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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 10th July 2016)

    london calling: Mad Cat Golden India Pale Ale
    Aqualung: Oakham Citra
    Wittenden: East London Brewery (ELB) Maya
    Bucking Fastard: Aylesbury Brewing Red Citra
    Mobyduck: Weird Beard Five O Clock Shadow
    Thuck Phat: Wild Weather Skadoosh DIPA
    aleandhearty: Fernandes Session IPA
    Real Ale Ray: Black Iris Kilpin
    gillhalfpint: Track Santium
    ROBCamra: Spire Dark
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    Was at the Ealing beer fest, the Aeronaught brewpub, the Dragonfly brewpub and Brewdog this week but little stood out.
    best two beers were from a new to me Kent brewery at Ealing and beer of the week was
    Mad Cat- golden india pale ale.

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    A short list disrupted by the JDW cider fest which started early in some outlets. As I've had 21 of the 30 it should be better next week and the following week.


    ELB Pale Ale 4.0%
    Redemption Rock The Kazbek 4.0%
    Titanic Iceberg 4.1%*
    Adnam's Juniper Saison 4.1%
    Oakham Citra 4.2%*
    Truman's Lazarus 4.2%
    Dancing Duck Dark Drake 4.5%*
    Moorhouse Blond Witch 4.5%
    Acorn Hoptathlon 4.5%
    Titanic Plum Porter 4.9%*
    Bingham Hot Dog Stout 5.0%*
    Fuggle Bunny Russian Rare-Bit 5.0%
    Brewster's Rutterkin 5.0%
    Prescott Grand Prix 5.0%
    Banks's Alpha 5 Pale Ale 5.0%*


    All of the above had some merit although the Prescott one was probably the dullest. I was pleased that the Titanic Iceberg was as good as I remembered unlike their White Star. The award must go to the Oakham Citra as tried in the Wellington in Brum. It really was outstanding. I noticed on the way out that there was an empty 18 of it so I guess it's a permanent one and they sell shed loads of it.

    Spoons cider of the week is the Garden Vintage which surprisingly is from Surrey.
    Many are way too sweet especially the perry and the low ABV ones which I suspect are just standard ciders watered down with sweet fruit juice.

    BOTW Oakham Citra

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    Kent again.
    East London Brewery (ELB)-Maya 2.8%abv. A session pale ale.Fashionably hazy.Grassy, summer fruit. Very complex for the low ABV.Incredibly moreish. Only the second 5star rating given this year.(The other being Kent Brewery's Session Pale Ale-both taken at Black Dog)
    Westerham-Grasshopper 2.8%abv.In good nick.Brown and malty with peppery hops.
    My BOTW-ELB's Maya.
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    A monster week along the full length of the Kennet & Avon.

    Box Steam -- Soul Train
    Box Steam -- Summer Buzz
    Ringwood -- Boon Doggle
    Cheddar Ales -- Potholer
    Arbor -- Hoploader * (3PT)
    Oakham -- Green Devil IPA (keg)
    Wadworth -- Swordfish
    Wadworth -- Horizon
    Arbor -- Summitt IPA*
    Stonehenge --Eye Opener
    Honey Street Brewery -- Croppie
    Honey Street Brewery -- 1810 *
    Hop Back -- Yakima Blonde *
    Hop Back -- Groovy Moover *
    Worlds End -- Artic Blonde
    Tring -- Pale + Four * (3PT)
    Kennet & Avon -- Dundas *
    Animal -- Roadrunner
    Vibrant Forest -- Oat & Coffee Stout *
    Aylesbury Brewing -- Red Citra * (3PT)
    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord *
    Fullers -- Olivers Island
    Wild Weather -- Skadoosh DPA *
    Animal -- Manta Rey
    Gadds -- Summers Day *(3PT)
    Dancing Duck -- Ginger Ninja
    Binghams -- Williamette Extra Pale Ale *
    Mallinsons -- New World Pale *
    Hopcraft -- New Dawn Folds *
    Tempest Brewing -- White Light *
    Siren Craft -- Tidal Wave *

    Almost impossible to chose BOTW and the last four mentioned were all excellent in the Nags Head,Reading,but by a very short nose BOTW goes to Aylesbury Brewing Red Citra on top form in The John O' Gaunt,Hungerford .Great beer ,great pub.
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    Dark Star Hophead
    Vocation Heart And Soul*
    Hop Back Hop Medley*
    Adnams Mosaic*
    Oakham Citra*
    West Berks Good Old Boy
    Zero Degrees IPL
    Bridgestone Smoked Porter
    Brakespeare Bitter
    Fyne Ales Jarl*
    Oakleaf Whole Hearted
    Indiginous Double Warp
    Weird Beard Five O Clock Shadow*
    Windsor And Eton Pepper Tree
    Hopcraft Gallows Tree
    Siren Pompemocello*
    Siren Tidal Wave*

