Hello and welcome to another review from yours truly, Ben. Today's review is of the AMAZING Unbarred Mango Pale, but let's not rush into things.
The 11th of August notes a special date in my calendar. If I were to miss it, I could kiss goodbye to certain parts of my body - yes, of course, it is my wedding anniversary! Wife and I journeyed into Brighton and went for a fantastic meal at Moshimo (their seating policy needs rejigging, as we weren't able to sit where we wanted to, as they were saving that seat for a couple who were late. Odd) using the government-led 50% or £10 off deal which I did wash down with some Asahi Extra Dry, probably one of the better mass-produced lagers.
Then, we ventured to one of my favourite pubs in Brighton, William the Fourth.
I had been hoping for Mangolicious by Laine, but WT4th are known for changing their beers up on a very regular basis, so I had to 'settle' for Mango Pale.
Even when it was being poured and I was chatting to the barmaid, I could see that this was a thick, hazy, creamy beer, with a good, strong head.
Even the smell was thick: thick with fresh mangoes, mangoes, mangoes. That is the party piece here. No bitterness, no artificial hints - just pure mango.
To taste it is mango from start to finish. It has a good to low level of carbonation, which is good as this beer is THICK - if it was overly carbonated it would be odd, but it was fantastic. The rich tropical flavours burst across your moot and then the beer finishes with a slight bitterness, just to let you know you're drinking a beer, not a fresh fruit juice.
Apologies for the crap photos - I was 4 pints down at this point!
For £6.25 it is quite pricey, but it is well worth the coin. I loved it so much I had another one, rather than try another of WT4th's many crafties.
Because of the whole beer - the smell, the mouthfeel, the taste which is so refreshing and rich (not a session beer at over 6% and very thick - I wouldn't/couldn't chin it!) it gets a very special score in my books.
9/10. What a beer. And to think I was after a different one....