It’s not just for Marmalade, you know: Beer Kitchen (@Wadworth) – Orange Peel Beer


I know some folks load up their wheats, weiss and wits with some orange peel and sometimes a smidge of coriander seed –  but a “brown” beer with Orange peel in it?  That’s just got to be mad, hasn’t it?

Well, no.  Not completely…

Orange Peel beer is nicely carbonated and the colour of slightly-more-wholesome-looking Irn Bru.

The aroma is yeastily fruity and big on the malt, I can’t detect a strong orange aroma, but it’s obviously there and is well-meshed into the overall hops and malt theme.  You can almost smell the sweetness of the malt bill, which as I understand it, is prett-much dominated by Munich malt.

The taste is quite sweet, but not cloyingly so.  It’s quite “Bockish” with a strong malty presence and some nice mineral notes that seem to bolt everything in place.  Again there’s a sizeable fruity note in there, but it’s not over-bearingly orangey.  The sweetness, fruitiness and just a hint of bitter lingers on in the after-taste.

I feel that this is very much a “dessert” sort of beer and would go well with something else.  Cake maybe, oh hold on: Christmas cake or even Christmas pudding.  What a good idea.

I also think that this beer is crying out to be paired up with something gingery, too.  Hmmm…


Wadworth (@Wadworth) – Beer Kitchen IPA

20140828_211530So here’s another beer from the Wadworth “Beer Kitchen” range.  Just the mention of IPA gets me all turgid with excitement, so I always have high expectations…

BKIPA sits in a glass about the right sort of colour – a rusty orange or thereabouts.  The head froths up and then spreads out to a reasonable covering.

The aroma is more about the juicy malt than the hops, but there’s an enticing fruitiness about it which is nice – plus a little toasty, biscuity note, too.

The carbonation is good and the mouth-feel is solid enough, with an excellent bitterness.  While not being uber-hoppy the taste goes on and on, and is one of the best after tastes I’ve had in a beer for a long time. A good slug of alcohol rounds out the taste nicely.

Everything’s good and it’s a nice beer – but I think it would be even better with a more pronounced hop aroma.

Well worth trying should you see it…