October 8, 2013 by 250 Beers
I work in a predominantly male office. Essentially, there is one female and seven blokes in total. It used to be eight blokes.
The arrival of said female six months ago did change the dynamic of the office a little. It somehow ceased the frequent passing of (loud) wind that tends to occur when eight blokey blokes work together. One thing that didn’t change was the office’s love of beer.
I consume more of a variety of beer than everybody else in the office and this leads me to tend to talk about beer more than anybody else. With constant fear of sounding like a Beer Wanker I curb my enthusiasm and only tend to harp on about beers that really stand out.
One such beer recently was Nail Brewing’s Golden Nail (5.0%). The day after I tried it, I couldn’t wait to get to work and chew somebody’s ear off. Figuratively, of course.
With the header on the label being a play on words (for golden ale) and a subhead suggesting summer ale, my bottle was opened somewhat tentatively. I was wary of this beer being a flash-in-the-pan fresh-but-drab offering released in time for the warmth of spring and summer.
How wrong I was! I was greeted with a delightful hop hit that I wasn’t expecting (even though the label alludes to it). Golden Nail isn’t a hop bomb but this beer is hoppier than some IPA’s that I’ve had. This isn’t a criticism. Far from it. I’m an IPA and hop fanboy after all.
Being a non-hop bomb there’s not a huge amount of bitterness. Instead, the driving factor is the refreshing tropical fruit zest. The freshness along with a sensible alcohol content guarantees sessionability.
I’ve spoken to people who suggest John Stallwood (Nail Brewing) is a perfectionist with his brewing. This Golden Nail is a fine example of this. You can almost taste the thought that has gone into it.
It’s a very flavoursome drop and will no doubt feature in my beer fridge this summer.