Name – Aviator
Brewer – Dent Brewery
Classification – Amber Ale
Strength – 4% ABV
Verdict - At A Glance
On the eye – Warm, deep orange. Tempting to behold.
On the nose – Creamed raisins and buttermilk.
On the tongue – Biscuits, bread, baked apples... not at all horrible.
On the subject – Nestled into picturesque the hills of Cumbria, the Dent Brewery's idyllic setting literally finds its way into the beer.
On the market – A very useful list can be found here. Being in Cumbria helps!
On the whole – 7.5/10
There's a lovely 'bake-house' feel to this beer.
It's possesses the kind of malty deliciousness which brings to mind warm shortbread biscuits and freshly baked farmhouse loaves.
All in all, for a beer marketed very much the spirit of an adventuring pioneer, there's something paradoxically even-keeled and comforting about it.
But then, perhaps they had this sense of paradox firmly in mind when they choose an aeroplane-flying sheep as their mascot. I certainly had no inclination to board a jet after a couple of sips of this very decent brew. In fact, after a short while, a trip to the nearest comfy chair was about all I was planning.
There's even a soothing undercurrent of apple pie to further add to this wondrously 'fireside' appeal. I was left feeling a certain inclination to begin befriending random strangers, and it was as though this was exactly what the beer had in mind. I do admire that quality in an ale, and it's an increasingly rare quality to find.
If all this talk of domesticity, warm breads and kinship sounds hopelessly romantic, well, I would say it's very much a case of the 'beer talking' in this particular case, and for what it's worth – it is absolutely speaking my language.
For those who like their beers well hopped, deeply malted, but with the added appeal of citrus infused biscuit – this could well be the ale for you.
For those who like kicking off their shoes, finding comfy chairs and getting social....well, it's right up your street, too.