Total Score: 6.4/10
Indeed tis been a long time since I drank a Sail & Anchor, or talked in some silly nautical voice, but this ‘Bloke’ was going cheap for 6 gold doubloons, and seeing as I had 6 shining doubloons in my sailor suit (and a squawking parakeet upon my shoulder) I had no choice but to “Arggh!”in my gruffest pirate accent and purchase a bottle to be reviewed whenever I could be bothered to. Welcome to whenever I could be bothered to!
Interesting note: This beer was brewed in cooperation with those reputable folks at Karl Strauss who, as legend (err, bottle label) has it, became inspired to start brewing during their stay at the Sail & Anchor Hotel.
Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Ay tis a Red Ale if ever I’s sees one, with a deep rust body and a fathom of beige foam like from one of them things them yuppies drink, a caspa-chino. 7/10.
S: Caramel malts with brown sugar and light floral hops hinting away in the background. Tis a stormy drink we be in for, better batten down the hatches, bagpipe the mizzen and brace for a bold south-easterly. 7/10.
T: As noted above with more biscuit than brown sugar. The hops are more herbal than expected, and quite prominent in the after taste. There also a bit of dryness to the finish too. Overall the flavour isn’t really lacking anything, could be a touch sweeter, but that after taste is a bit of an annoyance, avast ye matey’s! 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation, could use less fizz in this pirates opinion. 5/10.
D: Apart from that distracting bitter after taste (that really doesn’t quit unfortunately) there is a reasonable Red Ale here. The Sail & Anchor boys (and girls) are rather hit and miss at times but this is neither a hit or a miss, I imagine Karl Strauss are responsible for preventing another S&A miss as they are decent brewers. Overall I wouldn’t pay full price but if you see it cheap it is worth a try… oh, and just to finish on a nautical theme: Arggh! Send ‘em to Davy Jones locker, dead men tell no tales! 5/10.
Food match: Something stewy, with a stewlike beefiness, and stewafied vegetables… perhaps “stew” is the word I’m looking for?