Been a fan of Thornbridge for a little bit now and of all their core range beers, this is the one I was most looking forward to trying. ‘Satzuma’ is, naturally, a satsuma pale ale but importantly also gluten free. It’s one of the beers from my Dad’s advent calendar but he asked if I wanted to grab a quick snap and a little sip to do a review on. I was more than happy to oblige…
Visually, the beer pours a fairly clear golden colour. The nose of the beer is a stunning, punchy and zesty aroma of the beers namesake, giving a really pleasant and inviting orange smell. The flavour of this brew is pure orange peel that helps boost an already crisp and refreshing beer. Solid levels of carbonation push flavours around and provide a lovely fizz to the finish. Most certainly a beer for the summer with that light fresh, flavour.
A quick note on the bottle art: As always the same style for Thornbridge beer art. However, potentially my favourite colour combination. I think the neon orange and deep forest green work really well.
One of my favourite gluten free beers for sure! The decision to go for satsuma peel instead of adding juice or puree during the brewing process was the right one. It adds a zesty, fresh orange flavour that enhances the base hope body of the pale ale rather than swamp it. Supremely drinkable beer and one my Dad was chuffed with. They apparently have this on keg so I will have to get myself up to the Peak District next summer and sink a few of these.
Thanks for reading! Cheers!
- Hops: First Gold, Mandarina Bavaria, Cascade
- Malt: Pale, Munich, Caramalt
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 4.5%
- Gluten Free: Yes!
- Vegan: Yes!