Name: Finchley’s Ales India Pale Ale
Price £1.19 from Aldi
Bottled/ Draft: Bottled, not bottle conditioned.
Colour: Deep amber.
Head: Good lingering head.
Mouthfeel: Nice bubble feel, although a little fizzy.
Taste: Some maltiness, with a long and quite strong hoppy finish.
Comment: I only really bought this because I came across it in Aldi and, living in Finchley, I assumed they’d started doing store-specific labelling or something – it was only later that I discovered that this is the ‘own brand’ label that Aldi seem to be using for their beers. There’s a fair amount of debate about just whose beer is in the bottle, the prevailing opinion being that it’s Bateman’s.
Regardless of who makes the stuff, I’m a fan.
Aside from a touch of over-fizziness (something which I’m beginning to realise is a slightly obsessive theme of mine – I’m taking to letting my beer ‘breathe’ for half an hour, like wine, to allow the fizz to die down!) it’s a wonderful ale; a nicely malty start, a well balanced and lingering bitterness and at a price which is, frankly, irresistible. I look forward to exploring the rest of the Finchley’s range.