When you have the opportunity to have a cask conditioned ale, you jump on it as soon as you can. It is a different style of beer, where the beer is an unfiltered, un-pasteurized ale where it is served direct from the Cask. The beer does not have nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure added to it, so it almost has a flat feel to it.
While down in Toronto last night, we went to C’est What, which is a great place to stop at if you are down town. http://www.cestwhat.com/
C’est What has several different Cask conditioned ales on tap, and one that I tried was from County Durham Brewery, their Hop Noggin Cask Ale.
As you can see from the above picture it is more of a lighter coloured beer, with little head, and this is due to the cask conditioning. Also as you can see from the photo the beer is half full, and it always should be.
As for the taste, luckily this was the first of many beer from the night. When you take a sip, with the name of Hop Noggin, you would expect a kick of hops, but it was quite subtle. There was the typical citrus flavours you would expect from a beer that has the name Hop in it. The body of the beer was really smooth and went down quite easily. I’m not too sure what the alcohol percentage or the IBU rating would be, but I dont expect the alcohol percentage to be high, as it wasn’t an instantaneous feeling of drunkenness.
All in all, if you are down in Toronto at C’est What, grab a pint of this beer for sure!
Rating: 4.14 out of 5
Would you buy a case of this beer? If I could I would, but only available in Cask form from what I understand
Was the beer Hoppy? Not really hoppy at all.. mind you, it could be hoppy, and maybe my taste buds are starting to get use to the hoppiness…..
Would you recommend this to a friend? For sure, why wouldn’t I!