Broughton Ales Ltd is a small family-owned brewery founded by David Younger, a descendant of the George Younger brewing family of Alloa, in 1980. It is situated in the pretty little village of Broughton – Brote-un, near Biggar in the Scottish Borders. It was one of the first of the new generation of Scottish breweries.
This is an area of Scotland which is rich in history and famous for its Border Keeps and Castles which date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. In those days, Ale Wives would have brewed the beers which form the basis for today’s recipes which are utilized at the Broughton brewery.
They brew a range of beers, including:
Black Douglas, The Ghillie, Merlin’s Ale, Scottish Oatmeal Stout and Old Jock, as well as seasonal offerings.
Greenmantle’s major ingredients are:
Maris Otter Malt and the English grown hop varieties of Target, Fuggles and Goldings.
“Greenmantle Ale is a dark copper coloured ale with a rich fruit bitter sweet flavour reminiscent of gooseberries and a pleasant, clean hop-bitter aftertaste.”
Greenmantle pours to a reddish-brown, copper colour with firm, white head that lasts till the end of the pint. On the nose, it’s somewhat sweet and malty with lots of caramel, and some complex, dried fruit aromas with a touch of smokiness.
It’s a medium-bodied, but full-flavoured beer with a pronounced smoky flavour, slighty sweet & sour, and hints of chocolate. It’s faintly woody with a hint of sultana-like fruitiness, in fact it’s slighty reminiscent of a fruit pudding. There’s quite a firm bitterness with some toasty dryness in the finish but very little in the way of aftertaste.
At 3.9% ABV, this isn’t the strongest beer in the world but, as it’s a typical Scottish 70/-, that should come as no surprise.
It’s not overly complex and it’s certainly not a beer to sip and savour whilst marvelling at the craft of the brewer in bringing all manner of flavours to bear. NO – this is a prime session beer. A beer to lubricate the vocal chords as you sit in the pub and philosophically set the world to rights with your mates (assuming you have any, that is).
It’s a good thirst-quencher and a suitable ale to wash down any type of food (beers like this used to be known as table beers as they were drunk with meals instead of water).
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