Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Sambrooks Junction Ale

I never thought it could happen with me and the ale from Clapham....well Battersea in reality but Clapham isn't a million miles away from Sambrooks Brewery.

Junction Ale is Sambrooks anniversary ale and is one of only three ales brewed by Sambrooks - Wandle and Powerhouse Porter being the other two. Being close to the UK’s busiest railway station Duncan Sambrook (a former city accountant) decided people needed another reason to go ‘Up the Junction’ and Junction Ale was born. In style it is very different to Wandle and was brewed in tribute to a good friend of his who often complained about ‘too much flowery aromas in beers these days!’

Junction is brewed as a traditional English bitter, using only English hop varieties, lots of crystal malt and a touch of roasted barley to give it an inviting auburn colour. Great with a steak pie or a roast dinner, Junction is a fine compliment to Wandle Ale, but loses none of its drinkability. Just treat it with a bit of respect, at 4.5% it is a little bit stronger than Wandle.
The man himself - Duncan Sambrook

Tasting Notes: A darker amber than is usual in a bitter with a good deep cream head. Chalky raisins on the nose meets bread and butter pudding on the palate with a milky mouthfeel creating a lingering taste experience. A little savoury brine on the finish, sharp and tangy with crushed caramel and ginger cream cookie notes. A little spikey like darjeeling tea.
  • 4.5% ABV

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