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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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Badger – Hopping Hare – Hall and Woodhouse IV

Hey all,

Continuing on with my series from Hall and Woodhouse http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range, today I bring you:

Beer: Hopping Hare

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Hopping Hare - Dorset, England - very smooth ale creamy sweet hoppiness with notes of vanilla and citrus medium bitter medium low carbonation - 4o4 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth ale, with a creamy bitter-sweet hops. Strong notes of hops citrus followed by subtle notes of vanilla. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Quite a nice, hoppy ale. This one was stuck in the middle ground of too drinkable or too potent. Ie. It’s very drinkable but lacking a bit of punch (perhaps a higher ABV would have made up for the tail end of the hops flavours). Overall a good beer though, and I would recommend it to those that enjoy lighter, hoppier ales. Enjoy!

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Read my other reviews of Badger Beers 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/

Adnams – Ghost Ship

Hey all, today I bring you a lovely little number from the Adnams Brewery. A brewery that produces unique and interesting seasonal beers, Adnams also has a fairly large regular line up of ales as well. http://adnams.co.uk/category/beer/our-beers/current-beers/

Beer: Ghost Ship

Brewery: Adnams, Southwold, England

Adnams Ghost Ship uk 4o5 abv smooth pale ale sharp citrus hops notes with a soft bitterness malt background 7o5 () 10 (1)

Impressions: This was a very smooth pale ale (quite dark for a pale ale). You’re first hit with sharp citrus hops, followed by a soft bitterness. A light sweet malty background is present amongst strong floral notes. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This was a good introduction to the Adnams line of ales. Smooth and easily drinkable, with a nice bitter hit from the hops. A higher ABV would have bumped this to a higher score as a little bit more kick would have been welcomed. Probably one for those than enjoy lighter ales with strong hops. (Hops, and bitterness in general, is a taste that grows on you. The more you drink it, the more you’ll enjoy it). That said, this is a very deep ale, that is both refreshing and delicious. Try it.

Blue Moon / Rickard’s White

Today I bring you  a tasty beer that has traversed the Atlantic and made it’s way to England. Back home we call it Rickard’s White, often sold in Pitchers, accompanied by orange slices.

But here in England we call it:

Beer: Blue Moon (Rickard’s White)

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

Blue Moon - England - Belgian style white very smooth fruity mellow vanilla under tones lightly carbonated 5o4 abv very easy drinking - 7 () 10 - B

Impressions: This is a smooth ‘Belgian style’ white/wheat beer. Fruity citrus notes are hidden in the mellow hops bitterness followed by vanilla under tones. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: A decent replication of the authentic European wheat beers. Good strength to the beer gives it a decent bite and the flavours blend well. After taste isn’t great (not bad), which lowered the score as the beer could be smoother. Overall a good effort, a decent choice over generic lagers and beers, and definitely worth a try.

Titanic Brewery – Fit out

In light of the recent flooding across the UK I thought I would comment on the Titanic Brewery.

http://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/

Titanic beers are quite prevalent in England, seen in pubs from ever present bars like Wetherspoons to the little local pubs that pride themselves on real ales. I’ve tried quite a few of their ales, but today I bring you just the one:

Beer: Fit-out

Brewery: Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

This ale was apparently brewed specifically for the Wetherspoons Ale Festival, 2011, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s ‘fitting-out’. Unfortunately, my dear reader, that means it will be incredibly difficult for you to replicate this drinking enjoyment.

Impressions: This is a smooth, well hopsed ale. The hops provide a nice, sharp, citrus bitterness, complemented by mild orange notes. The low carbonation provides a creamy richness, and a nice smooth head (as seen in the picture above). A cloudy beer, with a nice body.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This is a nice, strongly hopsed bitter, that is complemented by smooth, creaminess. Not to everyone’s taste,  as the bitterness from the hops may well overpower those with a palate not used to beers such as this, or pilsners. I found this an enjoyable experience, that still left a little to be desired, as the bitterness was slightly sharp and could be refined. Though you can’t complain at that price, eh!

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