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Frodsham Brewery taste test #5: Devils Garden
Right off the bat I take a dislike to Devils Garden, since I find the lack of apostrophe in the word “Devils” utterly offensive. Bizarrely, the brewery’s literature spells it “Devil’s”, and so I am prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt.
At 3.9% alcohol by volume, Devils Garden is one of the brewery’s lighter offerings, and is described as “an amber bronze traditional biscuit flavour beer” with a “raisin after taste”. It seems to have gone down well with the micro brewery crowd, winning the SIBA North gold award for 2010.
Devils Garden has a heavier hop taste akin to P.S.A., but without that beer’s potent after taste. Instead the biscuit and mild raisin flavours linger on the palette, making this a much more balanced proposition that even non-hop fanatics should find accessible.
It isn’t as refreshing as something like Buzzin’, but Devil’s Garden is still a lighter brew than may others in it’s class. I have the notion of it accompanying a roast beef dinner, and now I want a roast beef dinner. Mmmmmm, roast beef diner…
As with my previous taste test I did not put Devils Garden through the online mutiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops test. It is worth noting that on both these nights I did play CoD before imbibing my beer, and performed uncharacteristically abysmally in both instances. Therefore the evidence shows beyond reproach that both P.S.A. and Devils Garden would have improved my performance.
Despite not being a hops fan, Devils Garden rectified the previous beer’s maladies and earns itself a four star rating.