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River's Answer

A craft beer for aficionados 3.7% ABV

As the consumer interest in traditional craft brewing continues to spread throughout the world we are able to challenge our own brewing team here in Masham to develop recipes for new Theakston beers that combine the great and time honoured traditions of nearly two centuries of brewing with unusual and even experimental ingredients designed to both surprise and delight our loyal following of Theakston cask ale enthusiasts.

River’s Answer is one such ale. Inspired by our sponsorship involvement with the ecological project of returning wild salmon to the River Ure which flows through Masham, we drew on a musical connection to help in the selection of brewing ingredients. We take the sweetness of our finest malted barley, combined with subtle amounts of bitter hop and blend with the unmistakeable character of smoked Lapsang Souchong china tea to give a contrasting dry flavour, off-set by the gentle sweet fruitiness of Mandarin oranges. The result is a complex, all encompassing flavour sensation guaranteed to encourage comment!

Generous quantities of the smoked china tea were added at the end of the boil in the copper and in the hop back before being fermented in one of our Yorkshire ‘Squares’ where the Mandarin oranges are added.

An ideal food accompaniment to white fish.

Tasting notes

Short Description: Sweet malted ale, smoked tea and fruity oranges Full tasting note: A pleasantly smoked China tea initial sensation is complimented by a full malty flavour with delightful mandarin orange in the finish, one for the craft ale connoisseur.

Unofficial Tasting notes

The unmistakeable flavour of smoked china tea gently softened by luscious fruitiness of mandarin oranges. Colour: Refreshing Tea

A Special A Special One off brew
  • Hop characteristic
    Subtle
    Pronounced
  • Flavour
    Dry
    Sweet
  • Colour
    Light
    Dark
  • ABV
    Low
    High