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Brewery –           Shepherd Neame

Beer –                   Celebration Ale

Alcohol –            4.0%

Origin –               Faversham, Kent

Style –                Golden Ale

Season –            Spring

Having had a few beers, when the wife nipped down to the local off licence I asked her to get a couple of beers for me, certainly not expecting much from the fags and booze late corner shop.

She came back with a Green King IPA (boring) but then pulled this gem out of the bag.

The fact that I’d never heard of the beer, despite it being a Shepherd Neame, immediately got my attention.

The usual Shepherd Neame characteristics were there dark amber, hoppy, reliably satisfying; however this beer is softer, smoother, more quaffable, and surprisingly refreshing for a hoppy ale.

Deeply hoppy on the nose but not pungent, it has a sweet aromatic hoppy backbone. A developing bitterness gives a great deal of satisfaction after the beer has long gone.

Fresh, Hoppy, Clean, a great beer to clean the palate between courses.

Definately one for the HopHead

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Brewery –          Dent Brewery

Beer –                Tow’d Up

Alcohol –          6%

Origin –            Dentdale, Cumbria

Style –             Stout

Season –         Winter

A beautiful black smooth stout with a fluffy cappucino head.

Roasted malt on the nose, with slight metallic like notes. Full of rich treacle, fruit cake and toffee flavours with a solid malty backbone.

The finish is creamy and buttery leaving a lingering buttered toast taste in the mouth.

Warming, rich, and silky.

 

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Brewery –          Batemans

Beer –                 Combined Harvest (Multigrain Beer)

Alcohol –         4.7%

Origin –            Lincolnshire, England   

Style –              Golden Ale

Season –         Summer / Early Autumn

I came across this beer on the discount section in Morrisons. I think it must have been delivered with the other Batemans beers they sell (XXXB, Victory Ale, Dark Lord) by mistake.

Down to 99p for the bottle I thought I’d give it a try and wow was I glad I did!

This beer is a true must try. Burnt Amber in colour with an off white head, this beer is beautifully aromatic and fragrant.

Marzipan and almondy on the nose, jammy, honey and resiny notes on the palate, with a hoppy back bone, and leading to a long sweet finish.

Incredibly easy drinking, and wonderfully different, a great accompaniment to warm British deserts like bread & butter pudding, jam roly-poly, and apple crumble!

What a stunner!

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