I had my first taste of Hunter’s a few years back for the Sainsbury Great British Beer Hunt. The Devon based brewery had their Full Bore into final round of the competition that year, but sadly weren’t crowned champions. I did however pick up a few of their other bottles and reviewed their excellent Half Bore in one of my video blogs.
In February I was down at a food fair in Exeter; Hunter’s had a stand so I was able to taste a few on cask as well as being given a trio of their newer beers to take away in bottle.
Ice tea brown.
Buttery caramel & grapefruit pith nose.
Wonderfully easy drinking, creamy texture, passion fruit, clean tangy finish. Super session ale.
Aromas of fragrant sweet red apple and blossom honey.
Punchy dry apple skin moving to dry savoury and firm on the mid palate. Super dry finish with notes of sweet basil. Quite more-ish. However it lacked liveliness. Perhaps it was faulty? Looked flat and hazy. Not exceptional but interesting. Good with creamy cheese or grilled pork.
Rich chestnut brown.
Raisin malt brown fresh dates on the nose.
Flat so lacks depth. Dry and malty. Some sweet prune.
A bit of mixed bag really. I tasted the Crispy Pig on cask at the stand and it was much more vibrant so knew something was up with the bottle. It’s a bit of a novelty: ale infused with apples. So worth looking out for. The Royal Hunt I would want to try again as it’s may have been faulty as well. For me Devon Dreamer was the standout. Refreshing, balanced and delicious. What more could you want?
Thanks to the folks at Hunter’s for giving me the samples and do seek out their multi award winning beers.