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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 15th April 2012)

    Spinko: Ridgeside Rushmore
    Thuck Phat: Titanic Plum Porter
    Oggwyn Trench: Imperial Bunny Boiler
    Bucking Fastard: Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde
    Quinno: Magic Rock Dark Arts Surreal Stout
    Pubsignman: Buxton Axe Edge Double IPA
    aleandhearty: Saltaire Cascade
    oldboots: Thornbridge Kipling
    Wittenden: Foundry Torpedo
    ROBCamra: Fyne Jarl
    Alesonly: Box Steam Broad Gauge
    rpadam: Pelforth de Printemps
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    Quick one as thr weekend aint finished yet! A lovely Spring Zing by Hopback in the Swan in Leeds. I deem this a "new pub" despite it being open for ages - it has been taken over by Leeds Brewery recently and completely sorted itself out. Well worth a visit on a crawl of Leeds now.

    Ridgeside - Rushmore was very tasty in the Grove, again in Leeds, and it seems they are actually getting around to countering their aversion to hops.

    In the Hop, there was a really good Spring Sprinter by Fuller's.

    Of equal mention, as usual, is the Laguna Seca in the Fox and Newt Brewhouse on Burley Street. This is truly an exceptional beer and well worth the 15 minute walk from the station to sample. Wonderfully balanced. The food there also goes from strength to strength. It is not always that busy, and I do worry about it not getting enough throughput to keep viable. I am not one to start protestations or demonstrations about pubs that ought to close. The market determines that. However I think recommendations about pubs like do need airing in order to allow other punters an opportunity to keep that pub viable.

    Kirkstall Brewery - Pale Ale. Well on form recently, and sampled in the Cross Keys in Leeds. Hoppy.

    North York Brewery - Friars Ale. First pint I was a bit unmoved. However like most session beers it came alive on its 2nd pint. Fruity and a lovely back of the tongue taste to it. Rather weak for my palate at 3.6 but a good contender.

    I think the Rushmore wins.
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    Some good beer this week:
    Oakham Bishops Farewell, The Hare and The Hedgehog
    Great Newsome Holderness Dark
    Titanic 1912, Plum Porter, Chocolate and Vanilla Stout
    Brakespears Oxford Gold

    Both Oakham ales were excellent with The Hare and The Hedgehog packing a real hoppy flavour punch for only a 3.9% beer. All the Titanic beers were also tremendous, those boys in Stoke are clever brewers. BOTW was Titanic Plum Porter. Does what it says on the tin but without cloying sweetness and is bitter enough such that it keeps demanding to be drunk. If I had to choose beer of the year today this would be it.

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    OK week again

    Imperial - Bunny Boiler
    Empire - Close Quarters
    Purple Moose - Dark Side of the Moose
    Montys - Sunshine
    Green Duck - Duck Blond
    Star - Stargazer
    Blackwater - Bulls Eye
    Tydd Steam - Amnesiac

    Hard not to choose the Purple Moose but i think Imperial just shades it

    BOTW Imperial - Bunny Boiler
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    I am always suspicious about CAMRA Beer of the Year from the GBBF,there seems to be a bias against pokey ales and some curious past winners such as GK IPA and Deuchars IPA but having said that,my Oscar Wilde from Mighty Oak was an excellent BOTW from The Lytton Arms ,Old Knebworth.A very distinguished MILD with that roasted ,nutty start yet with a subtle bitter finish which just demands another pint.One of the best MILDs I've ever had.

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    The Magic Rock brewed Dark Arts: Surreal Stout was a fine pint at the Old Fountain before myself, Mrs Quinno and RogerB went off to see Ultrasound.

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    Had a few good stouts this week - Whitstable Oyster Stout, Buxton Kinder Stout, Tunnel Shadowweaver & O'Hanlons Port Stout - all very enjoyable.

    But BOTW goes Buxton Axe Edge Double IPA which I was very pleased to find in the Craft Beer Co on Saturday. This was one of the best beers I tried last year and it will probably be a BOTY contender this time around as well.

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    Very quiet week for me, with only four beers tried:

    Phoenix - White Monk.
    Copper Dragon - 1816.
    Saltaire - Cascade.
    Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic.

    Easy winner was the Cascade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinko View Post
    ....in the Swan in Leeds. I deem this a "new pub" despite it being open for ages - it has been taken over by Leeds Brewery recently and completely sorted itself out.

    Ridgeside - Rushmore was very tasty in the Grove, again in Leeds, and it seems they are actually getting around to countering their aversion to hops.
    It's a while since I've been to The White Swan. At the time, I thought the temperature of the beers was way too cold. Hopefully, they've sorted that out. I don't know where you get this idea that The Grove has a downer on hoppy beers. Whenever I call, they always seem to have two or three on the pumps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thuck Phat View Post
    Titanic Plum Porter. Does what it says on the tin but without cloying sweetness and is bitter enough such that it keeps demanding to be drunk. If I had to choose beer of the year today this would be it.
    Have to say I was quite wary, before I drank it. However, I think they got the level of fruit just right. If I remember rightly, it was a BOTW for me also.
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    Not sure this week

    Moorhouses Peat Brown
    Gt Heck Dave
    Rudgate Ruby Mild
    Idle Black & Tan
    Ilkley Siberia
    Thornbridge Kipling
    Elgoods Snake Slayer
    Greene King Libertine
    Naylors Velvet
    Naylors P.A
    Copper Dragon Golden Pippin
    Lancaster Pearl
    Roosters Yankee
    Gt Heck YPA
    Three Bs Daff Cocker
    Greenfield Dobcross
    T. Taylors Landlord


    Even the GK Libertine was good and Melissa Cole's Rhubarb beer - Siberia was more than pleasant but I'll stick with Thornbridge Kipling.

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