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Gòtic Ale


The first review of a truly local beer that I managed to try when in Barcelona now with this one coming from the city’s Barcino Brewers. The beer is an American pale ale from the brewery that I managed to sample on-tap when I visited Brewdog’s Barcelona bar recently (I had too) and discovered that it was one of only two local beers that were available on-tap that afternoon; I opted for this over the other from the Montseny brewery as I already had a bottle of their beer chilling back at the apartment and thought it best to try something from as many local brewery’s as possible. This particular beer appears to be Barcino’s flagship American pale ale and is a beer that was first introduced back in 2014 but it’s not one that I’ve ever heard of to be honest, although my knowledge of Barcelona beers extends to Estrella Damn and other beers from the brewery as well a few from Edge Brewing; every day is  a school day I guess.

Gòtic Ale

Appearance (4/5): Copper amber in colour and fairly cloudy, this one is topped with a creamy, thumb-sized head that holds very well and looks quite thick as it sits atop the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Starting with some subdued hops and a little spice, the beer follows up with some mango notes and a little orange before some creamy notes appear towards the middle. It’s a relatively fresh beer on the nose with some pine coming through before some of the darker malts start to make themselves known, most notably some caramel towards the end. It was an okay beer on the nose with a decent enough balance but it wasn’t as hoppy as I’d been expecting really.
Taste (6/10): Fresh and more bitter than with the nose, this one opened up with some nice orange peel and spice then I got a few bursts of citrus. The caramel from the nose also featured a little earlier here and was backed up by some bread malts and a few roasted flavours as well as a faint sweetness that was complimented by some touches of vanilla towards the end of the beer.
Palate (3/5): The beer was quite a bitter one but it was definitely more of an earthy bitterness than I’d been expecting and as such the balance between this and the citrus and pine hops seemed a little off; the beer was also a lot darker than expected too. There wasn’t much in the way of sweetness until the vanilla at the end of the taste and it wasn’t as hoppy as I’d been expecting sadly but it was well carbonated despite being a touch thinner than expected, sitting with a light to light-medium body; it was still quite a fresh offering though.

Overall (11/20): This one was a bit of a disappointment in all honesty since going in I was expecting a fresh and hoppy beer with a lot of tropical flavours backed up by some nice caramel sweetness. There was some hops showing with the beer and I got a touch of caramel in the early going whilst the beer did seem fairly fresh but in truth it wasn’t enough and everything seemed a little weak and subdued really. The beer was thinner than I’d have liked and the touches of vanilla towards the end of the taste helped some but it wasn’t enough to save the beer or make me want to try it again; not one that I’d recommend sadly.

Brewed In: Barcelona, Spain
Brewery: Barcino Brewers
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Draught (450ml)
Purchased: Brewdog, Barcelona, Spain
Price: €5.00 (approx. £3.91)

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