Certainly not taking the piss: Piddle – Dorset slasher

20140706_151012You’ve got to love us English for revelling in rude words, haven’t you?  Piddle brewery, despite not actually brewing with any urine at all, are located close to the river Piddle in Dorset.

I’ve always found the name to be amusing; so much so that when – as a young UNIX admin – I was asked to choose the name of an English river to call my new Solaris workstation, I chose the name “Piddle”.  Oh, how I laughed…

Even though I’m now a seasoned and practically over-the-hill infrastructure architect, I still have a Linux workstation named “Piddle”.  Oh, how I laugh still…even though everyone else stopped many years ago.

This particular beer is called Dorset Slasher…which again prompts more hilarity, even though it’s years since I really heard anyone say that they were just off for a slash.  Maybe we ought to revive the term, just for old time’s sake?

Aaanyway.  Onto this beer review:

The bottle was so full, I mean literally a few ml from the cap – that’s value for money.  And it kept it’s carbonation, too.

Pouring a translucent lagery-yellow colour and bearing little in the way of head I was all ready to be a little disappointed.  But, I’m happy to say my fears were unfounded:

The aroma was zippy, spritzery and lively – almost like those little bottles of French lager that we all drank as kids when someone had done a booze run to Calais, riding over the top of this was a nice hoppy twang that certainly made my mouth water.

In the taste was a good solid body with a nice leading malt sweetness, followed by rounded light maltiness; then, finally, some tasty hoppy note accompanied by a gently bitter finish and a really lovely creamy after taste.

You really could drink gallons of this at the right temperature in summer.  As you can see I chilled mine to stream temperature in my back garden.

A very accessible, accomplished and quite lovely pint.  Well done, the Piddle crew.

(Just seen their marvellous-looking Black IPA – brewed with Galaxy – on their website.  I like Galaxy and I’ve got a thing for Dark IPAs.  I’d love to sample and review that.)