Some time ago I got a message on twitter asking if I would like to try some beer. Well, it would be rude not to, so I replied to the message, they then asked my address, which I gave them and that was the last I heard about it,  that is until this weekend. When I got back from work on Friday I found I had a parcel waiting for me. Sure enough, inside was a bottle of Old Worthy.

So what was it like? Well, I’m sure you can see from the picture that it was a light golden coloured beer. It was highly carbonated, as is often the case with bottled beers. I found that it was a bit too fizzy for me I’m afraid, but that’s not to say that it spoilt the drink. Far from it, I really enjoyed this bottle.

Taste? Well first of all, all I could think was that I found it to be particularly sweet. I was expecting there to be a more hoppy taste to it than there was, which I found slightly disappointing. Also I didn’t really find much of an earthy, peaty flavour, which the bottle talks about. There was a more grassy, lemony feel to it, although that doesn’t quite put justice to what I was tasting. There was another flavour in there which I can’t put my finger on. I want to say rubber, but that would be doing the beer a disservice. What ever it was I found it worked well with the other flavours.

I would say that I should have let the bottle chill a bit before drinking, this bottle had been left on the side all day and I fear was a bit too warm to judge fully. I would also be interested to see how it differs when it is on draught. I have been trying to find if there is going to be a cask version available, but the website is a little sparse. I would guess that Old Worthy would make a good cask ale, not being quite so sparkling and also being kept at the right temperature in the cellar would help to showcase the flavours in the beer.

Final verdict:

6½ / 10

I would guess that a cask version would score higher, but for me it was slightly too fizzy and the flavours a bit unpronounced.