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Wychwood – Wytchcraft Ale

Hello again,

Third in my series of Wychwood beers, today I bring you it’s namesake ale. http://www.wychwood.co.uk/

Beer: Wychcraft

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood's Wychcraft - mild blonde slightly acidic refreshing lager 7 o5 () 10

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Impressions:
 This is a smooth, light ale (bordering on lager like freshness). Light in colour but not lacking in bitter hops. Refreshing cereal notes with a lingering bitterness mixed with a nice citrus backing. Light in body. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This is a nice light ale that has a good amount of bitterness. The lower ABV of this beer counts slightly against it as it has a very light body that could use a kick (but could also count toward it on a hot summer day). Well worth a try.

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–Grim
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Published Beers To-date

As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:

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Beer

Adnams, England:

  • The Bitter – 3.7% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Broadside (Cask) – 4.7% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Ghost Ship – 4.5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Affligem, Belgium:

  • Blond – 6.8% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Dubbel – 7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

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

  • India Pale Ale (Nova Scotia style Pale Ale in the States) – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:

  • Brahma – 4.3% – 4 / 10 (Awful)

Asahi, Japan:

  • Asahi Black – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:

  • Alfa – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:

  • Bad Santa – 6.8% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:

  • Blandford Flyer – 5.2% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • England’s Own – 4.6% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • Fursty Ferret – 4.4% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)
  • Hopping Hare – 4.4% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)
  • Golden Champion – 5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Golden Glory – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Poacher’s Choice – 5.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Tanglefoot – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:

  • Lion’s Roar – 3.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:

  • Finn’s Hall Porter – 4.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.8% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Golden Sheep – 4.7% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Riggwelter – 5.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:

  • Blue Moon (Rickard’s White) – 5.4% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Boddingtons, InBev, UK:

  • Boddingtons Draught Bitter – 3.5% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Brew Dog, Scotland:

  • Punk IPA – 5.6% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:

  • Bramble Stout – 5% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)
  • Golden Delicious – 3.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Brakspear, England:

  • Double Drop Bitter – 3.4% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:

  • Flying Dutchman Junibier – 4.3% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:

  • Red Start – 4.3% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Damm, Barcelona, Spain:

  • A.K.Damm – 4.8% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:

  • Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – 5.3% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:

  • Xingu Black Beer – 4.6% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

FIX, Athens, Greece:

  • FIX Hellas – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:

  • Phoenix – 4.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:

  • Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial – 5.4% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Alhambra Export – 4.6% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:

  • Cruzcampo – 4.8% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Cruzcampo Gran Reserva – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Legado de Yuste – 6.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:

  • Guinness Foreign Extra – 7.5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Hardy’s and Hansons, England:

  • Rocking Rudolph – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Heineken, Italy:

  • Birra Morreti Original – 4.6% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:

  • Innis and Gunn Original – 6.6% – 9.25 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)
  • Innis and Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask – 7.4% – 9.5 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)

Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:

  • Ringnes Pilsener – 4.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Ringwood (Marston’s), England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.5% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Boondoggle – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:

  • Fischer – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

SABMiller, Rome, Italy:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro – 5.1% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Sapporo, Japan:

  • Sapporo Premium Lager – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Stella Artois – 4.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Stella Artois Black – 4.9% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:

  • St Peter’s Golden Ale – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:

  • Fit-Out – 4.5% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:

  • Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA – 5% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:

  • Banana Bread Beer – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Waggle Dance – 5% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Wood’s Brewery, England:

  • Parish Bitter – 4% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Pot O’ Gold – 4.4% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • Shropshire Lass – 4.1% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Wychwood (Marstons), England:

  • Hobgoblin – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Snake’s Bite – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Wychcraft – 4.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Wye Valley, England:

  • Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout – 4.6% – 7.25 / 10   (Good to Very Good)

Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:

  • Godhead – 4.3% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Vale Brewing Company, England:

  • 5 Gold Rings – 4.8% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

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Cider

Aston Manor, Aston, England:

  • Amber Harvest – 5% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Forester’s Pear Cider – 4.5% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Magners, Ireland:

  • Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider – 4% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:

  • Blackthorn – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry – 5.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Cidre – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Cidre Pear – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

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Vodka

Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:

  • Vikingfjord – 40% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

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Whisky

Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:

