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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 25th May 2014)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 25th May 2014)

    Real Ale Ray: Moor Beer Merlin's Magic
    Mobyduck: Dark Star Hophead
    Aqualung: Adnams Publican Hoppy Ale
    Bucking Fastard: Sharp's Doom Bar
    Thuck Phat: Oakham Gangsta
    london calling: Alpha State Smoked Saison
    hondo: Orkney Nimbus
    aleandhearty: Fernandes Hopmaster
    Wittenden: Tonbridge Coppernob
    ROBCamra: Brightside Odin
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 04-06-2014 at 11:12.
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    Moor Beer Company - Merlin's Magic

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    A poor week, only been to one pub all week (but many times), only two beers tried,
    Darkstar Hophead
    Weltons Blackcurrant Mild
    The mild was good but wouldn't want more than a couple.
    The Hophead started average but ended up very good,
    So on that basis, BOTW is Darkstar Hophead.
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    A fairly average week for me :-

    Banks's Mild 3.5%
    Brewster's Hophead 3.6%
    Stonehenge Pigswill 4.0%
    Brewster's Aromantica 4.2%
    Colchester Red Diesel 4.2%
    Sambrook's Junction 4.5%
    Titanic White Star 4.8%
    Wild Card Queen Of Diamonds IPA 5.0%
    Stonehenge Danish Dynamite 5.0%
    Hopcraft Citraic 5.2%
    Everard's Original 5.2%
    Adnam's Publican Hoppy Ale 5.5%
    Growler Essex Beast 6.2%

    The winner has to be the Spoons latest American ale Adnam's Publican Hoppy Ale. What the difference is between this and an IPA or APA is unclear. It was in great nick at the E4 King's Ford at £2.35.

    BOTW Adnam's Publican Hoppy Ale

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    Only went to one pub and that was for something to eat,so by default BOTW is

    Sharp's --Doom Bar

    Next week includes a trip to The Harp for a proper session.
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    Just the one pub for me as well, three beers though and all very good.

    Oakham Bishops Farewell
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    Oakham Gangsta

    BOTW Oakham Gangsta. A balance of Oakham's signature bitterness with a malty start. Whistled through the 3 pint test with consumption accelerating noticeably as it did so.

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    Went to beer fest at the Red Lion Isleworth and had 4 dud beers so left and went to the Hope beer fest Carshalton.This was a lot better.
    arbor -breakfast ipa was v good
    but BOTW was
    Alpha State-smoked saison
    had 4 beers from this brewer and all have been v good.

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    Orkney Brewery - Nimbus
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    Pretty average sort of week, for me.

    Rat - White Rat.*
    Oakham - JHB.*
    Mallinsons - Amarillo.
    Ilkley - Lotus IPA.
    Burton Bridge - Damson Porter.
    Two Roses - Mosaic.
    Five Towns - Grand Depart.*
    4Ts - Stacked.
    Studland Bay - Wrecked.
    Stamps - The Russian.
    Lymestone - Stonecutter.
    Empire - Crusader.
    Privateer - Dainty Blonde.
    Brecon Brewing - Dark Beacons MILD.
    Bosun's - Buxom Blonde.
    Fernandes - Hopmaster.*
    Empire - Robohop.

    Some pretty dull beers amongst that lot and one or two not quite at their best. One thing that's a little concerning is the apparent nosedive in quality of the Lotus IPA. Last couple of times I've tried it, it's been barely recognisable as the same beer, with the flavours very muted. Anybody else noticed this?

    The Hopmaster was the easy winner this week.
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    Better week, in the current drought, but I must learn that I can no longer manage four pints of an evening...
    Tonbridge-Coppernob 3.8%abv: Old school,like I remember beer to have been when I first started drinking, but probably wasn't. Good.
    Kent Brewery-Cobnut 4.1%abv.Dark and dry, autumnal.Quite liked this one:have found KB beers difficult to love.
    My botw-Tonbridge Coppernob.
    "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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