Contains NO Salt whatsoever: Cliff Quay Brewery – Sea Dog

20140903_200041It’s been a briny old affair writing these last few reviews; all Adnams beers fair reek of maritime goodness, and guess what?  So do Cliff Quay’s…

I dearly loved Cliff Quay’s Bitter (https://yeastismybitch.com/2014/01/15/cliff-quay-brewery-bitter/) so I was naturally well up for testing out Sea Dog Strong Pale Ale.

Sea Dog poured a really nice orangey colour – in fact it’s probably the most orange-coloured beer I’ve ever seen: try to imagine the colour of turning leaves on a vine, if you can.  The head froths up nicely and then seems to slip away quite quickly like a wisp of sea mist.

The aroma is fruitily malty with a very nice fresh, sea-air, sort-of theme.  In the taste I got really gorgeous fruity maltiness, all wrapped up in a pleasantly lightish body, and a very long finish of  autumnal fruity malts and a little dryness kept me interested and supping.

If I was to draw any comparison, it’s a bit like a lighter-bodied Adnams Broadside – but that lighter body fools you into thinking you could sink a harbourful of Sea Dog, even though it’s 5.5% and will sneak up on you with a lead-filled sock if you’re not careful and press-gang you into happy unconsciousness…

If you should see Sea Dog, do order it and drink it.  A beer to enjoy when there’s a keening wind outside, the white horses are up and the shutters are rattling…

http://www.cliffquay.co.uk/beer-info/sea-dog-5-5-abv/

Cliff Quay Brewery: Bitter

20140106_195800Here’s another beer that was brought to me by my father-in-law.  As father-in-laws go, I can’t complain at all: he has a decent line in conversation, an appreciation of scotch, decent coffee and beer.  What more could I ask for?  More beer probably, but that might be taking the piss – packed to the gunwales as I am with beer at the moment.

The Cliff Quay folks are based in Ipswich and seem to have a sea-faring based range of beers on offer.  This is my first experience of them as a brewer and I certainly can’t say I’m unimpressed…

Pouring out a healthy mahogany-brown, Cliff Quay Bitter also possess a nice, almost lacy, lasting head

The nose is slightly sulphurous, with a grainy, malty aroma and some nice yeast notes.

The hops and malt pair up very nicely to deliver a thirst quenching first sip, which is backed up by a nice flinty bitter quality that pervades through the swallow.

This is a very nice example of a classic bitter. A Yorkshire brewer would be proud to have made something this good…

Well worth seeking out, especially if you’re down Ipswich way…

http://www.cliffquay.co.uk/beer-info/classic-bitter-3-4-abv/