Pours a clear, pale golden colour. The head is medium and bubbly, and fades away quickly to a thin lacing. Lots of carbonation visible.
First sip: Mild malts and hops that are almost buried in a fruity sourness. The sourness lingers for quite a while leaving a dry after-taste. Mouth-feel is a little thin with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.
This is quite a nice brew - which you would expect from Cooper's Brewery. It's refreshing, and goes down well on a hot day.
BUT, there isn't a lot happening on the flavours side of thing; a lot of sourness and not a lot else. On the other hand, the sourness make this very more-ish. And as it warms in the glass, a sweet malt comes to the fore and is less overwhelmed by the sourness
It washes down a lightly smoked cheddar rather well.
Thomas Cooper's Artisan Reserve
Same again, sir? Yes.