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Archive for March 13th, 2012

Brewery –          Crouch Vale

Beer –                  Brewers Gold

Alcohol –           4.6%

Origin –              South Woodham Ferriers, Essex

Style –               Golden Ale

Season –           Spring

The name Brewers Gold conjures up so many fond memories, and hearing it’s on at the local ale house leaves me palpably excited!

Claiming to be a light, thirst quenching beer it doesn’t do itself justice!

The first thing that hits you with this ale is just how much flavour they manage to cram into it. It literally bursts with fruity, citrusy flavours. Sweet, Zesty, but wonderfully balanced, and dangerously easy drinking.

Light, golden and lightly carbonated, it’s wonderfully refreshing, and quaffable.

A dry, bitter-sweet and lingering finish leaves you longing for the next swig.

Good god…    Thanks for BG

 

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Brewery –          Moorhouse’s

Beer –                 Premier

Alcohol –          3.7%

Origin –             Burnley, Lancashire

Style –               Bitter

Season –         Autumn

Surprisingly light colouring for a bitter, it’s golden amber hue and more lively head give it the appearance of a golden ale.

Bitter on the nose, it has quite a tang to it, but it’s light and airy.

A solid bitter backbone yet it has a smooth mouthfeel, and is rounded off by a hoppy lasting finish.

At 3.7% it certainly fits into the session ale category. Refreshing, Thirst Quenching and reliable.

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Brewery –          Ilkley

Beer –                 Lotus IPA

Alcohol –         5.6%

Origin –            Ilkley, Yorkshire

Style –              IPA

Season –         Spring / Summer

If you like Thornbridge’s Jaipur you will love this. This is one of Ilkley Brewery’s Seasonal ales and by gum it’s good!

Light, Golden, Lively, lager like in appearance. Light Zesty, Peachy, and floral on the nose.

Lashings of Tropical fruit notes on the tongue, with hints of sweet fresh pineapple, and a strong, surprisingly bitter finish.

Strong contender to the Jaipur crown… Wish it has available all year round!

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Brewery –          Hawkshead

Beer –                  Brodie’s Prime

Alcohol –           4.9%

Origin –              Staveley, Cumbria

Style –                Stout

Season –            Winter

You can’t beat Hawkshead for providing good quality, great tasting, and full flavoured beers and Brodie’s Prime is one of their best.

I first encountered Brodies Prime at Harkers Arms in Chester and was rather tipsy when I tried it. It was the bottom of the barrel and I should have been able to tell that, but being a bit sozzled I condemned it as being a rather poor ale and a bit sour.

Hmmm… I think I may have got that a bit wrong. Having tried it since I’ve revised my opinion!

Deep Ruby black, rich and thick with a lively creamy head.

Almost herbal on the nose, it has hints of sarsaparilla, and cough candy on the tongue. It is beautifully fruity and slightly medicinal (I certainly recommend 1 a day), and leads to a sweet tangy finish.

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Brewery –           Brakspear

Beer –                  Triple

Alcohol –          7.2%

Origin –             Witney, Oxfordshire

Style –                Copper Ale

Season –            Autumn / Winter

Don’t be put off by the beers high alcohol content. Certainly not a session ale but full of vibrant flavours, it has a rich and bright copper colour, with a white creamy head.

A hint of banana’s on the nose, with a smooth and creamy mouth feel, but beefed up by a punchy alcohol kick.

Chunky, Flavoursome, Powerful, with hints of liquorice on the palate, with sweet malty biscuity undertones.

Savour the long delicious, digestive biscuit malty finish.

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