Monday, 12 August 2013

Norfolk Beers: Pink Panther

Ok, so let me just get this out of the way.

Right, now that's out of my system, we can crack on.

Over the past year or so, I've developed a love for all things Norfolk. The beautiful coastline, quaint villages and gorgeous local food. (I very recently discovered samphire and it is my new favourite green thing, and yes, that includes The Hulk.) Most of all however, I love the beers brewed in Norfolk. No brew from this beautiful county has ever disappointed, and this is no different.

Panther Brewery are located in Reepham, having started up business in late 2010 after the Reepham brewery closed down. Run by a chap named Martin,  who decided to take a leap of faith with his hobby, this brewery with bite is named for the folk of Reepham who claim to have seen a panther like creature roaming the countryside. With six brews to date, this prowling beast is showing no signs of slowing down. 

Having had a couple of malty love affairs from The Real Ale Shop already, something a little bit different was in order. Being unable to decide, I left the decision to my significant other who (as always) came up with a good'un. 
The first thing you'll notice about this brew is it's colour. It's called Pink Panther because it has a vivid pink core. On the nose there is a gorgeous bitter-sweet fusion of citrus notes and a hint of raspberry. On the palate you're hit with a slight maltiness followed by an explosion of citrusy hops and a satisfying finish of red berries. 

This ale really stands out from the crowd as one of sleek prowess with a juicy bite. A proper predator. 

Pink Panther is available for £34 a case direct from Panther themselves. 


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