Lemongrass Thai. P. A, an English beer style, made popular in India, with a Thai twist, brewed right here in Yorkshire. Is this melting pot of a beer the miracle we need to overcome a culture of fear and division and bring the world together?
No, it’s a fucking beer. But at £1.99 for 4 bottles, you can easily afford enough to temporarily forget the state of the world. I bought it from the discount bucket in the Newland Ave institution, Bargain Beers. This is the first of Decent Spread’s weekly (or whenever we feel like it) reviews of the wonders you can find there.
This is the part of a beer review where you usually find a load of poncey words about smokiness, balance, aroma, and mouth feel. Mouth feel for Christ’s sake. It’s a beer, it feels wet and fizzy in your mouth. If you’re expecting more of the same, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed. I’m not a beer aficionado that can identify the specific breed of hops in a beer by smelling the piss of a man who drank it the night before. You won’t be able to regurgitate this information next time you’re in Brewdog to impress your friends, and it won’t give you any new ammunition to use in your tirade against people that like Fosters.
I’m just a person that likes drinking beer and has a good enough grasp on the English language to be able to describe the things that I taste. My first observation is a dumb one, but worth mentioning. It tastes like Lemongrass. Not just like a beer with some lemon flavouring, it has the specific taste of lemongrass. You get a nice tangy hit which fades into the taste of the beer underneath. Most IPA’s I’ve had taste pretty similar and this one is no different. It’s a decent beer with an interesting flavour in it. You couldn’t have too many because the lemongrass gets a bit much after a while but a few is fine.
It’s basically like a posh man’s Radler (like a shandy but tastes more like lemon). If you’re the kind of person that secretly likes Radler but couldn’t possibly drink it in front of their friends without being ridiculed for having the palette of a dole monkey that has the audacity to drink lager from full sized cans, rather than porter from a small can, this is the beer for you. You can enjoy an easy drinking lemony beer while lambasting your friends for not being aware of the new trend in beers flavoured with Thai curry ingredients.
As I sit here, drinking a Thai. P. A and writing this review, I feel a great sense of regret. I should have savoured it, let every mouthful sit for a while before swallowing, because I know this may be the last time. That is both the beauty and the tragedy of the Bargain Beers discount bucket. Each week, there is something new. Almost always a beer that I have never seen before, and will never see again, and always so cheap. In a week, something will replace it and all that will be left of Thai. P. A. will be a fuzzy memory. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.