Ribstone Creek Brewery Abbey Lane – Mild Ale at 3.6% ABV

Ribstone Creek Brewery Abbey Lane – Mild Ale at 3.6% ABV (Gift from Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 27-Sep-2019, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 25-Mar-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy ruby brown with two fat fingers of fluffy light beige head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: mild, roasty malts, cocoa, ashy, nuts, grassy & herbal. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Pleasantly flavourful for such a very low ABV. The body is a little thin, making the roast malt notes feel a little like they’re verging on burnt or ashy, and resulting in a slight astringency in the finish, but not bad overall. It might also be suffering slightly from age, since it doesn’t seem quite as good as the first time I had it. It might not be one I’d necessarily go looking for again, but hey, free beer is free beer! (Thanks, Andrew!) (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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