Box Steam Derail Ale

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 5.2%

Proof: 10.4°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

This English IPA ale was inspired by the steam locomotives Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed for the Great Western Railway. Named Thunderer and Hurricane, these engines proved to be less than reliable and had to be replaced soon after coming into service.

Derail Ale is brewed with 90% Maris Otter and Crystal malts with some wheat added. Progress, Chinook and Cascade hops are used with a new strain of yeast, BRY-97 American West Coast Yeast supplied by supplied by Lallemand Brewing. Philip Downes, Box Steam’s Master Brewer, says the “aroma of this new yeast is slightly estery, almost neutral and does not display malodours when properly handled. BRY-97 is a flocculent strain and so slightly reduces hop bitter levels.”

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 05/09/2012


(best before Dec-13) Clear, light-mid coppery amber with thin large bubbled head and moderate lacing.


Slightly burnt caramel with some fruit and freshly cut green woody plant stem.


Moderately bitter and malty grassy palate with biscuity caramel.


Dry and moderately bitter with lightly burnt toast and caramel fading to biscuit.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5 060167 340147 >
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Crown cap

More about Box Steam Derail Ale

Produced by: Box Steam Brewery
Owned by: Privately owned
UK consumer PR by: Proven Communication
UK trade PR by: Proven Communication

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