Advantages A good standard bitter.
Disadvantages Not going to blow you away
We were meeting some friends for a drink a short while ago in The Rutland Arms in Chesterfield. There are four of us (two couples) so we generally share a four pint jug of beer ~ it works out cheaper than buying four separate pints, but the only problem is that we have to agree on what beer to drink! This time we had one jug of Black Sheep, but it had run out by the time we wanted a top up. We finally decided on Everard’s Tiger ~ purely because it was the one we hadn’t tried in ages.~~~THE BREWERY.
Everards Brewery, which is based in Leicester, was founded back in 1849, by William Everard and Thomas Hull. They bought an old porter and ale
~~~THE BEER.***A Bit of Background***
Tiger Best Bitter is marketed as Everard’s flagship beer and is apparently their best seller. The “Tiger” logo and the image of the tiger are very distinctive and have formed a major part of the advertising campaign for the beer. “Tiger Mania” is the slogan used to promote it and they use pictures of people being transformed into tigers as their marketing campaign ~ the line they use is “It’s the dry hop taste that brings on the condition”.***The Vital Stats***
Tiger weighs in at 4.2% ABV and is made using Maris Otter barley and Crystal malt. As with all Everard’s beer Tiger is “dry hopped” ~ this means that whole, dry Goldings hops are added by hand to each cask during the final stages of brewing. This is a traditional technique that enhances the flavour and produces a well balanced taste.***Look, Aroma & Texture***
Tiger is a clear, dark copper colour with a hint of amber. The head is quite thick, creamy and pretty long lasting. This led to a slight problem pouring it from the jug because the first person got a glass of froth! I just made sure I WASN’T the first person! The aroma is faint but hoppy, with a background smell of malt ~ pretty much the standard elements of a Bitter.The texture is quite full-bodied and a real surprise in a standard Bitter. I actually found it to be creamy and smooth.
***The Taste***The malt and hops that are first found in the aroma continue as the primary components in the taste. The malt is the main flavour, with the hops lending a subtle bitterness.
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