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Tuesday
Feb052013

FAT YAK

Fat Yak, from "Prospect" Martin Beves. When this beer first hit the shelves it was one of the few beers available on tap or the local bottlo that had a decent hop flavour.

For many people it was their first introduction to Cascade hops and the style of American Pale Ale (APA) – and they loved it.

Apart from Little Creatures, there weren’t many commercially available APAs around. In addition to Cascade hops, it’s brewed with a New Zealand hop variety - Nelson Sauvin. This hop is often described as having a ‘gooseberry’ flavour resembling Sauvignon Blanc, hence it’s name.

Whilst this sounds like a bad idea, it actually works. The Cascade gives it a nice citrusy flavour and the Nelson Sauvin delivers a crisp, refreshing finish. It’s a great compromise between flavour and refreshment.

However, this is a beer that can vary a lot. A fresh keg on tap can be bursting with cascade aroma and flavour. In bottles it can vary from great to nearly tasteless. If you’ve had a disappointing bottled batch I’d recommend trying it again on tap sometime.

Whilst it may not stand up to it’s hardcore craft beer counterparts, it provides a great bridge between commercial mega-swill and craft beer.

 

7/10

 

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