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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 9th November 2014)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 9th November 2014)

    sheffield hatter: Blackjack Odd Autumn
    Real Ale Ray: Bowland Headless Peg
    Mobyduck: Dark Star American Pale Ale
    Aqualung: Roosters Union Gap
    hondo: Redemption Rock The Kazbek
    Wittenden: Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
    Bucking Fastard: Blue Monkey Orang-a-tang
    aleandhearty: Tigertops Long Beach IPA
    Thuck Phat: Blue Monkey Infinity
    ROBCamra: Fuggle Bunny Russian Rare-Bit Imperial Black Stout
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 14-11-2014 at 14:10.
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    Another good one this week from Blackjack Beers: Odd Autumn 4.1% in The York in Sheffield. Rather like the same brewery's Flyer Best, sampled in the Bath Hotel, this beer grew from an unpromising beginning to a surprising complexity, with good malty flavours and an increasingly bitter finish. It's one of those bitters that lingers in the mouth after the beer has gone, unlike some of the American and New Zealand hopped beers, that seem to punch you in the nose before grabbing your tongue and giving it a good twist. Odd Autumn has the look and initial taste of what some might term a "boring" brown bitter, but its balance, complexity and lingering bitterness in the finish make it anything but boring in my opinion. Very nice!
    Come On You Hatters!

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    Bowland - Headless Peg

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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    Nothing really to list
    BOTW Darkstar American Pale Ale
    Next week will provide much more variety, following the visit to Bristol.
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    Apart from the Elgood's mild it's all Spoons fest ales for me.

    Elgood's Black Dog Mild 3.6%
    Everard's Village Elder 3.8%
    Rooster's Union Gap 4.3%*
    Tring Hazy Hoedown 4.4%
    Thwaites Hobnobber 4.7%
    Marston's Ligera 4.8%
    Long Man Golden Tipple 5.0%
    Mordue Americana 5.0%*
    Titanic Hop Abroad 5.0%
    Wadworth Heather and Honey 5.0%
    Banks's Sixpoint Brooklyn Bitter 5.5%*
    Bateman's Wicked Weed Freak Of Nature 7.5%*

    I'll go for the Rooster's Union Gap, a pale beer with abundant New World Hops. It's also
    easily the best of the few Rooster's beers I've tried.

    BOTW Rooster's Union Gap
    Last edited by Aqualung; 09-11-2014 at 19:17.

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    redemption brewery - rock the kazbek
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    Some new breweries this week
    loch ness -inverness good pale and hoppy
    mantle - moho good pale and hoppy
    true north -true pale ale good pale and hoppy
    uprising -west coast ipa hoppy but to much crystal malt for me
    also couple of newish breweries
    orbit -ivo hazy hopped up lager but good
    inkspot -west coast ipa very good but with an English hop flavour rather than American

    not new
    bexar county-sacred -very good stout/porter

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    Goacher's in the rain
    Goody Ales-Bleangate Brewery:Good Heavens 4.1%abv-Bit too malt led: never thought I'd write that...
    Harveys:Sussex xxxx Old Ale 4.3% abv-Lovely dark 'un. Plums and liquorice. Long dry finish.
    Goacher's:Fine Light Ale 3.7%abv-Pale and crisp with that underlying earthiness I love. Inspite of this encomium I won't nominate FLA, as it wasn't taken in a pub but at a friend's 60th.bonfire party.
    My BOTW-Harvey's Sussex xxxx Old Ale.
    "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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    Great week topped off with some boating on deserted waterways in Leicestershire.

    Evan Evans --Artisan Cluster Nut
    Harviestoun -- Old Engine Oil
    Elysian Night Owl -- Pumpkin Ale
    Blue Monkey -- Scarlet Chimpernel *
    Blue Monkey -- Orang-a-tang *
    Blue Monkey -- Fat Ape *
    Blue Monkey -- Infinity *
    Caledonian -- Trojan Horse
    Brunswick -- Black Sabbath *
    Oakham -- Scarlet Macaw *
    Oakham -- Green Devil IPA *
    Thomas Guest -- Cobbler
    Siren -- Undercurrent
    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord * (3PT)
    Everards -- Tiger Triple Gold

    All the Blue Monkey ales were outstanding and BOTW goes to Blue Monkey Orang-a-tang with destinct seville orange and finely balanced bitterness,another higher ABV winner from these guys.Sampled in the Organ Grinder,Loughborough.

    Next week should be large,bring on Bristol.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    I'm not normally one for larger beer festivals, but a spontaneous visit to the Wakefield festival over the weekend turned up some real gems. The theme was Scottish and Welsh breweries (plus the city's own), so it was satisfying to come across some rarer offerings.

    Brecon Brewing - Three Beacons.
    Bad Seed - Oatmeal Stout.*
    Cerddin - Cwrw Tri.
    Otley - Los Angeles.*
    Top Out - Cone IPA*
    Chantry Brewery - Diamond Black.*
    Five Towns - Raven King Porter.
    Five Towns - Grounds for Divorce.
    Tigertops - Long Beach IPA.*
    Tigertops - Hopauria.*
    Sky's Edge - Hop Monster.*
    Great Heck - Voodoo Mild.*
    Rat - White Rat.*

    Some stunning beers amongst that lot. Los Angeles was an impressive American red ale and easily the best thing I've had from Otley. The Cone IPA was double dry hopped with American varieties and was wonderfully intense. However, the winner was much closer to home. The Axeman cometh, once again. The Long Beach was an IPA made with Orval yeast and the flavours were outstanding for 4.4%. Just beautiful.
    '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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