Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Castle Eden Brewery Red beer review. I received this beer as part of a Flavourly beer selection a few weeks ago and now the suns out I've decided it's time to go outside and try it. Castle Eden are a 100 ish year old County Durham based brewery that spent a while under Whitbread PLC ownership but are now privately owned again. They are another one of those breweries who give their beers nice straightforward names like Blonde, Red or Black so if nothing else you should have a pretty good idea what you're getting from the bottle.
Castle Eden Red New World Ale comes in a nice enough 500ml bottle with a really cool label featuring a guy on a horse looking out to a castle on a hill at sunset. OK I know it doesn't sound cool but it looks very scenic and given that my website is called Drink in the Sights you should appreciate I like scenic things, and beer. Anyway the brewer describes the beer as 'a ruby red ale with a rich malty character from the combination of pale, light and dark crystal malts.... a full bodied beer with juice hop character from generous helpings of Willamette hops.' All of that sounds quite appealing to me.
I think it's fair to say The 4.4% alcohol content of Castle Eden Red is pretty standard, so nothing to write home about there, meanwhile the look is very much that of a standard red British bitter with a decent head. Where things start to get interesting is the aroma which is seriously malty with some lovely caramel and chocolate scents coming through. This may look like a standard British bitter but it smells of something much more promising. The scent really has got my attention far more than I expected.
Like the aroma the texture is extremely nice. It's thick, rich and creamy almost like a really good milk stout, and the taste is amazing. I love a malty beer, and this one is seriously malty with just the right amount of sweet caramel and hops to make it really interesting. As you can probably tell I really enjoyed this beer and would happily buy it again. I'm going to give Red from Castle Eden Brewery an exceptionally good 9.5 out of 10. This is a seriously good beer which you really should try if you get the chance.