60 / 100
330ml squat brown bottle retrieved from the back of my beer cupboard, and probably unconscionably old. Best Before date (it has one!) is actually November 2019, so it's actually not as far out of date as I thought it might be. Anyway, here goes.
Pours with a huge frothy head, after some delicate adjustment, it settles down to a crackly, rolling cap that persists mostly as clumps of sticky lace. Body is light, very pale straw gold and surprisingly hazy. Carbonation looks quite fine given the exuberance of the head. Overall, it looks pretty good, and pretty alive for its age.
Nose is a bit muted, but it's surprisingly clear and crisp even so—there's a greenness to it which gives it the suggestion of hop brightness, even when I must dmit the hops are probably long gone. Under this is a very light, mild grain character, which actually comes across as more in the way of freshness again—again, it's surprisinlgy crisp for its age.
Taste is a bit lighter, and a bit sweeter, which is a shame. It could use more of that crispness here on the palate, where the back is a bit too much like non-alcoholic beer, with a cereal grain flatness. Otherwise, it's fairly clean through the middle, with suggestions of husk and hay.
Feel is light, and fuzzily carbonated. Seems pretty good to me.
Overall, I'd love to try this fresh again, because this is actually remarkably good for something as old as this bottle is. I can imagine it being quite excellent when it's young.