Beer Review: An Gof – Lizard Ales

Today’s review is one I’ve had kicking about for quite a while. I picked up ‘An Gof’ by Lizard Ales from the Asda in Falmouth when I was last there, which was a good few months ago now. It’s a bottle conditioned Strong Cornish Ale so I’m imagining a very traditional style British beer. Lizard Ales seem a rather interesting micro brewery. They brew out of an old nuclear bunker, formerly RAF Treleaver. Unfortunately much of their website is a tad broken. The name ‘An Gof’ comes from the Cornish for ‘the blacksmith’. The ale is brewed to commemorate the blacksmiths who marched with Michael An Gof who led the Cornish rebellion of 1497.

Opens up very lively. Pours a treacle like colour with a well maintaining head from start to finish. A really interesting nose that is very reminiscent of marmite on toast, which is likely a result of the wood-smoked hops used. There is a caramel sweetness to the body of the beer with that smokey, marmite flavour coming through on the finish. A nice, light bitterness is present throughout the beer from the hops. A solid tasting ale.

A quick note on the bottle art: Not the most interesting design and I don’t think it stands out on the shelves. However, it feature the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil while also telling the tale of Michael An Gof on the side of the label.

Not a bad brew by any stretch. Despite keeping it upright the beer did pour very lively and there was lots of disturbed sediment. Although, I’m going to place that on my own user error. That said I don’t think the sediment impacted my enjoyment of the beer at all and it was only noticeable visually. The aroma was very nostalgic for me with that marmite on toast smell. The flavour was as expected for a traditional British ale but with an additional smokey touch. Nothing extraordinary but you’d happily have a couple pints from the hand pull in a Cornish village pub. I’m fascinated by this brewery and will certainly try my hardest to visit next time I’m in Cornwall.

Score: 6.5/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: Falmouth Asda.

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