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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 29th November 2015)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 29th November 2015)

    Thuck Phat: Salopian Hollybush
    Bucking Fastard: Blue Monkey Infinity +1
    Wittenden: Whitstable Native Bitter
    Mobyduck: Vibrant Forest Cydonia
    Aqualung: Dark Star American Pale Ale
    london calling: Dark Star Hophead
    oldboots: Rudgate Ruby Mild
    aleandhearty: Rat/Deva E-RAT-ification
    ROBCamra: Geeves Rococo Chocolate Mild
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 09-12-2015 at 15:08.
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    BOTW Salopian Hollybush
    A seasonal ale worth seeking out. Deep ruby and 5.5% sounds like a typical winter warmer where one is enough. Not this one, a lightness of touch and a bitter finish make it very moreish. Clever and deeply drinkable.

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    A very good week on the ale front.

    Surrey Hills -- Shere Drop *
    Surrey Hills -- Greensand IPA *
    Church End -- Arthur's Wit *
    Adnams -- Old Ale
    Tring -- Cat's Tail
    Blue Monkey -- Infinity +1 *
    Blue Monkey -- 99 Red Baboons *
    Anarchy -- Crime Scene
    Anarchy -- Blonde Star
    Blue Monkey -- Right Turn Clyde
    Blue Monkey -- Guerilla *
    Oakham -- Citra *
    Oakham -- Tranquility IPA *
    Wychwood -- Hobgoblin

    Both Oakham's were great but BOTW goes to Blue Monkey Infinity +1 ,outstanding brew on top form in Craft Beer Co.,Angel. There was some weaving down the Pentonville Road afterwards.

    Quiet week ahead before the pre Christmas onslaught.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    "Brewed up the road..."
    Whitstable Native Bitter 3.7%abv :Earthy, spicy, toffee, brown;what I look for in bitter. Taken here:The Rose and Crown
    "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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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    A restrained week, staying in mid week rather than straight down the boozer after work, so for comfort have tried a couple or three "craft bottles at home, I'm not normally a home or bottle drinker to any great extent , but what I had were excellent, did have a couple of trips down the pub though.
    Brewdog Punk IPA*(bottle)
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale* (bottle)
    Laguanitas IPA*(bottle)
    Darkstar Hophead*(handpull)
    Firebird Pacific Gem* (handpull)
    Vibrant Forest Simcoe* (Gravity)
    Vibrant Forest Flying Saucer* (Gravity)
    Vibrant Forest Cydonia* (Gravity)

    Any of the bottles were easily BOTW material but I try to keep it to pub brought beers where possible and this week all beers were very good and for the second week in a row its a Vibrant Forest beer that wins the day ,this time its Cydonia
    A trip up to London Town next Saturday should up the ante further.
    Last edited by Mobyduck; 30-11-2015 at 21:06.
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    A quiet week compared to last with the only excursion being a highly disappointing flying visit to Henley, a place that was Mecca way back :-

    Brakspear's Bitter 3.4%
    Dark Star Hophead 3.8%*
    Milestone Comet 4.2%
    Brakspear's Special 4.3%
    Sambrook's Junction 4.5%
    Titanic Eight Bells 4.5%
    Adnam's Ghost Ship 4.5%*
    Bingham's Old Ale 4.5%
    Bingham's Minstrel 4.5%
    Dark Star American Pale Ale 4.7%*
    Adnam's Wild Hop 4.8%*
    Bingham's Space Hoppy IPA 5.0%*
    Itchen Valley Russian Winter 5.3%*

    Unsurprisingly the front runners are the two Dark Star beers both in Spoons. The Hophead was on offer for the very first time in my local one for £2.25 and the APA was in great nick in the N8 Tollgate for £2.40. The beer quality in here has been very variable over the last few years but on Saturday on the way back from the new one at Muswell Hill it was superb.
    It's the "Quest For The Black Country Winter Ales" next Saturday with just one single new pub on the list. Do I care? No, I can't wait!

    BOTW Dark Star American Pale Ale
    Last edited by Aqualung; 30-11-2015 at 21:43.

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    Lots of wishy washy beers this week and only two worth a mention
    fullers -London porter (bottled) was as usual very good but I don't go to pubs to drink bottled beer.£4.20
    darkstar -hophead was superb and only £2.45 a pint in Mcspoons

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    Another quiet week, only enlivened by a trip to York,

    Rudgate Ruby Mild

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    Bit late on parade, this week. A decent number tried, but not too many to set the heart racing, for one reason, or another.

    Acorn - Freebird.
    Rudgate - Vanilla Mild.*
    Tiny Rebel - One Inch Punch.*
    Fernandes - Rum for Cover.
    Riverhead - Wessenden Wheat.
    Rat/Deva - E-RAT-ification.*
    Great Heck - Chopper.
    First Chop - Cha.
    Great Heck - Simcoe.
    Grey Hawk - Dark Desert Highway.
    Geeves - Topaz.
    Empire - Indiana.
    Bridestones - Dark Ginger.*
    Small World - Thunderbridge Stout.
    Small World - Twin Falls.
    Great Heck - Treason Stout.
    Fernandes - Hophead Pixie.

    Once again, another Rat beer is BOTW, albeit a collaboration. E-RAT-ification was a very moreish, hoppy red ale and four pints slid down like mothers' milk.
    '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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    BOTW is Geeves Rococo Chocolate Mild 3.6%.

    Just like milds used to be. Dark, creamy and with just a hint of chocolate.

    Tried in The Baum of course.

    An honourary mention must go to Scarborough Transmission Pale. A 3.9% light, hoppy session ale.
    Also from The Baum, both ordered by yours truly.
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