Breweries don't come with much more tradition than Jennings who have been brewing away in Cockermouth since 1828. Cumberland Ales is very much one of the breweries regular beers and chances are you'll have seen it in a pub or supermarket somewhere near you, but should you try it? First things first the beer comes in a nice 500ml bottle with a sketch of the brewery, which is now owned my Marstons, but isn't everything? Cumberland Ale pours a nice golden amber with a decent white lacing, giving it all the looks of a proper old English ale you expect to be served in a proper ye olde pub.
The aroma is nice, light and floral with plenty of hops. I have to say I love the texture, especially on a warm day, it's really light, and just so easy to drink. Everything about this beer just feels fresh and drinkable, while the taste is just really pleasant. There's plenty of hops and floral summer tastes with just the right amount of bitterness and malts. At 4% Cumberland Ale isn't going to blow you away, but it shouldn't it's just the ideal summer session beer. I initially rated Cumberland Ale from Jennings Brewery 7 out of 10 but the more I drink the more I like it, it's honestly one of the easiest beers to drink on a session you'll ever find so it gets a much better and well deserved 8 out of 10. If like me you don't like lager but you want something light to drink in the summer Cumberland is very possibly the beer for you.