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Thrappledouser

Rating: 3.75

Now for the last of the ten Scottish beers I picked up in Aldi the other week, this one from the Inveralmond Brewery in Perth and the biggest surprise I got from this beer was the fact that it was only my second from the brewery and my first in quite some time. It’s a brewery whose beers I regularly see on offer in multiple supermarkets but surprisingly I’ve not drank anything from them since being somewhat disappointed by their Santa’s Swallie Christmas beer a couple back around Christmas 2011. This one takes its name from ‘thrapple’ which is the Scots word for throat and I’m hoping it’s a marked improvement on the majority of the previous nine Aldi beers I picked up with only The Honey Thief being on that I can say I enjoyed and would pick up again. Now that I’ve realised how little I’ve drank from Inveralmond I can see me picking up a few more of their beers in the near feature, assuming of course that this one isn’t another disappointment.
Thrappledouser

Appearance (4/5): Pours a very clear looking and slightly red tinged amber colour with a thumb-sized head on top that is creamy looking with the odd bubble across the surface of the beer. Retention isn’t too bad either with little movement over the opening couple of minutes before very slowly reducing in size to leave a thin lacing that just about covers the surface after three or four minutes. The beer also manages to leave a little lacing on the sides of the glass too; very nice stuff all round here.
Aroma (7/10): Not the strongest on the nose and what I could detect was a very typical English bitter style aroma with some medium strength malts coming through along with earthy hops, some touches of grain and hints of sweetness as well. There was some faint toffee coming through with background sugar and fruits before being rounded off by some bitterness; quite nice but it could have perhaps benefited from being slightly stronger.
Taste (7/10): This one starts with a good mix of earthy hops and malts with some bitterness backing them up along with some biscuit flavours and spice. There is a touch of sweetness as well that offsets the bitterness some before the a combination of caramel and toffee malts finishes things off.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and definitely a bitter beer with some sweetness helping balance things out. Carbonation was medium as well and the beer was fairly smooth with some spice parts and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall (15/20): This one was a beer that I quite enjoyed and it certainly came out as one of the best from the ten beers I picked up in Aldi recently, only The Honey Thief from Williams Brothers seemed to rate higher than this one. The beer had a good balance of earthy malts and hops with a pleasantly sweet backing and some decent bitterness throughout; Thrappledouser was a fairly good beer and one that I wouldn’t be against picking up again in the future.

Brewed In: Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
Brewery: The Inveralmond Brewery Ltd.
First Brewed: Brewery since 1997
Type: English Bitter
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Wishaw)
Price: £1.69

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  1. June 8, 2015 at 11:00

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