One of the beer styles I’m particularly interested in is mild. Having started my journey towards beernerdom by discovering big bold Belgian styles and then hop laced American styles I soon came to appreciate the genius of the session beer. Its an incredibly difficult thing to craft a low gravity beer that packs plenty of flavour and has the depth to keep the drinker interested.
Mild is perhaps the most endangered style of session beer. Mild went through a period of being seen as an uncool drink for old men in flat caps. It has in recent times seen something of a renaissance largely on the back of the micro brew movement. Due to its low gravity Mild is also a pour traveller so apart from the one I brew myself I tend to experience the style through less than perfect examples.
On Sunday I tried one of the biggest selling ones, Banks Original, the advertising blurb even boasts "over one million pints are sold every week". Banks changed the name from Mild when it was felt that this was hurting the marketing of the beer, although they now have returned the descriptor mild to the can. Confusingly Ratebeer list Banks Original as being a Bitter, its not its definitely a mild.
Banks Original 3.5%
Pours a tawny amber with a white head. Aromas of creamy malt, toffee, nuts (
Latter on Sunday as I sat at the football drinking Tui East India Pale Ale which is in fact an amber industrial lager and that description flatters it, I wished I had a Banks Original, it might not be the most characterful Mild but its a damn sight more palatable and enjoyable than Tui.