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Wylam Nomi Sorachi

Rating: 3.05

Another new beer from Wylam now, this one being my fifth from the brewery and one that follows on from their Club of Slaughters imperial stout that I reviewed here a week ago. This particular offering appears to have been introduced in 2016 and is a single-hop American pale ale from the brewery that again indicates they appear to be moving away from the more traditional ales that I previously associated with the brewery. I believe this one is also the penultimate of the Wylam beers that I have to review, if I remember correctly then I also have another imperial stout from the brewery that I picked up in Glasgow last month still, and try to that I definitely one that I’m looking forward to, even in spite of the fact that their Club of Slaughters offering wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped for.

Appearance (4/5): An almost peach amber colour that was topped with a surprisingly large, three centimetre tall, bubbly white head with a wavy surface. The beer also had a hazy body and head retention was good initially with some nice lacing on the sides and quite a thick look to it.
Aroma (7/10): Surprisingly sweet on the nose with some herbal notes in the early going and plenty of biscuit malts to back them up. The beer was semi-sweet with a little caramel coming through early on alongside some basic spices but it was definitely an unusual aroma with some citrus followed by touches of coconut towards the middle; something that’s more common in a porter or stout but rarely seen with an American pale ale. It was a pleasant nose with some hop bitterness further on and touches of lemongrass before toffee and a vanilla sweetness seen things out along with the odd bread malt.
Taste (6/10): Not quite as sweet as the nose but it was still a close one, there was some nice coconut carried over from the nose and showing much earlier this time around, there was a strong perfume taste to the beer too with some herbal touches and a couple of citrus hops. Further on some basic fruits and spices started to come through with a little coriander and some hop oils before a caramel and toffee combination seen things out.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied and quite strongly carbonated, the beer was fresh and sweet with a nice variety as well. The addition of some coconut added to the sweetness of the beer was was quite unexpected as well but it seemed to come at the expense of the beers balance at times. There was some herbal spices and a hop bitterness that done its best to balance out the beers sweetness but it was a difficult one to drink at times sadly.

Overall (11/20): Quite a hop-filled beer but one that was overly sweet and lacking a balance which made it a difficult one to drink too. The beer started well and the nose in particular was a good one thanks to the surprising addition of some coconut to go with the vanilla and caramel notes but when these carried over to the taste then the beer seemed overdone and began to turn sickening a little further on. There was some interesting flavours and a nice variety to this one from Wylam but it was a little sweet and overpowering for me so it’s not one that I’d pick up again sadly.

Brewed In: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Brewery: Wylam Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Fenwick’s (Newcastle)
Price: £2.49

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  1. June 19, 2018 at 23:48

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