Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Just the Ticket from Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co Beer Review. And so my lockdown beer drinking continues with Just The Ticket from Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co. I'm sure it wont come as a surprise to anyone that Wickwar are indeed a Wessex based brewery who also own quite a few nice looking pubs. They've been brewing for over a century and a half, but despite this I've not sampled many of their offerings. This bottle turned up while I browsed the shelves of B&M and has all the hallmarks of a beer I'll probably quite like, by which I mean it's from a proper old brewery and it describes itself as an ale, rather than a craft beer, and I'm just old fashioned enough to think that's not a bad thing.
Just The Ticket comes in a nice dark 500ml bottle as all proper ales should. In terms of information it's one of the sparsest labels you'll ever find. It comes with the tagline 'Artisanal Russet Ale,' but frankly I have no idea what that's meant to mean. I quite like that there's no overly lavish description or ridiculously over the top claims on the bottle if I'm honest. After a quick Google I found that russet is a pale reddish brown colour so I guess if nothing else I now know what colour I'm expecting the beer to pour.
Just The Ticket boasts a pretty impressive 5.8% alcohol content, so that could be fun, and it does indeed pour a reddish brown, although I'd say it's more red. Despite the head consisting of little more than a thin white lacing this still looks like a decent ale. The aroma is also lovely. There's hints of plum in there, and also a slight smoky scent. It really smells like a pleasant fruity bitter. I'm really looking forward to trying this now. If you've read my reviews of Titanic Plum Porter or Badger Breweries Cranborne Poacher you'll know I like a dark fruity beer.
The texture is nice and filling as a good darkish ale should be and the taste very much matches the smell. There's a very sweet, fruity plum taste with some caramel, and a tiny bit of smoke thrown in for good measure. The slightly more bitter aftertaste just helps to balance everything out really well. Maybe this beer really is Just The Ticket. While it lacks the truly special flavours of some similar beers I've tasted it's still a genuinely good, perfectly balanced, fruity ale. I'm going to give Wickwar Wessex Brewing Co's Just The Ticket a pretty impressive 8.5 out of 10. If you can really enjoy a beer on a cold lockdown evening you know it's a good beer.