I had this pint of Bath Ales Queen of Hearts as part of the Wetherspoons beer festival while I was in Nottingham. I wouldn't usually bother with Spoons but we were on an all day session and it's just the easiest place to get some food. Not surprisingly the brewery is based just outside Bath where they were founded in 1995. I had a few of their beers while I was in the city a couple of years ago and particular enjoyed Gem so I thought why not give them another try, it comes free with a mixed grill after all. Queen of Hearts was brewed exclusively for the beer festival so we'll just have to see if it turns up ever again.
Queen of Hearts is a 4.3% beer that pours a dark ruby red with a decent tan head that lasts pretty well. The aroma is pretty malty with some toffee notes coming through. It smells quite nice. The texture is just about dead on medium bodied and the taste is that of a decent bitter. There's plenty of malty goodness in Queen of Hearts, and just enough toffee notes to keep things interesting. All in all you'd have to say this is a pretty good red ale. I'm going to give Bath Ales Queen of Hearts a very healthy 7.5 out of 10. It might not steal your heart, but it makes for a pleasant enough fling.