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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 23rd September 2012)

    hondo: Castle Rock Harvest Pale
    Aqualung: Brodie's Big Mofo Stout
    Spinko: Red Willow Headless
    Thuck Phat: Marble Lagonda
    MobyDuck: Darkstar Kiwi
    Bucking Fastard: Marble Lagonda
    london calling: Fyne Cloud Burst
    Wittenden: Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
    Oggwyn Trench: Cannon Royall Fruiterers Mild
    Alesonly: Belhaven Scottish Stout
    aleandhearty: Great Heck Yakima IPA
    Real Ale Ray: George Wright Brambling Cross
    ROBCamra: Arkwrights Inspired
    Pubsignman: Oakham Bishop's Farewell
    oldboots: Knaresborough Chocolate Cherry Milk Stout
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    Castle Rock - Harvest Pale
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    It's close to the end of September and I suddenly realised I had four Spoons CAMRA vouchers left, so for my Friday afternoon soiree I visited three of the East London Spoons ending up in Brodie's HQ in Leyton.
    Perversely, the best selections and brews tasted were in the New Fairlop Oak and the Wanstead George rather than the GBG 2013 listed Walnut Tree in Leytonstone.

    Here are my results:-

    Welton's Old Harry (5.2%) A lovely orange coloured beer, sweetish but with a bitterness as well.
    Kelham Island Pale Rider (5.2%) Magnificent! Crystal clear and sparkling, very drinkable.
    Itchen Valley Pure Gold (4.8%) Nothing wrong with it, but a let down compared to the previous two.
    Brodie's Saison (8%) Rank, I know the brewer likes to experiment but this one didn't work.
    Brodie's Big Mofo Stout (10.5%) Magnificent!!


    After the superb Kelham Island Pale Rider I thought that this must be the BOTW, but the Big Mofo beat it by a short head. I am going to create a controversy here by revealing that it was Keykeg not handpulled. Having said that it was NOT gassy at all and the chill on it was not really a problem with such a strong beer with massive flavours. At £3.20 in a lined goblet (no short measure here!) for a 10% beer you could hardly call it a rip off.

    BOTW Brodie's Big Mofo Stout on Keykeg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    It's close to the end of September and I suddenly realised I had four Spoons CAMRA vouchers left, so for my Friday afternoon soiree I visited three of the East London Spoons ending up in Brodie's HQ in Leyton.
    Perversely, the best selections and brews tasted were in the New Fairlop Oak and the Wanstead George rather than the GBG 2013 listed Walnut Tree in Leytonstone.

    Here are my results:-

    Welton's Old Harry (5.2%) A lovely orange coloured beer, sweetish but with a bitterness as well.
    Kelham Island Pale Rider (5.2%) Magnificent! Crystal clear and sparkling, very drinkable.
    Itchen Valley Pure Gold (4.8%) Nothing wrong with it, but a let down compared to the previous two.
    Brodie's Saison (8%) Rank, I know the brewer likes to experiment but this one didn't work.
    Brodie's Big Mofo Stout (10.5%) Magnificent!!


    After the superb Kelham Island Pale Rider I thought that this must be the BOTW, but the Big Mofo beat it by a short head. I am going to create a controversy here by revealing that it was Keykeg not handpulled. Having said that it was NOT gassy at all and the chill on it was not really a problem with such a strong beer with massive flavours. At £3.20 in a lined goblet (no short measure here!) for a 10% beer you could hardly call it a rip off.

    BOTW Brodie's Big Mofo Stout on Keykeg.
    No controversy with me. Good beer is good beer. Unfortunately some in Camra think good beer is bad beer dependent on how it is served.

    Red Willow - Headless

    Amazing session beer, lovely hoppy fruit and bitter. I had this in 3 different places and all were spot on. Th Mark Addy and 2 Wetherpoons in Manchester.

    The Waterhouse (JD Wetherspoon)
    The Paramount (JD Wetherspoon)
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    Good week aided by some boating in Manchester with Mr Fastard:
    Vale VPA
    Cross Bay Zenith IPA
    Pheonix Hopsack
    Tod's Blonde
    Marble Lagonda IPA
    Marble Chocolate Reserve
    Oakham Bishops Farewell
    Oakham Carioca
    Purity Mad Goose
    Hook Norton Double Stout

    The VPA and Zenith IPA were good, the Double Stout and Mad Goose very good, the Bishops and Carioca excellent and the Lagonda IPA and Chocolate Reserve outstanding. BOTW was the incomparable Marble Lagonda IPA which also gets my Beer of a Lifetime award.

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    After a poor mid-week,
    Sheps Spitfire
    Wells and Young's Bombardier
    Courage Best and
    Sambrooks Wandle,
    The weekend was all Darkstar,
    American Pale Ale,
    Kiwi and
    Hophead,
    all worthy but purely on a rotation basis BOTW is-
    Darkstar Kiwi
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    I was apprehensive before walking into The Marble Arch,Manchester,could it possibly match up to my last visit over three years ago,would the house brews scales the heights reached before ?I needn't have worried,there was just pure quality on offer.Dobber,Chocolate Reserve and Magic (a 3.3% brown beer collaboration with Magic Rock packed full of hop flavour) slipped down, any of which would have won BOTW if sampled alone,but I have to agree with Mr Phat that Marble Lagonda IPA was the star of the show and the most worthy BOTW.
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    lots of good beers this week the pick of the bunch were
    ossett -ambler gambler
    green jack -viking strong ale
    anarchy -sublime chaos
    cromarty -happy chappie
    hop studios -pilsner
    brewwharf -cascadian pale
    tripple fff-elder skelter
    tyne bank -monument
    but the winner is
    Fyne -cloud burst

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    Crouch Vale-Brewers Gold. I'd heard about this beer for years, but hadn't tried it until this Tuesday. Some mention it in the same breath as DarkStar's Hophead: I'm not totally convinced,but it is a fine nettley golden ale, with a good East Anglian malty base.My BOTW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    Crouch Vale-Brewers Gold. I'd heard about this beer for years, but hadn't tried it until this Tuesday. Some mention it in the same breath as DarkStar's Hophead: I'm not totally convinced,but it is a fine nettley golden ale, with a good East Anglian malty base.My BOTW
    A good beer,a two time GBBF champion beer, but Hophead is better.
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."
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