Red Willow ‘Directionless’ – The Review

Apologies for my recent lack of posts, beer fans. I’ve had a new job, and juggling that with my other commitments has been tough. Just starting to find the time [and energy] to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you, so strap yourself back in!

I tried this beer at a local festival, held in The Royal in Morecambe, which has just recently won a CAMRA award for being the best branch pub of the year. I met up with a couple of mates, and they both raved about Red Willow‘s ‘Directionless‘. I mean raved. They weren’t interested in trying anything else afterwards, and this was at a beer festival…

How could I not try it?

Vital Stats:

  • 4.2% ABV
  • Hops: Centennial and Amarillo
  • Brewed in Macclesfield, England
  • Available on draught and in 500ml bottles

Look Distinctive egg-shaped pump clip, burning browns and contrasting white. In the glass it’s a golden sandy brown. It catches the light lovely. 8/10

Aroma Highly fruity – orange and aromatic peach. There’s a bit of hoppy bitterness, but mainly an inviting, toasty marmalade deal. 8/10

Taste Mmm, what a fantastic sessionable taste – plenty of flavour, but not too much for the gob. It bursts with sweet apricot notes, citrus and burnt sugars [just a touch, not as much as Everard‘s ‘Tiger‘], backed up nicely with a bitter tang. 8/10

Value This is a deal and a half! £2.25 for a beer of this standard is brilliant. 9/10

Session As you drink on, the malty flavours develop, which I enjoy. It’s so moreish [and not too strong alcoholically], I can see why my mates drank it all night. I mean, maybe I’d like something more ‘explosive’ to drink, but you couldn’t even think about hinting at the possibility of calling this bland. 8/10

Scores highly across the board. I can’t say it was the most memorable beer I’ve ever had, but it was a memorable evening, thanks to enjoying the beers so much. I’d definitely recommend you picking a pint of this, if you see it about. Maybe even more than one…

Final score: 82/100

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