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Goa Premium Beer ReviewSo I was recently sent a couple of bottles of Goa premium craft beer to review and as I am partial to a pint or two, this was no great hardship.

Firstly a note that I drink a lot of different craft beers, I’m part of the flavourly craft beer club so get a monthly delivery of beers from lots of different breweries. This does not mean I am an expert, tasting notes aren’t my thing really, I can’t quite bring myself to use them when reviewing a beer. However, Goa were good enough to send me a couple of bottles so I will give it my best shot.

The branding is excellent, eye-catching and I’m sure will be popular in restaurants, setting it aside from the better known competition. It is also gluten free making it an option for anyone with a gluten allergy.

I chilled both bottles in the fridge for several days as this is basically a lager, but a step on from the general Cobra / Kingfisher  / Carling offering most Indian restaurants insist on stocking. It has a stronger, maltier flavour than most lagers, tending towards being sweeter and nothing like a crisp pilsner. It also has considerably less gas / head / fizz whatever you want to call it than regular lagers. A head forms when you first pour it but it quickly disappears.

This was the first problem for me. When I drank it on its own without food, I didn’t really like it, it was too flat, but when I had it with a reasonably spicy curry from our local Akbars, it was a totally different story and they went together really well. The lack of fizz was a problem on it’s own but a real bonus when enjoyed with food.

I have the feeling this might still be a bit of a work in progress, and to that end I give them my whole hearted support as its definitely worth pursuing but taken on its own against a range of beers I would always reach for an IPA.

Of course everyone has their own tastes so it’s definitely worth a try if you come across it.


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Editor of Curry Culture and lover of IPA. I wanted to create something that highlighted the best of the industry to both those who work in it and the public who love it so much. Curry Culture is the result so I hope you enjoy it.

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