Continuing my rampage through Marks & Spencer’s beer collection made British brewers, I’ve now reached the Yorkshire Best Bitter made by local brewer, Hambleton’s Ales.
It’s bottle conditioned, which is always a good sign, and it’s a lovely deep toffee colour stemming from its crystal and roasted barley, and it comes with a lovely zesty head. Using classic Northdown and First Golding hops this has a real old school bitter feel about it, something I’ve noticed about the M&S line, having already reviewed the classic English styles presented by its Cheshire Brown Ale, M&S London Porter and the Lancashire Dark Mild.
Taste-wise, it’s malty, toffee and there are distinct raisin hints. A great session ale.
Look: Deep brown, chestnut
Taste: Smooth, caramel and nuts.
Our verdict: Goes down all too easily. An excellent session ale.