brewery in the north of Ireland and one those beers are available in most supermarkets. I had two of their beers earlier in the year and they were decent enough to warrant a return visit to so I picked up a bottle of this one despite the slightly high price tag for a fairly common beer in the country. I was also surprised to see that this one has been available in 2004 but only seems to have become popular (going my online reviews anyway) this Christmas.

Sanity Claus

Appearance (4/5): Copper with a foamy white head on top a couple of millimetres thick. This settles as a creamy looking lacing after a few moments.
Aroma (6/10): Malty with some caramel and spice in there too. There is some biscuit and a few bitter notes but nothing too special of exciting.
Taste (6/10): There is some bread, a few malts and a bit of spice along with some plain, slightly sweet malts. There is a lot of bitterness though and a rather plain flavour overall but I could detect a sort of slight herbal taste in the background.
Palate (3/5): Quite a dry beer with some spice and a medium body, There is slightly high carbonation and not a lot else.

Overall (12/20): An average, bitter beer overall with not a lot happening to keep me interested. It was plain but drinkable, if slightly too reliant on the malty smell and taste.

Brewed In: Saintfield, County Down, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Whitewater Brewing Co.
First Brewed: Brewery since 1996
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Northern Ireland)
Price: £2.79

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