Marston’s Fever Pitch0July 15th, 2010Beer Reviews
First off I should point out that I don’t often take kindly to products and advertising that jump on the football bandwagon. The best footy related marketing is the football advertising by Nike and Carlsberg (ignoring their most recent attempts).
So, I’m potentially a little biased against Marston’s Fever Pitch…
Let’s start with the positives: oranges, lemons, citrus peel but not zest. It’s more interesting than I expected, more summery. A mellow bitterness that isn’t displeasing and a decent accompaniment to a World Cup Saturday.
But then a touch of butter (in a pale ale this has a tendency to be inappropriate). And then earth, something musty, maybe what more experienced beer folk tell me might be dimethyl sulfide (the compound that makes Carling what it is, and is relied upon just across the road from Marston’s at the Coors Brewery in Burton). Mouldy cabbage it’s not quite, but there’s something. Whatever it is, it lingers a little unpleasantly and in combination with the football inspired label it’s putting me off the match I’m watching. Where did the fruit aroma go?
And then I remember I’ve read about this beer before and a quick search reveals the legal action that Marson’s may or may not have been taking against a Cumbrian brewery.
And that’s the last of fever pitch in our house, except for the real thing when Saturday comes.Tags: football, marstons