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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 15th May 2016)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 15th May 2016)

    Real Ale Ray: Blue Monkey British Ape
    Mobyduck: Surrey Hills Greensand IPA
    Aqualung: Cairngorm Black Gold
    Wittenden: Tonbridge Union Pale
    hondo: Tapped Brew Co Rodeo
    Thuck Phat: Hop Back Summer Lightening
    aleandhearty: Salopian Monkey Business
    Bucking Fastard: Yeovil Crown Imperial
    Komakino: Arbor Motueka
    london calling: Alecraft Night On The Tiles
    ROBCamra: Thornbridge Black Harry
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 24-05-2016 at 13:14.
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    Blue Monkey - British Ape
    'I only drink on two occasions, when I'm thirsty and when I'm not'
    Brendan Behan

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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    As predicted a rather threadbare week.

    Darkstar Hophead
    Hammerpot Pale Ale
    Hammerpot Mosaic Pale
    Triple fff Alton's Pride
    Surrey Hills Greensand IPA
    St Austell Tribute

    Both Hammerpot beers were surprisingly quite decent and very clean drinking, not a brewery I have rated in the past,
    however BOTW is Surrey Hills Greensand IPA
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    A week with plenty of good ales but nothing outstanding.

    Sadler's Peaky Blinder Gold 4.3%
    Backyard Gold 4.3%
    Cairngorm Black Gold 4.4%*
    Redemption Urban Dusk 4.6%
    Maxim Double Maxim 4.7%
    Caledonian Ithaca Nut Brown 5.0%
    Long Man Golden Tipple 5.0%
    Greene King Abbot Ale 5.0%
    Springhead Willy's Wheatbeer 5.2%*
    Everards Original 5.2%*
    Grainstore Rutland Beast 5.3%*
    Sadler's Red IPA 5.7%*
    Dark Star Revelation (keg) 5.7%
    Magic Rock Dark Arts 6.0%*
    Greene King Abbot Reserve 6.5%

    I'm going for the Cairngorm Black Gold at my local Spoons which was £2.19 a pint. Scottish brewing has recovered enormously from the complete disaster it was 30 or 40 years ago. It's a dark beer, probably a mid ABV porter and it was really tasty. The Sadler's Red IPA runs it close but the Magic Rock Dark Arts doesn't as the £5 price tag left a sour taste in my mouth.

    BOTW Cairngorm Black Gold
    Last edited by Aqualung; 16-05-2016 at 08:35.

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    Tonbridge-Union Pale 4.7%abv.Chestnut colour,assertively hopped, with a welcome earthiness that I associate with Tonbridge beers.
    "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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    Tapped Brew Co - Rodeo
    "Do I know where hell is? hell is in hello"

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    BOTW Hop Back Summer Lightening

    Perhaps it feels a bit old fashioned alongside some of today's beers but, kept well, it is an excellent pint. An oldie but a goldie.

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    Good week for me, in fact the best I've had for a while.

    Fernandes - Jackdaw Mild.
    Fernandes - Centaur.*
    Salamander - Ashes to Ashes.
    Acorn - Cambium.
    Bradford - Hockney Pale.*
    Yorkshire BC - Waverider.
    Revolutions - Manifesto Stout.*
    Blue Bee - Ginger Beer.*
    Adnams - Ghost Ship.*
    Blackjack - Archer.*
    Salopian - Monkey Business.
    Ilkley - Rombold.
    Great Heck - Christopher.*
    Revolutions - Clash London Porter.
    Ossett - Maypole.*
    Fernandes - Polaris.
    Great Heck - Dave.

    Some fine beers amongst that lot and many on great form. However, the one that blew me away was the Monkey Business. Wonderful aroma and beautiful flavours from the Galaxy hops.
    '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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    As predicted a poor week .
    Several 660cl bottles of BrewDog Punk IPA but only one ale which by default was BOTW

    Yeovil Crown Imperial,decently hopped and refreshing on a hot day at The Chetnole Inn.

    Next week boating through Evesham and Worcester ,the latter normally very good for ale choice but I suspect the main sessions will be on Saturday in The Euston Tap both before and after a certain footie match.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Good week, with a visit to Cheltenham on Friday and a few more Banbury surrounds yesterday:

    XT Pi (3.141%)
    Hook Norton Hooky (3.5%)
    Wolf Golden Jackal (3.7%)
    Arbor Motueka (3.8%) BOTW
    Butcombe Rare Breed (3.8%)
    Elgood's Cambridge Bitter (3.8%)
    Ringwood Best Bitter (3.8%)
    St Austell Trelawny (3.8%)
    XT 4 (3.8%)
    Bude Porthbud (4.0%)
    Donnington Cotswold Gold (4.0%)
    HB Clark Merrie City Cascadian (4.0%)
    Otter Amber Bitter (4.0%)
    Wickwar BOB (4.0%)
    Derby Brewing Co. Triple Hop (4.1%)
    CW Young's Blonde (4.2%)
    GK Purple Reign (4.2%)
    Island Yachtsman's Ale (4.2%)
    Red Squirrel Redtail Citra (4.2%)
    Wye Valley HPA (4.2%)
    Beer Studio Dark Odyssey (4.4%)
    Hook Norton Amarillo (4.7%)
    Adnams Sorachi Saison (6.0%) (bottled)

    The Arbor just shaded the Beer Studio offering: an easy-drinking, not too overly hoppy pale session ale, as sampled in The Strand in Cheltenham.
    Last edited by Komakino; 17-05-2016 at 19:04. Reason: Spelt 'Trelawny' wrong originally. Devil's in the detail...
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