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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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Wychwood – Snake’s Bite

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Today I bring you my first, shall I say, hybrid beer. A unique offering from the Legendary Wychwood Brewery (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/), 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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Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

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Today I bring you another beer from my travels through Spain. A good example of a Spanish take on the Germanic ‘Bock’ style lager. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock

Check out Cruzcampo Gran Reserva’s cool website here: http://www.cruzcampogranreserva.com/

 

Beer: Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Brewery: Grupo Cruzcampo, Heineken Espana, Spain

Cruzcampo Gran Reserva - Spain - smooth Spanish lager strong flavour semi bitter semi malt some dark chocolate notes - 6o4 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth darker Spanish lager. A light bitterness is well married to a sweet (light) dark chocolate malt. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 6.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: I was a bit let down by this beer. I had high hopes for a rich chocolate malt married to a decent amount of bitterness. The high ABV makes one think it will have quite a bit of punch. Unfortunately it has these qualities to a lighter extent. Overall a good beer though that could use a bit more body and depth.

 

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/

Athenian Brewery – Alfa Beer

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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

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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/

Badger – England’s Own – Hall and Woodhouse V

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Today I bring you my 5th in the series of Hall and Woodhouse Badger ales! http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/the-range

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!

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 – Hopping Hare – Hall and Woodhouse IV

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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/

Badger – Tanglefoot – Hall and Woodhouse III

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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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