Quick Overview

Brewed at 4.9% it is a bitter with a backbone. Golden brown in colour (texture not quite like sun) it provides a hoppy scent with bittersweet and malty flavours which linger with citrus and fruits. Traditional and satisfying.

Worth its Weight in Gold

1978 was a troubling year for many; the free-loving 70s were drawing to a close and singing in gibberish was widely becoming accepted as entertainment. Humanity was at its lowest. But from the ashes rose a glorious golden Phoenix named Fortyniner and the future looked brighter for all. 35 years on and Fortyniner is still as popular today as it was when first brewed and it’s not difficult to see why.

A golden pale ale with a thick, creamy crown it stands a proud and regal figure when poured. Its scent carries a satisfying freshness with hoppy, fruity aromas and the mildest hint of toffee. A beautifully balanced brew, Fortyniner provides an immediate sweetness that slowly descends into a dry bitterness, leaving behind and satisfyingly citrus aftertaste. These bittersweet qualities coupled with the overall maltyness provide an intriguingly complex array of flavours that keep you guessing as your taste buds try to keep up with the ever-changing essence.

Overall it is a deeply satisfying ale typical of the Ringwood Brewery. Named after the 1849 gold rush, it is as coveted as its namesake but fortunately far more affordable and far more delicious, I imagine. It’s a traditional bitter from the New Forest that is truly worth its weight in gold.

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