13 Aug

Great Taste 2014 reveals new stars and Allendale Brewery is a winner

The world’s largest blind-tasted food awards Great Taste, has just released the stars of 2014 and Allendale Brewery is amongst the producers celebrating as its Pennine Pale 4%, APA 5.5%, Wagtail 3.8%, Export Stout 7.1% and Red Rye 6% is now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo. 

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women’s Institute, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.  When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – and hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.        

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of espresso, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner.  In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.


APA - Highly effervescent with an intriguing aroma as of tawny marmalade or cooked stone fruits. 'A village summer fete' feel. Full body and a long finish with marked hoppi-ness. Very sound and satisfying with plenty of interest.

Pennine Pale - Enjoyable American hops and tropical fruit on the nose with an earthy element, mango and pineapple and a good hop hit on the palate. Attractive golden ale with character - the judges felt this was a drink they would re-order at the bar.

Wagtail - A very good example of an English bitter. Well made. Well balanced. A tiny bit more body and interest are desirable in the middle of the palate - a little residual sweetness would warrant a higher award.

Red Rye - Really intense, attention demanding, floral hoppy nose. Cleverly balanced hop character that keeps delivering through the finish.Very cleverly crafted smooth rye/ hop to malt balance and bitterness Absolutely bell clear ruby red colour and an aroma of elderflower and citrus.

Export Stout - Curious. The bitterness and high alcohol slightly jarred. Some treacle notes. Well-made. Complex flavour, up front. Not cloying.



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