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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 8th November 2015)

    Wittenden: Romney Marsh Cinque Porter
    Thuck Phat: Marks and Spencer Double Hopped Citra IPA
    Real Ale Ray: Wishbone Bandit
    london calling: Dark Star Green Hop IPA
    Mobyduck: Castle Milk Stout
    Aqualung: Oakham Citra
    aleandhearty: Great Heck Washington Red
    Bucking Fastard: DBC Jurrasic
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    A visit to the dentist put paid to my planned pub going this week: one bottled beer put up a fight against the cloves and malt whisky-Cinque Porter, a cracking 4.5%er from the fairly new Romney Marsh Brewery of New Romney. Easily the best beer I've had from them:looking forward to trying it from the cask.
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    Quiet week for so it's a pick from bottles as well.

    BOTW Marks and Spencer Double Hopped Citra IPA (bottle). A very good 5.9% IPA which, unsurprisingly, bears more than a passing resemblance to Oakham Citra Green Devil IPA as it's brewed by Oakham.

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    Wishbone - Bandit

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    I could nominate
    abbeydale -marshmallow meltdown
    or
    cloudwater -red ale

    or
    blue bee -5 hop pale
    or definitely
    Brightside -gridlock
    but again
    Darkstar -greenhop ipa wins the BOTW.

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    Pretty quiet for me as well,
    Darkstar Hophead 3.8%
    Darkstar APA 4.7%
    Castle Milk Stout 6.0% (bottle)
    Mash Mash Pale 3.8%
    Oakham JHB 3.8%

    All the beers were in decent condition, BOTW is the Castle Milk Stout, quite a surprise as I don't often drink at home and prefer cask to bottle, but this proved to be very good. The Mash Pale was the only other new beer to me, an acquired taste I would say, initially very sharp tasting and it took over half a pint for me to begin to acquire said taste, but once I did it was very hoppy in a lemony sort of way, so a good albeit restrained week.
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    A few hours in Rugby and a mainly Spoons rampage from Lincoln to Peterborough provided a decent list :-

    Brewster's Hophead 3.6%*
    Byatt's Coventry Bitter 3.8%
    Great Orme Ghost Train 4.0%
    Abbeydale Deception 4.1%
    Oakham Citra 4.2%*
    Rudgate Battleaxe 4.2%
    Long Man Old Man 4.3%*
    Oakham Owl and the Pussycat 4.5%
    Wychwood Nordic Noir 4.5%
    Wood's Ebony Stout 4.5%
    Tring Moloko 4.5%*
    Wickwar Wessex Witchcraft 4.6%
    Green Jack Rising Sun 4.8%*
    Hook Norton Fat Head's Yakima Sun 5.0%*
    Wadworth Cooper's Vice 5.0%
    Austendyke Hogsgate 5.0%
    Greene King Abbot 5.0%
    Moorhouse Pendle Witches Brew 5.1%
    Rooster's Nectar 5.2%*
    Grainstore Rutland Beast 5.3%
    8 Sail John Barleycorn IPA 5.5%*
    Wychwood King Goblin 6.0%*

    The King Goblin star may be a red herring as it was tasted after a pint of Abbot. I'd been told by the local Wild Card brewery people that Brewster's Hophead was outstanding and on this occasion it was. I would almost go as far as saying it rivals the better known beer of that name but perhaps not.
    However this week's winner is one I've tried a few times before (not just in Spoons) and it hasn't lived up to the reputation from these columns alone. It's Oakham Citra as tried for a pleasing £2.60 at the Oakham Brewery Tap, a place to which I definitely plan a return visit. If I'd known my train was over 20 minutes late I would have also tried the Bishop's Farewell.

    BOTW Oakham Citra

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    Better than average week for me.

    Acorn - Old Moor Porter.*
    Great Heck - Citra.*
    Fyne - Jarl.*
    Rat - Rat to the Future.
    Fernandes - Challenger.
    Fernandes - Sorachi Ace.
    Rat - Gunpowder Rat.
    Five Towns - Lost Hope.*
    Town House - Bramling Cross.
    Five Towns - Nowt.
    Exit 33 - Citra Smash.*
    Great Heck - Voodoo Mild.*
    Great Heck - Washington Red.*
    Roosters - Yankee.
    Fernandes - Golden Arrow.
    Rat - Rat out of Hell.
    Mallinsons - Brewers Calypso.

    Loved all the Great Heck beers, but the Red, brewed with Simcoe and Columbus and dry hopped with Citra, really hit the spot.
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    Late submission for an indifferent week.


    Ringwood -- Best Bitter
    Ringwood -- Filly Drift
    Wriggle Valley -- Valley Gold
    Yeovil -- Lynx Wildcat
    Dorset Brewing Co -- Jurrasic *
    Isle of Purbeck -- Studland Bay Wrecked

    BOTW goes to DBC Jurrasic in decent shape at The Acorn Inn,Evershot.
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    Vocation Life & Death, a 6.5% IPA. Quite possibly a contender for a&h's f**king brillant category on another thread.

    Tried in The Baum of course.
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