A fine full bodied deep golden ale with a refreshingly hoppy palate.
The atmospheric system Isambard Kingdom Brunel chose for the South Devon Railway line was not a success. To propel the train, pistons were forced along a pipe sealed by leather valves.
The leather proved to be fatally vulnerable - to damp, to cold weather and, so the story goes, to being gnawed by rats. History fails to record if Brunel consoled himself with a beer like this one when the atmospheric system finally hit the buffers in September 1848.