Goliath Ale

4.2% alc./vol., 500 ml bottle
Marston’s PLC – http://www.wychwood.co.uk/
Witney, England

DSCF0729The beer to slay a mighty thirst!  The Goliath of the bible was a champion warrior of the Philistines, whose height was six cubits and a span.  A cubit is measured by the width of the four fingers of your hand times six, which adds up to about 18 inches.  Goliath was therefore supposedly 9 feet 3 inches tall.  Besides his “fish story” height, there’s a few other points to the Goliath story that just don’t add up.  For instance, Goliath wore a bronze helmet, and yet a stone from a slingshot was able to hit him on his bare forehead and kill him.  Skipping ahead a few thousand years, I thought this beer would be large and strong like it’s namesake.  No, it’s of a usual size and strength.  The brewer says it has “strength of character” instead.  It’s another Goliath story that just doesn’t add up!  It’s a pretty tasty bitter…what you and I might call a pale ale, since it’s not literally bitter.  It’s a nice, full, balanced flavour.  You have to admire the label art of the Wychwood beers too.  Those labels are probably influencing your perception of the flavour, which is what all good marketing is designed to do.

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