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Elland Chinhook

Rating: 3.6

The final beer that I managed to try on my recent trip to Manchester now, this one is a relatively new beer that was only introduced earlier this year by the Elland Brewery from the West Yorkshire town of the same name. The beer is one that I sampled on cask at the Micro Bar in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre on my last afternoon in the city since it was one of only a couple of beers that the brewery had on-tap and I’d already tried the majority of their bottled offerings. The beer is a golden ale from Elland that featured at this years Pendle Beer Festival and as it turned out was a surprisingly good cask offering; here’s what I thought of the beer.

Elland Chinhook

Appearance (4/5): Golden coloured and quite clear with a cream looking white head on top that’s quite thick and holds pretty well with some nice lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as well.
Aroma (6/10): Light and quite soft on the nose without being overly weak, this one started with some basic citrus and grapefruit notes before a moderate bitterness starts to come through. There was some faint tropical notes and touches of bread with a few pale malts too but overall it was quite a fresh beer without being overly strong or pronounced.
Taste (7/10): Quite bitter to start with, this one was a fresh beer with a lot of citrus tang and some good grapefruit in the early going. I managed to detect some bread and a few pale malts before the tropical fruits showed themselves around the middle of the beer with a few touches of lemon not far behind. Some earthy flavours make an appearance too and there was certainly more going on than I’d expected when ordering this one.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and very smooth with a few creamy touches into the bargain and a lot of bitterness coming through from the start. The beer was sharp on the palate and surprisingly well carbonated for a cask offering too with a fresh feel and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall (14/20): This one was a really nice beer, particularly when considering it was a cask offering and I’m usually not a huge fan of them. There was a pleasant and strong bitterness throughout with plenty of citrus showing alongside some grapefruit and tropical fruits that was very good and went down easily. This one was a solid effort from the Elland Brewery and one that I’d happily go back to but I’d also be interested to try a keg version of this beer, if one exists, to see how the two compare.

Brewed In: Elland, West Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Elland Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 3.9%
Serving: Cask (Pint)
Purchased: Micro Bar, Manchester, England
Price: £3.00

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