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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 19th January 2014)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 19th January 2014)

    Mobyduck: Dark Star Hophead Simcoe
    london calling: J.W. Lees Manchester Star
    Aqualung: Brodie's Hoxton Special IPA
    Bucking Fastard: London Fields Shoreditch Triangle IPA
    Real Ale Ray: Cross Bay Halo
    Thuck Phat: Elland Nettle Thrasher
    hondo: Williams Brothers New Beginnings
    aleandhearty: Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale
    Wittenden: Old Dairy Black Bull Porter
    oldboots: Orkney IPA
    ROBCamra: Holden's Into The Dragon
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 27-01-2014 at 10:26.
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    My choice is already made up, only three different beers this week
    Triple fff Pressed Rat And Warthog
    Triple fff Altons Pride
    Darkstar Hophead Simcoe

    The first two were decent enough ,but the Hophead variation was and still is excellent, will be drinking more of this tomorrow .
    BOTW Darkstar Hophead Simcoe
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    Had some great beers this week
    jw lees -Manchester star (bottle)
    meantime -black ipa(bottle)
    millis -Gravesend guzzler (great use of English hops)
    adnams -righteous ale (great use of malt and American hops)
    arbor-Tasmanian devil (wow aussie/newzealand hops)
    it was going to be Arbor but the W J Lees (not a brewery I rate highly ) absolutely nailed it with this beer

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    There are plenty of contenders this week marked * :-

    Brodie's Mild 3.6%*
    The Cronx Standard 3.8%
    Conwy Infusion 3.9%*
    Truman's Runner 4.0%
    Moorhouse Pride of Pendle 4.1%
    London Fields Black Path Porter 4.2%*
    Long Man Sussex Pride 4.4%*
    Clarence & Frederick's Special 4.6%
    Laine's Porter 4.6%
    Truman's Attaboy 4.6%*
    Belleville Battersea Brownstone 4.8%
    Tap East Sixpence Stout 5.0%*
    By The Horns The Captain 5.0%
    Hopcraft Citra Plus 5.4%*
    Brodie's Chinook Black Coffee 6.0%
    Brodie's Kentish Town Brown 6.2%*
    Adnam's / Sixpoint Righteous Ale 6.3%
    Brodie's Hoxton Special IPA 6.6%*
    Portobello Apache IPA 7.0%*
    Titanic Wreckage 7.2%

    To be fair ALL of the above were good but the two really outstanding ones were the Hoxton Special and Hopcraft Citra Plus. The Hoxton Special making a rare appearance on cask wins it (£2.50 in the Leyton King William IV). The best value pint was the Portobello Apache which was on sale for £1.99 in the Brockley Barge!

    BOTW Brodie's Hoxton Special IPA

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    Not much drinking this week

    Adnams -- Southwold Bitter
    London Fields -- Shoreditch Triangle IPA
    Dark Star -- Hophead.

    BOTW goes to London Fields Shoreditch Triangle IPA,a wonderful 6% rich and complex IPA,subtle and not overhopped .It just disappeared despite the poke in The George,Croydon at the tail end of the 'spoons London brewery festival.Thanks Aqualung for the steer towards this brewery,plans now underway for a visit to their Tap Room.

    Next week looks just as quiet
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Cross Bay - Halo

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    Williams Brothers - New Beginnings
    "Do I know where hell is? hell is in hello"

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    Just two contenders:
    Elland Nettle Thrasher
    Oakham Bishops Farewell

    The Bishops was on spectacular form but it will get its chance in 2014 so BOTW was Elland Nettle Thrasher. At 4.4% this looks like boring brown beer. It isn't. It's a complex number brewed using 6 different malts and various English hops apparently. I don't know about that but it does have a delightfully bitter finish which demands a second.

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    This week's entire consumption was in the pleasurable company of 'trainman' and his South London posse, on Saturday. A peripatetic day saw us drinking in Dewsbury, Mirfield, Wakefield and particularly Huddersfield, where the beers were especially good.

    Caledonian - Flying Scotsman.
    Great Heck - 20 Year Pale Ale.
    Summer Wine Brewery - Teleporter.
    Magic Rock - Ringmaster. ('Curious' as was)
    Pictish - Wakatu.
    Buxton - SPA.
    Magic Rock - Dark Arts.
    Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale. 10%
    Saltaire - Elderflower Blonde.
    Buntingford - Twitchell.
    Rat - White Rat.
    Mallinsons - Topaz.
    Salamander - Black Eyed Weasel.
    Thwaites - Nutty Black.
    Jarrow - Rivet Catcher.
    Golcar - Ruddy Duck.
    Alchemy - Citra Burst.
    Fernandes - Bullet IPA.
    Elland Karma Citra.
    Oakleaf - Stokers Stout.
    Rat - King Rat.

    Some great beers in there, but the Thomas Sykes blew me away. Admittedly, it's a real Marmite beer, two of our group absolutely hated it. However, I really loved that raisiny, sherry tartness. It went brilliantly with the home made olive breadsticks I was eating in The Grove (Huddersfield) at the time. Almost like being in a tapas bar!
    'And where he supped the past lived still. And where he sipped the glass brimmed full' John Barleycorn, Carol Ann Duffy.

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    First pub visit of the year, and beer in so-so condition.
    Old Dairy Gold Top 4.3% Not at its best. Pinched.
    Greene King Abbot Ale 5% Really for old time's sake. I like a malt forward beer, but really.
    Best of the bottles and by default BOTW: Old Dairy Black Bull Porter, a stonking dark roast at 4.9%.
    "At that moment I would have given a kingdom, not for champagne or hock and soda, or hot coffee but for a glass of beer" Marquess Curzon of Kedlestone, Viceroy of India.

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