Once upon a time there was a very useful brewery in Suffolk called Lidstones. At beer festivals I visited, their beer always stood out as being consistently excellent. Then they upped sticks and moved to Yorkshire remaming itself Wensleydale. Reincarnation. Disaster I thought. Just over a week ago we put the Wensleydale Brewery's beer on our shelves. Their Poacher is the nearest thing to Lidstones Rawalpindi IPA, always one of my great favourites. Here is the brewery's description of the ale:
This Straw coloured beer uses the finest floor malted maris otter and crystal malts and Challenger and Styrian Goldings hops. Add the village's unique supply of spring water from its waterfalls, and you have an excellent clean and crisp ale with citrus notes making this a highly refreshing and drinkable India Pale Ale.I was afraid to try it, for fear that it would be a disappointment, but a few weekends ago I gave in and tried it. Poacher is absolutely wonderful, I've not so enjoyed a beer for quite a long time. It's light amber in colour with a slight head, its pungent 'nose' is hoppy and fruity. The initial taste is one of hops and grass which is then taken over by a slight bitter aftertaste and a biscuity finish. A good example of an IPA !