My tour of the north of England continued this week as I prepared for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with a couple of pints at Otley’s Old Cock. It was here that I was introduced to local beer maker Ilkley Brewery’s Mary Jane.
It’s an American Pale Ale style with a lovely golden colour and frothy, zesty head. It’s a little like Guinness in the way it clears – slow and enticing. Ilkley pumped up the content of the popular Amarillo hop for this one, giving it a grapefruit and lychee nose.
It looks great and smells great. It’s pretty tangy in taste, too. Smooth, fruity, light and very quick to disappear, Ilkley Brewery’s Mary Jane is a very pleasant beer.
Colour: Rich straw
Nose: Exotic fruits
Taste: Citrus hits. Smooth and fruity
Our verdict: Very nice indeed. A good stab at an American pale ale styleTweet