Name: Wolf Brewery Battle of Britain RAF
Bottled/ Draft: Bottled, not conditioned
Head: Very short lived
Mouthfeel: Full bodied
Taste: Nicely bitter, light on the malt.
Comment: This is one of four beers that Wolf have brewed specially to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain - a series of ales made to honour 'The Few', of whom 544 lost their lives during the period of the Battle.
Initially a little fizzy – an artifact of bottling, I'm sure – but otherwise this is a very drinkable, traditional style of bitter. Fairly light on the malt, but retaining a good body nonetheless. There's a very nice floral hoppy nose, which leads through to a nicely balanced bitterness; this is how a good beer should taste!
I've seen Wolf around at various food and drink events before, but I've never got around to sampling their beers until now; on the basis of this one, I'm determined to explore more of their surprisingly extensive range (I count no less than 14 beers listed on their website, not counting the four Battle of Britain beers); if this one is anything to go by, they clearly know their beer!
As part of their commemorations, Wolf Brewery will be donating 10 pence per bottle to the Royal Air Forces Association’s Wings Appeal.
The Battle of Britain beers are available from Wolf Brewery's online shop for £28.50 a case (£2.38 per bottle). Other stockists are also listed on the website.