And so my long trek through the cheap beer range at ALDI continues with Studio 54 IPA brewed by William Bros in Alloa specially for ALDI. At this point we're still in lockdown number 76, I think it's number 76 they're all starting to blur into one none pub going blur, and usually things only get blurry after going to the pub. William Bros have been around over two decades now, but if I'm honest I've only recently started paying attention as their beers have worked their way down to the supermarket shelves of England. So far they've been a bit hit and miss, so we'll see how Studio 54 goes down.
The beer comes in a very bright orange on black 330ml can, it manages to stand out on the shelf much more than my last ALDI beer, the close to impossible to make out Golden Torch. I quite like this one. There's a fairly hefty 5.5% alcohol content too, which when you think the beer only costs a pound is pretty good value per unit. Obviously I'd rather have a tasty weak beer than a strong vile one, but hopefully this will be tasty and potent. Studio 54 pours a clear straw colour with a really nice thick head, so it certainly has the look of a high quality IPA.
The aroma is nice, there's some citrus in there, which just seems to be the way with all IPA's at the moment. It's certainly not a new smell, but it's a pleasant one so I'm not going to knock it. It almost feels like this is a proper premium beer, not a bargain bucket that'll do for the price offering, so I'm quite optimistic now. The texture is exactly what a good IPA should be, it's smooth, thin, and refreshing, honestly I'm much more impressed than I thought I'd be when I picked up the can.
The taste is initially excellent. It's really malty, which I love, and the citrus comes through, but not so much that it overpowers, or leaves that weird twang on your tongue overly citrus IPA's often do. There's a slight orange taste that gives the beer a bit more depth, which is great. After the first sip or two I was looking at giving Studio 54 a really good score, sadly however there's a bit of a weird aftertaste, which doesn't completely ruin the experience, but left me a bit disappointed. Nevertheless on the whole William Bros and ALDI have produced a pretty good IPA so I'll give them 7 out of 10. For the price it's excellent, it's just a shame about the finish.