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Beer – #857 – North End – Old Island

North End brewing a homage to the old country with Old Island Burton Strong ale, it’s beer club beer of the week time.

this is English beer turned up to 11!

Brewed by North End Brewing Co in the Style that is of a  Premium Bitter/ESB and that happened in Waikanae Beach, New Zealand

This can of is 6.5% ABV and that makes is about 165 calories a serve, it also has 65 IBU things, The whole 440ml is 2.25 standard drink units of beer.

Old Man

Old Man

An old style of British ale recently revived. Fruity, malty and well hopped.

Once one of the major styles of English beer Burton Ale was almost lost to the world. Strong, malty and hoppy this is English beer turned up to 11!

Our interpretation combines NZ hops, a blend of British and New Zealand malt and our fruity English yeast strain to create a rich complex winter warmer.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Strong malty aroma on opening, a lively can, with a splash or three escaping my cumbersome attempt at a graceful ring pull.

Pour is al lovely rich brown that looks full and creamy with a delicate but persistent head of light brown.

Aroma in the glass is of a green hop and a malt richness.

north-end-old-islandFirst sip of of a lovely english bitter strength bitter beer with a balanced amount of bitterness and soft middle washing to a dry but manageable and pucker free finish. Lots of lingering goodness in the mouth from a full body full strength beer.

It is a beer full of a surprise, indeed a  drink that gives you dry dark sugar flavours and a firmly bitter finish.

A delightful and lovely beer that reminds me a lot of my youth in England drinking hand pull beers sitting in various bars of various repute and reputation.

This would be a particularly fine example of a fine beer, a brilliant homage to the old island indeed.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. A thing o joy this ‘great’ is the only way to describe this, a beer that transported me back in time to my youth. Lovely bitterness that lovely thing that the fuggles brings to the beer, the richness the aroma and the longing for another.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJerk NZ BeerClub, but it’s around.
  • Am I enjoying it? Brilliant beer, how many not to like it.
  • Would I have another? I might go out of my way to have another.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes. dark strong, full, rich and flavoursome, a beer that might challenge some but it as far as I remember it’s like the old island and decent pub beer. Mad not to share and bang on about how much better get the older I am.

Music for this: ” Angie Stone ” with ” Covered in Soul ” on Spotify 

Angie Stone is an American recording artist, producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1970s as member of the hip hop trio The Sequence.


In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.


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