Alan Redpath, 33, a nurse, from Broomhill, Glasgow It is often hard to find an ale that doesn't swamp the senses in bitterness, leaving you feeling as though you've just eaten a bunch of flowers, or an ale that seems bloated with sugar. On opening and pouring this golden gem, I was first struck by its earthy, fruity musk. It has the smell of a deep rich ale, but the texture of a blonde beer. The head was convincingly natural and the amber colour gave the glass warmth. Initially a bitter hit tingled on the taste buds, but within seconds it settled into a fine, even sensation and its gentleness soon became apparent. As to the packaging, I was disappointed. A supermarket shelf of ales these days seems to be in the constant throws of battle. The symbols of heraldry, wizards, knights and goblins have become not a little passé, and it's such a shame to find another dated label joining the club. Rating out of 25 ­ 19 {{DRINKS }}