Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jennings Cocker Hoop

Tonight I tried another of the beers I picked up from the last lot of imports. Cocker Hoop held special interest for me in that it features in Michael Jackson’s 500, the ticker in me comes out. Jennings is an interesting brewery in that it ranks in the very short list of family brewers who have been bought out and have survived, brewing their own brands. Wolverhampton and Dudley (now renamed Mastons PLC) who bought Jennings have recently bought the legendary micro pioneer Ringwood of Hampshire and all indications are that this brewery will also survive , cheers to that!

Anyway on with the beer.

Jennings Cocker Hoop 4.6%

Bottle, Pours a light gold with a lively white fluffy head. Aroma displays some citrisy hop and a hint of cornflower. On the pallet there is resiny hop, then a slightly stewed malt note, a burst of sweetness and then a long drying finish with an oxidative character, a little tired, probably was a fine beer when fresh.

The downside of living at the bottom of the earth is that many of the beers I desire have to come along way through the tropics to get here.


Anonymous said...

It's fabulous from the cask, although a little strong to drink it all day!

Try the Cumberland Ale and / or the Fish King by Jennings they're fine examples of well crafter beers.

Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

I have had Cumberland Ale before and it was in good form.