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Bateman's GHA

Added: Wednesday, July 1st 2009

Batemans, the family-owned brewer in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, has plugged a gap in its portfolio with a new golden ale, GHA.

The 4.2 per cent beer sits between the brewerys long-running bitters, XB (3.7%) and XXXXB (4.8%). Its brewed with East Anglian Maris Otter malting barley and Challenger and Goldings hops. The colour rating is 15, units of bitterness 32. The name GHA is short for the brewerys famous slogan, Good Honest Ales.

It has a distinctive clover-shaped pump clip and the aim of the new beer, says managing director Stuart Bateman, is to appeal to both regular Batemans drinkers and to younger and experimental drinkers who want to try a lighter-coloured beer.

The beer has juicy malt and spicy hops on the aroma with a hint of butterscotch. Theres sweet malt in the mouth balanced by spicy and bitter hops and tart fruit. The finish is bittersweet but becomes dry with rich malt, fruit and hop notes.

The beer is now on sales in the Batemans pub estate and will be available through national distributors and wholesalers. Further information from 01754 880317 or email enquiries@bateman.co.uk.