Review #59 – Mad Hatter Manchester Tart 80/100
With it’s low ABV and radioactive appearance, I was dubious about this one. My fiancee, Becky was the first to give it a go and she approved so much so I almost had to wrestle it from her. Still I was expecting it to be overly sweet and very fruity, but looks can be deceiving and they were…
Out of the bottle and into a flute glass, the beer pours an almost psychedelic pink colour, the colour of raspberries viewed by someone on acid, the beer produces a very lively head with a slight pink hue to it, carbonation is ranging from medium to high, there is a little bit of haze but no yeast sediment.
On the nose, sharp summer fruits, tart raspberries and lemon meringue.
On the palate, the Manchester Tart proves itself as a very well balanced beer, and from what I can decipher there have been no hops added to the boil as there is absolutely no hop bitterness. Sharp raspberries, a medley of soft summer fruits, lemon meringue, raspberry coulis, dry champagne, cranberries with just enough lactic acid to tingle the corners of your mouth. The finish is medium, a little dry with plenty of juicy fruits lingering in the background. This is a perfect beer for the summer, very easy to drink, extremely refreshing, a great session beer and not so much fruit flavour that it loses it’s character as a beer.