    Some good beers last week and the front runners were both the Siren beers enjoyed in The Nags Head Reading but by a whisker Weird Beard Five O Clock Shadow at 7.0% takes the prize, very much enjoyed in The Greyfriar in the good company of PUG's boating fraternity.
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    Some great beers enjoyed in excellent company, including some estimable members of this parish, this week:

    Wadworths 6X
    Arbor Summit IPA*
    Stonehenge Eye Opener
    Kronenberg 1664
    Honeystreet Croppie
    Honeystreet Cider Company Area 51*
    Hop Back Yakima Blonde*
    Hop Back Groovy Mover*
    Kennet & Avon Dundas Bitter*
    World's End Arctic Blonde
    Tring Pale + Four*
    Animal Brewing Roadrunner
    XT15*
    Vibrant Forest Oat & Coffee Stout*
    Aylesbury Brewing Company Red Citra*
    Blackwolf ROK
    TT Landlord*
    Fullers Wild River (keg)
    Wild Weather Skadoosh DIPA*
    Animal Manta Ray
    Gadds Summer's Day*
    Dancing Duck Wot The Duck
    Binghams Williamette
    Hopcraft New Dawn Fades*
    Tempest White Light*
    Siren Craft Tidal Wave*
    Bad Seed White Stout*
    Blue Monkey Simian Summer*
    Blue Monkey Ape Ale*

    A very tricky choice with all starred genuine contenders.
    BOTW Wild Weather Skadoosh DIPA. A surprisingly drinkable 11% DIPA which invites a second for the brave.

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    Reasonable week for me, with quite a few new beers tried.

    Fernandes - Session IPA.*
    Fernandes - Simcoe.
    Fernandess - Malt Shovel Mild.*
    North Riding - Mosaic Pale.*
    Slaters - Premium.
    Rat - Mother Rat.*
    Wimbledon - Tower.
    First Chop - Sun.
    Yates - Bitter.
    Great Heck - Voodoo Mild.*
    Great Heck - Yakima IPA.
    Liverpool Organic - Honey Blonde.
    Great Heck - Christopher.*
    Fernandes - Morse.
    XT - 3.

    My favourite was the Session IPA, actually more of an APA. Lots of aroma and flavour for a 3.8% beer. Did exactly what it said on the tin. A special mention for the First Chop Sun, which is the worst beer I've had in ages. Not off, but with a really synthetic, unpleasant taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    A monster week along the full length of the Kennet & Avon.

    Box Steam -- Soul Train
    Box Steam -- Summer Buzz
    Ringwood -- Boon Doggle
    Cheddar Ales -- Potholer
    Arbor -- Hoploader * (3PT)
    Oakham -- Green Devil IPA (keg)
    Wadworth -- Swordfish
    Wadworth -- Horizon
    Arbor -- Summitt IPA*
    Stonehenge --Eye Opener
    Honey Street Brewery -- Croppie
    Honey Street Brewery -- 1810 *
    Hop Back -- Yakima Blonde *
    Hop Back -- Groovy Moover *
    Worlds End -- Artic Blonde
    Tring -- Pale + Four * (3PT)
    Kennet & Avon -- Dundas *
    Animal -- Roadrunner
    Vibrant Forest -- Oat & Coffee Stout *
    Aylesbury Brewing -- Red Citra * (3PT)
    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord *
    Fullers -- Olivers Island
    Wild Weather -- Skadoosh DPA *
    Animal -- Manta Rey
    Gadds -- Summers Day *(3PT)
    Dancing Duck -- Ginger Ninja
    Binghams -- Williamette Extra Pale Ale *
    Mallinsons -- New World Pale *
    Hopcraft -- New Dawn Folds *
    Tempest Brewing -- White Light *
    Siren Craft -- Tidal Wave *

    Almost impossible to chose BOTW and the last four mentioned were all excellent in the Nags Head,Reading,but by a very short nose BOTW goes to Aylesbury Brewing Red Citra on top form in The John O' Gaunt,Hungerford .Great beer ,great pub.
    As I read your list I could see by the brewers the route you travelled.cheers

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    Black Iris Brewery (Nottingham) - Kilpin sampled here The Herbert Kilpin
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