While at drinkstore a few weeks ago I picked up three beers from The Breconshire brewery in Wales. The first of the three I finally tried tonight. It is called Golden Valley and you absolutely have to say it in a Welsh accent as it must be the point of this beer. The first thing I have to emphasise here is that this is in fact an ale. I had a hard time believing that when I tasted it but it certainly is an ale. It pours a golden clear colour until the yeast at the bottom of the bottle gets in but I love a yeasty beer so in it went. The head was massive and frothy.
It smelled of, well not much really. It reminds me of the smell of a lager like Carlsberg or any of the others with a good malt base. It tasted pretty much like a flat lager. It was quite malty and had a nice bitter finish and was also quite metallic. I had this at room temperature which I think was a mistake because just like a lager, this should probably be served cold and preferably with some curry.
I do have two more beers to try and I am optimistic that they will be better. I am not saying Golden Valley is a bad beer, on the contrary it is a very good beer and quite tasty. It just seems to be trying to taste like a good lager and I don't see the point other than as a stepping stone for lager drinkers to become ale drinkers.