Metropolitan Mild Ale
English “mild” ales are a foil to the “bitter” ales made in that country but truth be told, both styles are quite mild. The difference is that milds are more malt forward in flavour and bitters are more hop forward and slightly more bitter. Mild ales are classically a light to mid amber in colour and are characterized by their use of biscuit and caramel malts to give the beer a truly “ovaltine” sweet palate and lingering malt finish. They can be dry, as this one is, but the difference is that they celebrate the wonderful character of British dark malts and their aromas and flavours. This is a classic ale process in that the beer is fermented at warmer temperatures and the yeast produces wonderful fruit esters to complement the malt tones–think light caramel apple flavours and you’re in the park! The lower alcohol makes them perfect “session” beers that can be drunk over the course of a whole evening.
Tasting Notes: Malty aroma and palate with dry, lingering finish. Caramel tones and fruit esters from yeast combine for very mild character.
Appearance: Medium amber with fawn head
Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malts and tree-fruit esters
Serving Suggestions: Roasted red meat, mild cow’s milk cheese
Light floral grapefruit/citrus aroma and subtle toasted malt undertone gives way to a solid pale/caramel malt palate and soft, floral lingering finish balanced between mouthcoating malt and drying hops. Very balanced.
Light copper with white head.
Aroma: Floral hop and light malt with very little ester–clean.
Serving Suggestions: With grilled light meat/poultry, corn tortillas and mild salsa, medium cow’s milk cheese
Hops Variety: English Fuggles and Goldings
Malt Variety: English Maris-Otter pale ale malt, caramel malt, biscuit malt, chocolate malt
Yeast: Californian Ale Yeast
Glassware: Shaker Pint Glass
Style: English Mild
Serving Temp: 4-6 deg C