For this beer Wadworth have also gone with Sovereign hops, but have also added some Saphir. The bottle has definite hints of 6X (one of Wadworth’s regular beers) about it with blue and gold being the main colours. The royal lion and many diamond shapes are on the label giving quite a stylish look but nothing which really says “celebration” to me.
The beer is a nice amber colour with a slight head, the nose is sweet with tofee and apples, the intial taste is sweet fruit leading into a sweet apple flavour in the middle there is also some slight buscuity malt and then a sharp bitter end leaving a bitter bite on the tongue.
This beer is quite good, if I were to liken it to another Wadworth beer then it is like a cross between Henry’s IPA and 6X but the hop bitterness is something quite different. It really belies it’s 6%ABV just like the Hooky Diamond Reserve, it also could have benefited from some more conditioning or even better being bottle conditioned.
Being a 6%ABV beer this really could have been more strong in flavour, I am not sure but would say that this has been brewed as a “safe” beer, it is unlikely to offend anyones pallete and it is genuinly a nice beer. But it is not an adventurous or memorable beer, which is what I would have expected from a beer to celebrate such a memorable event as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Check back tomorrow for the next in my Jubilee beer reviews.