Purity’s Longhorn was enjoyed in Purity’s own rather swanky Birmingham establishment; quite a nice place and plenty of interesting beers on offer. It was therefore a shame I picked this one (remembering that the only other beer I’ve had there – Yankee – was a dud).
Not terrible, but a bit one dimensional. Given the name, perhaps not surprising that it’s very much an American Pale Ale, heavy on the hops, with some grapefruity flavour in the start but not a much beyond the hops. Served rather cold as well, which I’m sure is the American way but makes it taste a bit like a over hopped lager.
No picture for this second, as all the photos I have are so blurry as to be useless! SameWerking is produced by super-Scottish brewers Fyne Ales as part of Brewdog’s Collabfest this year. The beer is amber in colour but brewed with Rooibos red tea, so although its a fairly hoppy endeavour it looks rather darker than it tastes.
The flavour is green and hoppy, a touch astringent in places and even gingery. The tea makes a good match for the hoppy bitterness and makes for a surprisingly refreshing if strongly flavoured beverage.
SameWerking is the Afrikaans name for collaboration, in case you’re wondering, and Rooibos tea is of course a South African tea – clever eh?