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
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 India Pale Ale 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.
Read more about this beer at ratebeer.com: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/alcazar-bombay-castle-ipa/40439/