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FIX Hellas

Hello fellow travellers,

Today I bring you another in my Greek series of beers. Another lager that helped me cope with the gorgeous sunshine and warm summer breeze blowing across the picturesque island of Santorini. Again, purchased from a little market north of the beaches at a very reasonable price, probably around $1 euro.

Beer: FIX Hellas

Brewery: FIX, Athens, Greece

Fix Hellas - Athens, Greece - very smooth lager low bitterness very refreshing not much body but perfect for a hot day semi sweet notes of honey medium low carbonation -  5 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A very smooth lager with low bitterness. Not much body, but very refreshing. Semi sweet notes of honey and vanilla in the background. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a very enjoyable beer. At first it seemed like a fairly average lager, but then semi sweets notes started to break out in the background bringing a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Nothing remarkable mind you, but perfect for a hot Greek summer holiday.

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Check out my original Santorini post here:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/greece-beers-in-santorini/

and the follow up:

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/athenian-brewery-alfa-beer/

Amber Harvest – Strong Dry Cider

Hello fans of the cider,

Today I bring you a widely available, mass produced cider that is available in 3L bottles. Yes I know, that screams quality.

Cider: Amber Harvest

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Amber Harvest Strong Dry Cider - England - smooth Apple cider 5 abv however weak taste watery medium carbonation light on the tongue not Sharp - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth apple cider. Quite mild in all of its characteristics: mild apple flavour, mildly sharp, and mildly enjoyable. It is not strong and dry, it is more of a middle ground between dry and sweet. Semi-sweet then. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: This is not one that I would go out of my way for. All in all not an unpleasant experience by any means, and even enjoyable when served really cold. That said, it has no remarkable qualities and is really only fit for one purpose, mass consumption. Avoid unless you’re short on coin, and even then a pack of Strongbow won’t cost you much more.

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Athenian Brewery – Alfa Beer

Hello worldly people,

Today I bring you a lager from the Athenian Brewery, which I enjoyed poolside on my recent holiday to Santorini. This ice cold lager, conveniently sold in an ice chilled glass, was around $3 euros, which is standard for a pint on the island.

Beer: Alfa

Brewery: Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece

Alfa Beer - Greece - very smooth lager light and refreshing odd hops cereal taste medium low carbonation - abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth and very refreshing lager. Light in body and bitterness, with a novel (odd) hops taste. Cereal notes throughout. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Beers on holiday are hard to judge. Especially when in a hot climate. Not only are we elated to be on holiday, but I suppose any cold drink would seem extra refreshing. That said, this was a nice light lager, with a decent amount of carbonation keeping it lively, but easily quaffable. Remarkably average though.

Take a look at more beers I had on holiday in Greece!

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/greece-beers-in-santorini/

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Badger – Golden Champion – Hall and Woodhouse VI

Hello Pilgrims,

Today I bring you one of the Badger Ales I’m more partial to, as it hits many of the qualities I look for in an ale. Check out the Badger range of beers here: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range

Beer: Golden Champion

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Golden Champion - Dorset, England - very smooth ale with bitter fruity hops sweet vanilla and caramel notes clean finish medium low carbonation delicious - 5 abv - 8 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth ale with a nice bitterness. A fruity hops note is in the foreground with sweet vanilla and caramel notes leading to a clean finish. Medium to low carbonation leads to a nice blend between ale and lager drink-ability.

ABV: 5%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: I like this beer. I have had it quite a few times now. The majority of times have been filled with delicious taste and enjoyment. Unfortunately my last exposure to this beer wasn’t too positive (perhaps an off bottle, these things do happen). However, on the whole, a nice semisweet beer that ticks many of my boxes. A decent ABV to give the beer body and kick, flavours that blend and complement the bitterness, and a drink-ability that has brought me back more than once. Highly recommended.

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Check out my other reviews of Badger ales here!

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/badger-golden-glory-hall-and-woodhouse-ii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/badger-tanglefoot-hall-and-woodhouse-iii/

https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/badger-hopping-hare-hall-and-woodhouse-iv/

Ball Stitcher IPA

Hello to everyone,

Today I bring you a pint from my local near work. Check out the Warwickshire Brewery (simple) website here http://www.warwickshirebeer.co.uk/

