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Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA

First published in BEER June 2007 as part of a piece about Threshers off licence chain’s Local Ale scheme. For more Threshers Local Ales see previous post.

ABV: 6.5 per cent
Origin: Basford, Nottinghamshire, England

Bombay Castle IPA

Brewing at the Fox and Crown pub since 1999, Alcazar takes its name from a Moorish-Spanish word meaning “the castle” which according to a lengthy etymology on the brewery website may also be the origin of the English word “ale”.

The quality of the brewery’s take on a traditional is much easier to substantiate. This golden pure pale malt beer, hopped with Progress and Goldings, pours with a thick white head and a creamy, citric and slightly mineral-tinged aroma.

The crisp palate has light juicy malt and a zesty perfurmed note, but it’s dominated by rooty, earthy hops which persist in a peppery finish, softened by strawberry fruit and sweet malt. A touch of alcohol in the finish is the only hint of the strength in this otherwise dangerously quaffable beer. Watch you don’t fall from the ramparts.

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