Today I bring you three beers from the relatively young brewery (circa 1980) Wood’s. Found amongst the hills of Shropshire (England), this brewery believes in producing traditional ales to be served in real pubs. They were inspired by the lull in ales available at the time, as gas powered mass produced lagers became more abundant.
Today I bring you three of their creations: Parish Bitter, Pot O’ Gold, and Shropshire Lass.
Beer #1: Parish Bitter
Impressions: This smooth ale presents a fairly mild tone, with a light-medium bitterness throughout the almost watery body. Subtle sweet malt notes hit your tongue toward the end as the lowly carbonated beverage slides down your throat.
Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)
Verdict: An average bitter that presents nothing exciting. It’s smooth and has a respectable taste.
Beer #2: Pot O’ Gold
Impressions: Another smooth ale with a creamier body. A much nicer citrus bitterness hits the tongue immediately followed by malted notes. However, it is still a very light bodied ale with low carbonation.
Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
Verdict: A nicer ale that the Parish, it has much more distinct notes. The slightly higher ABV brings a bit more punch to the beer, however, it is still nothing remarkable. Definitely not Britain’s best bitter.
Beer #3: Shropshire Lass
Impressions: Another light, smooth ale. Very mild with a slightly sour orange / citrus bitterness. Low carbonation and light bodied.
Score: 6 / 10 ( Low Average)
Verdict: Another, not-so-special ale, that while enjoyable, probably isn’t a repeat buy.
Final thoughts on the Wood’s Brewery:
With a claimed 20~ different ale output every year, I can hardly judge the brewery by these 3 bottled ales. That said, nothing here blew me away. Pot O’ Gold was definitely nicest with it’s slightly more depth of flavour. Nothing here would put me off from drinking from this brewery as they are all perfectly adequate (re: average), but I am not going to be immediately drawn to them if say Doom bar is on tap.