I had my half of Barn Ale from Tydd Steam Brewery during a recent Peterborough pub crawl. As the brewery is near Wisbech not a million miles from Peterborough I'm claiming it as a local brew. The brewery have been running since 2007 and just as a useless bit of trivia you can see the steam engines the brewery is named after in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in my home town of Lincoln. Anyway the micro brewery seem to be doing ok for themselves and this is the first of their many beers I've tried. Barn Ale comes in at 3.9% so it's a decent option for a session.
The beer pours a very clear, very pale amber with a small white head so in many ways it looks a bit like a lager. The aroma is fairly nondescript but there's some citrus notes coming through while the texture very much matches the look, it's light, but actually not as refreshing as you might expect. To be absolutely honest I'm not a big fan of the taste, it's not malty enough to be a good bitter and not hoppy enough to be a good pale ale. Sure there's a bit of a citrus kick at the end but it's still quite dull. I'm going to give Barn Ale from Tydd Steam Brewery 4 out of 10, it's just not enough of anything to be really interesting.