  • Single Malt, 12 Year Old – 40% – 7 / 10 (Good)

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Wine

Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:

  • Primitivo Salento, 2008 – 13% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Baturrica, Spain:

  • Gran Reserva, 2006 – 13% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2011 – 13.5% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Cono Sur, Chile:

  • Isla Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva, 2011 – 12% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Criadores, Spain:

  • Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007 – 12.5% – 8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent to Ambrosia)

Garcia Carrion, Spain:

  • El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010 – 13.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good  to Very Good)

Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:

  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2005 – 12.5% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2009 – 12.5% – 8.5 /10 ( Very Excellent)

LIDL, Italy:

  • Chianti D.O.C.G., 2011 – 13% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:

  • Carbernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 14% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

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Banks’s Lion’s Roar

Hello ale fans,

Today I bring you an ale from the ubiquitous Banks’s brewery. Typical of these brewers are creamy, low ABV ales, which is exactly where this one falls. Check out their beautiful website here:  http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/

 

Beer: Lion’s Roar

Brewery: Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England

Banks Lion's Roar - England - smooth ale mild hops bitterness semi cereal flavour creamy aftertaste low carbonation - 3o8 abv - 6o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth, creamy ale. A nice rich head to the pint, with low carbonation. Very mild bitterness with low hops hidden in the cereal notes. A nice creamy follow through and after taste.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This beer has many qualities that I look for in an ale. Creamy, smooth, easy drinking. But that’s where it stops. It needs more bitterness, more flavour in general. The low ABV drags this beer down further as it lacks any real punch and leaves it a bit on the watery side. That said, amongst the low ABV ales, this is very pleasant and will do the job if that is what you’re after.

Badger – Fursty Ferret – Hall and Woodhouse VIII

Hello beer people!

 

Moving right along in the Badger series, today I bring you:

Beer: Fursty Ferret

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger - Fursty Ferret - smooth and creamy bitter low hops bitterness light caramel and malt sweet mild flavour hint of bitter after taste - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A smooth and creamy tasting ale.  A very light hops bitterness is complemented by light caramel and sweet malt notes. Very mild and light body, with a light bitter after taste. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a nice beer that brought some nice flavours together. Nice. Slightly sweet and very easy drinking, this is definitely a lighter ale. A higher ABV would have been welcome, however, as is, an enjoyable ale that I’ll probably pick up again when I’m in the mood for something lighter.

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Bah Bah Black Sheep – ‘Best Bitter’

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Following on from my original Black Sheep post: https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/bah-bah-black-sheep/,
I bring you another from the Black Sheep family.

 

Beer: Best Bitter

Brewery: Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England

Black Sheep - The Station - fairly bitter creamy very smooth odd after taste of cream or butter weird but nice unfortunately served warm 7 o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a light bitter, creamy, and very smooth ale. Mild, and soft malt notes. Followed by an after taste of cream or butter. Low carbonation.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This was a nice ale. For what it is, it does it’s job well. A low ABV beer, that’s soft and easy drinking. Very smooth and creamy, and one that is enjoyably filling.

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Badger – Poacher’s Choice – Hall and Woodhouse VII

Hello Y’all,

Seventh in my compendium of Badger Ales is one that didn’t quite match up with my expectations (based on their previous 6 ales!).

http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range; however, read on as it might be to your taste!

Beer: Poacher’s Choice

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Poachers Choice - England - very smooth ale strong strawberry and blackberry flavours with a strong notes of liquorice slightly too sweet low carbonation - 5o7 abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, very sweet ale. Deep in colour and deep in flavour. Strong ‘fruits of the forest’ flavours permeate this beer. Strawberry and blackberry are what I pick up most, with a strong notes of liquorice dancing between. Little bitterness within. Low carbonation.

ABV: 5.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Unfortunately this beer wasn’t greatly to my taste. Far too sweet for what I look for in an ale and the fruit flavours were overpowering. It was put together well if you’re looking for a more full-on ‘Frutti di bosco’ experience, so maybe one for those who don’t enjoy bitter beer, or perhaps want a subtle introduction to beer! At 5.7% I’m surprised I didn’t enjoy this more as I’m very partial to beers with a punch, but this had very little. Maybe best enjoyed on a hot summer day, sipping on an ice cold bottle.

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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/

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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