Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Over the Water from Taproom Craft Beer Review. I think this will be my 5th Taproom Craft Beer review and so far they have all been far from inspiring, but as they are dirt cheap offerings from Home Bargains I feel I should keep trying in the desperate hope that one day one of them may actually turn out to be a bargain. Sadly Over the Water has already got my back up. Let me explain... The brewer is based in The Wirral which is a part of Liverpool, which is fine. What's not fine is that the can features the Liver Bird which is the symbol of the city.
Now I know what you're thinking why am I upset that a Liverpool based beer has the symbol of Liverpool on it, and indeed the city skyline behind it? The answer is simple, they've made it all red, I'm an Everton fan and I can assure you the city is blue, the royal blue Mersey is blue and the people who live there are blue da ba dee. So the Over the Water can is an affront to everything I hold dear, or at least some of it so this beer had better be good. Anyway... other than been fundamentally flawed the can describes Over the Water as a session ale and the 4.2% alcohol content seems to bear that out.
Over the Water from Taproom Craft Beer is described as having 'a biscuit malt base overflows with waves of oranges and pineapple from Citra, Mosaic, Eureka and El Dorado hops.' If there's one thing I'm fed up of in this blog it's overly hopped citrus based beers so here we go again is my overriding feeling reading that. The beer pours a lively clear golden yellow with quite a nice frothy head. The aroma is as expected full of citrus hops and maybe a little whiff of champagne which explains all the bubbles.
For me as a traditional dark beer drinker who's trying to get the hang of light offerings this just has far too much citrus and is massively over hopped. You'll probably find some reasonably pleasant biscuit notes lingering in there but they are well and truly drowned out by the louder Citra hops. Even the aftertaste is just sour citrus so this is a beer with few redeeming features other than the price. I'm going to give Over the Water from Taproom Craft Beer produced for Home Bargains a pretty dire 2 out of 10. Unless you really, really like massively hoppy citrus beers this probably wont be for you.