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Wychwood – Snake’s Bite

Hello all,

Today I bring you my first, shall I say, hybrid beer. A unique offering from the Legendary Wychwood Brewery (, a mix between Lager and Cider, this one certainly intrigues.

Beer: Snake’s Bite

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood Snake's bite - England - very smooth ale with very sweet apple notes married with light cereal beer notes very odd fruit beer confusing medium low carbonation - 4o2 abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth cider / beer combination. However, it is very sweet. Strong apple notes are blended with light cereal hops and bitterness. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.2%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This is an odd one. It’s beer.. but.. but it’s cider. And a very sweet one at that. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great. Definitely different and definitely worth a try if you enjoy Belgian style fruit beers. Weird.

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Ringwood Brewery – I

Today I bring you two beers from the Ringwood Brewery (now under Marston’s ownership).

Beer #1: Boondoggle

Brewery: Ringwood (Marston’s), England

Ringwood Boondoggle - England - smooth blonde ale light and refreshing light cereal notes weak bitterness creamy - 4o2 abv - 6o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth light blonde ale with refreshing, light cereal notes. A creamy head tops a rather weak, and light bodied beer. Low bitterness suits the low ABV of 4.2%, and sits well with the low carbonation.

ABV: 4.2%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A decent enough beer that is more light and refreshing than full and satisfying.

Beer #2: Best Bitter

Ringwood Best Bitter - England - smooth ale medium bitter with cereal and wood notes but also weak low carbonation pedestrian - 3o8 abv - 6 () 10

Impressions: Another smooth ale, with prominent cereal notes, accompanied by a woody background. Medium to low bitterness accompanies the low carbonation, along with the low ABV of 3.5%.

ABV: 3.5%

Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Verdict: A fairly avoidable bitter that brings nothing new to the table, but isn’t offensive. A decent pint if you want a low ABV beer.

Initial impressions of the Brewery

These two beers don’t inspire much confidence in the brewery. These beers are far from awful, but if there are other options on the menu, I’d more than likely choose those.

Christmas in a Glass

What with Christmas looming upon us all, I figured I’d throw out a couple of pints I had during Christmas last year. One is a unique run of a Christmas ale and one is a limited edition run of a popular Irish cider.

Beer: Rocking Rudolph

Brewery: Hardy’s and Hansons, England

Impressions: This is a smooth, strongly hopsed dark ale. Strong citrus and cereal aromas and like flavours linger with every sip. Quite mild overall due to the low ABV, also with low carbonation, creating a filling, though somewhat watery at the same time, ale.

ABV: 4.2%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A fairly average, enjoyable ale. A nice amount of hops bitterness balances the low ABV and mild flavours. A unique name, but not much unique found within.

Cider: Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider

Brewery: Magners, Ireland

Impressions: This is a very smooth cider. With a strong, sweet, warm apple flavour complemented by cinnamon, and soft notes of honey and citrus. Medium to low carbonation means this is easily drinkable.

ABV: 4%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: I have to admit I have a soft spot for cinnamon. I love cinnamon. Naturally, a cinnamon cider was something that attracted me. Sweet, smooth, and warm with cinnamon, this is naturally reminiscent of a nostalgic Christmas day. Sweet, but not too sweet, this cider hits the spot. I definitely would have rated this Cider even higher had the ABV been a little higher. Can’t have it all! Try one! Mmmmm.

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