In 1980, Exmoor Ale was the brewery’s sole beer and even though it was only supplying eight pubs, it sent several casks from its thirteenth brew to the Campaign For Real Ale’s beer festival at Alexandra Palace. That thirteenth brew was far from unlucky, it was judged to be the Best Bitter in the country and Exmoor Ales (or Golden Hill as it was known then) never looked back. Thirty-nine years on and Exmoor Ale is still a favourite of real ale drinkers.
This light chestnut-brown session beer has a fresh, grainy, biscuity nose with a hint of fresh citrus fruit in the background. The palate tingles with a stunning counterplay between grainy, biscuity maltiness and a sprightly citrusy fruity centre and a suggestion of mint. The refreshing finish is a Challenger hop-driven bittersweetness with a lingering dryness, while traces of biscuity maltiness, a whisper of chocolate (from a pinch of chocolate malt in the mash) and fruit also make an appearance. The sort of finish that says ‘have another sip’.
Hops: Goldings, Challenger, First Gold and Styrian Bobek
Normal dine-in price £4.50 / Pre-order lock down take-away price: £3.00