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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

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 – England’s Own – Hall and Woodhouse V

Hello world,

Today I bring you my 5th in the series of Hall and Woodhouse Badger ales!

Beer: England’s Own

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger England's Own - Dorset, England - very smooth ale very light and mild bordering bland notes of grape and leaf refreshing odd medium low carbonation - 4o6 abv - 6o75 () 10
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Impressions: This is a more normal ale. Well, no. It is a very smooth ale with very light (almost bland) hops bitterness. However, in the foreground of the flavour are notes of grape and grass. Medium to low carbonation makes this odd beverage fairly easy to drink.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: This is an odd one. When I say it tastes of grass perhaps I mean it tastes fresh. It’s quite unusual, but not unlike-able. The low ABV is a downside to this beer as a higher percentage may give this ale just what it needs to kick it into a higher score, with stronger hops/bitterness. Unique and worth a try.

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Check out my other reviews of Badger ales here!

Forester’s Pear Cider

Today I bring you a fairly generic, widely available pear cider, at a local boozery near you!

Cider: Forester’s Pear Cider

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Aston manor Foresters - smooth pear cider medium to sweet mild pear flavour not too artificial but refreshing medium carbonation - 4o5 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth pear cider, with a medium sweetness.  A mild pear flavour,  refreshing. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: This is a pretty decent perry. Not too sickly sweet like a lot of perries out there, but still quite sweet and slippery. Light pear flavour, not too artificial like some larger brands out there (you know the pear drop taste), which is refreshing. Worth a try.

Badger – Blandford Flyer – Hall and Woodhouse I

Hello all! Today I bring you my first bottled ale from the well established Hall and Woodhouse Brewery. With origins dating back to 1760, this brew house has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for them, they have brought out a large range of attractive, reasonably priced ales that both captured my visual and oral interest!

The bottles are visually appealing with clear, vivid art, highlighting the unusual names they pick for their ales. On the back of each bottle is a small snippet about each beer, with tasting notes, nose, sweetness/bitterness factors and enough information to fill your boots. I like this idea and makes ales more accessible to the casual or new-to-ale drinker.

These beers all hail from the aforementioned brewery in Blandford forum, in Dorset, England.

Beer #1: Blandford Flyer

Badger Blandford Flyer - England - very smooth ale very sweet with low fiery Ginger very little cereal or hops low bitterness medium low carbonation - 5o2 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is an intriguing beer that, as the bottle would suggest, has a very smooth sweet ginger flavour throughout. The ginger is slightly fiery with a very light hops bitterness in the background. Medium to low carbonation makes this ale resemble the more mass produced ginger beers.

ABV: 5.2%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: An interesting ale with a twist. Normal ginger beers tend to feel like ginger with lager, however, this marries ginger and ale quite nicely. The beer is let down by being almost too mild. It’s stuck between being a good ale and a good ginger beer, and unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to either. A nice unique ale that is worth a try if you want something different.


Initial impressions on the Badger line of ales:

From the above you can see that they have done fairly well. This ginger beer gives us something fairly unique from the crowd, which gives me hope that their more regular line of ales with not fall on this middle ground.

Looking forward to more from the Badger den…

Wood’s Brewery

Today I bring you three beers from the relatively young brewery (circa 1980) Wood’s. Found amongst the hills of Shropshire (England), this brewery believes in producing traditional ales to be served in real pubs. They were inspired by the lull in ales available at the time, as gas powered mass produced lagers became more abundant.

Today I bring you three of their creations: Parish BitterPot O’ Gold, and Shropshire Lass.

Beer #1: Parish Bitter

Woods parish bitter england 4 abv low carbonation smooth average alr medium bitterness weak body bitter sweet average 6() 10.jpg

Impressions: This smooth ale presents a fairly mild tone, with a light-medium bitterness throughout the almost watery body. Subtle sweet malt notes hit your tongue toward the end as the lowly carbonated beverage slides down your throat.

ABV: 4%

Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Verdict: An average bitter that presents nothing exciting. It’s smooth and has a respectable taste.

Beer #2: Pot O’ Gold

Wood's pot o gold england smooth ale 4o4 abv creamy bitterness malty citrus average 6 o75 () 10.jpg.jpg

Impressions: Another smooth ale with a creamier body. A much nicer citrus bitterness hits the tongue immediately followed by malted notes. However, it is still a very light bodied ale with low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A nicer ale that the Parish, it has much more distinct notes. The slightly higher ABV brings a bit more punch to the beer, however, it is still nothing remarkable. Definitely not Britain’s best bitter.

Beer #3: Shropshire Lass

Wood's Shropshire Lass England smooth ale mild slightly sour citrus orange 4o1 abv 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions:  Another light, smooth ale. Very mild with a slightly sour orange / citrus bitterness. Low carbonation and light bodied.

ABV: 4.1%

Score: 6 / 10 ( Low Average)

Verdict: Another, not-so-special ale, that while enjoyable, probably isn’t a repeat buy.


Final thoughts on the Wood’s Brewery:

With a claimed 20~ different ale output every year, I can hardly judge the brewery by these 3 bottled ales. That said, nothing here blew me away. Pot O’ Gold was definitely nicest with it’s slightly more depth of flavour. Nothing here would put me off from drinking from this brewery as they are all perfectly adequate (re: average), but I am not going to be immediately drawn to them if say Doom bar is on tap.

The Vale – 5 Golden Rings

Just a quick update today on one of the many Christmas ales available throughout the holiday season.

Beer: 5 Gold Rings

Brewery: Vale Brewing Company.

Interesting fact: this brewery is located in Brill, Buckinghamshire, which was the inspiration for the town Bree, in the Lord of the Rings.

5 rings bitter sweet caramel tangy citrus bitter hops strong cereal notes bready 6o75 () 10.jpg

Apologies for the blurry/overexposed picture!

Impressions: This ale was a fairly standard pint consisting of a smooth, creamy body (see picture) with a bitter sweet caramel tone. The sweetness melds into a tangy citrus hops with strong bread/cereal notes, and light bitterness.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A nice Christmas pint with a full body, soft hops notes and a smooth finish. Enjoyable but not remarkable.

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