Beer: Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA

Brewery: Warwickshire, Cubbington, England

Ball Stitcher IPA - Warwickshire, England - very smooth ale nicely hopped fairly bitter slight malt flavour medium low carbonation - 5 abv - 6o75 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth ale. Nicely hopped, with a decent amount of bitterness. Slightly sweet malt notes hid in the background of the bitterness. Low carbonation, with a creamy head.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A fairly nice ale here. I believe this is available in 2 cask strengths, 4.5% and 5% ABV. Luckily I had the higher strength version, as the beer had just about the right amount of kick. Any less and the flavour definitely would have suffered. Nothing outstanding here, but easy drinking, a nice bitterness, and a slight sweetness keeping it palatable.
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Badger – Tanglefoot – Hall and Woodhouse III

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery.   https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

Beer: Tanglefoot

Brewery: Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England

Badger's Tanglefoot - Dorset, England - very smooth straw coloured ale sweet malt and caramel flavours notes of pear medium to mild bitterness creamy finish medium to low carbonation 5 abv 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, straw coloured ale. Sweet malt and caramel flavours at the forefront, with notes of soft pear hiding at the back. A medium to mild hops bitterness throughout, leads to a creamy finish and after taste. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Tanglefoot was a nice light ale. The blend of sweet and bitter was definitely appetising, but the overall body left a bit desired. Perhaps a touch more hops would have really set this one apart. But as it stands, still a really enjoyable, easy drinking ale. Maybe not one for those that stay away from the sweet stuff.

 

 

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Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale

 

Today I bring you a lager from my homeland. Alexander Keith’s is one of the oldest breweries in North America, established in 1820. Today, they produce mainly lagers for Canadian and American consumption. Read up on them here http://keiths.ca

Apparently they’ve started brewing Cider (Hard Cider – to Canadians), which is something I’ll have to check out when I’m over next.

Beer: India Pale Ale (Nova Scotia style Pale Ale in the States)

Brewery: Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale - Nova Scotia Canada - smooth Canadian lager creamy with a medium light bitter hops odd notes of olives medium carbonation - 5 abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a  smooth Canadian IPA. A somewhat creamy somewhat bland body with a medium to light bitter hops. I found some odd notes of olives hidden in the background. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: I found this to be a squarely average IPA. A nice amount of bitterness brings the fairly low body to a more enjoyable level. The odd olive background might appeal to some! As beer is somewhat expensive in Canada, I would probably look for an alternative.

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GREECE: Beers in Santorini

Hello all,

Continuing with my ‘beers from around the world’ theme at the moment, today I bring you an authentic Greek beer I enjoyed while on holiday in Santorini. Santorini (or Thira) is a member of the Grecian Cyclades, which are a cluster of islands south-east of Greece’s coast. Stunning views were not hard to find when the cities are built high upon the the tops of ancient volcano remnants. (Please note that scores of the following beers may have been rated higher than if they were enjoyed in non 40*C heat). The price of beer in Santorini is fair (even cheap compared to some places in Europe), approximately $3 euros for a large pint, often served in an ice-chilled pint glass, which makes the lagers that much more refreshing. The bottle presented below was probably around the $1 euro mark.

There isn’t much info on the net about this beer so any help filling in the details is appreciated!

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Beer: Fischer

Brewery: possibly  S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece

Fischer - Greece - smooth pilsner semi sweet notes of caramel and vanilla low bitterness with a slight bitter aftertaste medium low carbonation refreshing but full flavour - 5 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This is a smooth pilsner with an atypical low bitterness. Semisweet notes of caramel and vanilla pervade the beer followed by a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium to low carbonation, refreshing.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was surprisingly good. I can’t remember the exact price, but beer was pretty cheap in Santorini, so this bottle represented good value. This incorporated a good amount of flavour (semi-sweet, to my liking) while retaining a high amount of refreshness. Refreshability. Satiatingness.

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JAPAN – Watashi wa bīru ga daisukidesu 私はビールが大好きです

Konichiwa!

Today I bring you two imports from the land of the rising sun.

Beer #1: Asahi Black

Brewery: Asahi, Japan

Asahi Black 5 abv Japan smooth dark lager soft chocolate malty notes refreshing light bitterness pedestrian 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager with mild, soft chocolate malt notes. Very refreshing for a darker beer, but almost too light in taste and body. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: For a lager, this brings it’s maltiness to the table, but beside that it’s a fairly standard beer. No real stand out features, but it’s easy drinking and non-offensive.

Beer #2: Sapporo Premium Lager

Brewery: Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo - Japan - smooth Japanese lager refreshing light hops taste slight bitterness notes of vanilla - 4o7 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This is also a smooth, refreshing lager. Very light hops / cereal bitterness with a very faint hint of vanilla in the background. Medium to high carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This, like the beer above, brings nothing remarkable to the table. It’s light, refreshing, and taste of good quality. But it borders on the bland and mundane, hence the average score.

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