I visited a boozer recently, and there on the bar was the "CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain", Timothy Taylor's, Boltmaker. You would think that a beer, that has attained such a prestigious award, would have you salivating, at the thought of an imminent slurp.
However, there was no excitement for me. No "wow factor" ale on the serving counter. Just a shrug of the shoulders on witnessing, in my opinion, a decent, flavoursome ale - one of many I quaff on my beery excursions.
When it was announced as the 2014 "Supreme Champion", it certainly raised an eyebrow or ten. Many ale aficionados being equally mystified, on how it had attained the ultimate award, that CAMRA could bestow.
Ok, it's a malty, fruity and mildly spiced slurp - a nice, flavoursome, well balanced bitter . But, top dog status? A beer of the highest authority? The head honcho? I think not.
Come on, be honest, did Boltmaker really cause you great excitement, when the result was announced? Unlike its predecessor, from the "White Rose County", Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter, may have done. A "wow factor" beer, in the extreme. That fully justified the 2013 crown - in my opinion.
Nah, Boltmaker, you are not a beer to increase the heart rate, on witnessing your representation on the bar. An ale with pleasant , but certainly not gargantuan qualities - as the tasting panel would have you believe.