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York Centurions Ghost Ale

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Brand: York Brewery / Style: English Bitter Alcohol Content: 5% / Type: Ale

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      01.10.2003 22:55
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      Last weekend we went to an excellent Beer Festival in the brewing town of Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. We went for the afternoon session and spent a leisurely afternoon sampling a large variety of interesting beers. The one that stood out (although I don't think we had one we hated) was Centurion's Ghost Ale, produced by the York Brewery, based (not surprisingly) in the old Roman city of York. York brewery started production in 1996, becoming the first brewery in the city for around 40 years. It is a show brewery, which has a gift shop, bar and visitor centre - tours are available throughout the day from Monday to Friday and there?s ample opportunity to try a few ales. They now own two pubs; the Last Drop Inn and the Three-Legged Mare (the first purchased in 2000 and the second in 2001) and they have plans to buy another. York supply their beers to approximately 400 pubs in and around the city and you can also find them at Beer Festivals around the country. Some York beers you may encounter include Yorkshire Terrier (4.2% ABV), York IPA (5% ABV) and Stonewall (3.7% ABV). If you do visit you may get to see some of these being brewed from the viewing gallery. Centurion's Ghost Ale weighs in at 5.4% ABV and is available all year round. It was named after a local ghost story, popular around York, about a Roman soldier who haunts the ancient city. Centurion's Ghost has won awards around the country; both in categories specifically for dark beers and in general - for example, it was awarded the Gold Medal in the Brewing Industry International Awards in 2002. Looks wise, it is a dark ruby red colour that almost resembles a porter or a mild. It is quite a dark beer; this comes from the dark roasted malt used in brewing. It is pretty full bodied, but doesn't feel thick or syrupy in the mouth. The aroma is faintly chocolaty, mixed with a citrus element. Taste wise, Ghost is interesting too! Hops and fruit
      combine with a pleasant malty flavour, to produce a beer that has depth and richness. This maltiness gives way to a finish that is quite bitter, but this leads to a short aftertaste that is malty and slightly sweet. The aftertaste lingers just long enough for you to get another pint! We tried our Centurion's Ghost at the Burton on Trent beer festival and pain £2.00 for a pint (it was actually sold in halves but as one half was £1.00, you can see where my price comes from). If you go on one of their brewery tours though, you may even get a free taste! I thoroughly recommend Centurion's Ghost! It is tasty, looks appealing and has a nice story to go behind its name. Just bear in mind that it is quite a strong beer - you may forget when you are drinking it because of its lovely fruit and malt flavour! Brewery Details: York Brewery Toft Green, Micklegate, York, Tel: 01904 621162 Fax: 01904 621216 http://www.yorkbrew.co.uk info@yorkbrew.co.uk

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