Founded in 2002, independent brewer Hawkshead is now the largest in Cumbria. I really liked this Pale Ale, which fuses the traditional and modern characters to good effect. It’s made with Maris Otter malted barley and full flower hops, with English varieties supplemented by the fabulous American variety Citra.
Hawkshead Windermere Pale Ale, Lake District
4% alcohol. Three English hops plus Citra. Very fruity and lively with peach, pear, spice and some citrus. Exotic but balanced with lovely fruity qualities. Finishes hoppy and slightly bitter. 8