One woman's ale journey

A beery boozy journey with delightful snacks along the way and a book in my hand.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Guinness Original


Well we couldn't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without a little drop of the black stuff, not that I need an excuse to have a little drink of Guinness.  I usually have a few cans in stock but this one came with a Christmas gift and I do like my bottled beer.

I feel a bit cheeky reviewing Guinness, it's always a guaranteed 5 out of 5 or 10 out of 10 but what makes it so special?  It's that black as coal look with the thick beige head that not even a scrubbing brush could remove.  It has a quite unique dark treacle, sweet molasses, liquorice and earthy smell that cries out to be tasted.

Guinness really is as smooth as velvet with a dark chocolate, treacle and liquorice taste.  It is the original and the best with the most amazing head in the world that laces the hell out of the glass.

I'm not going to ramble on too much, who doesn't love Guinness?  If you haven't tried it, you must have been living on the moon.  With a fridge full of handsome black cans, this is one I can definitely say Ale Be Seeing Again!

Brewed by Guinness, Dublin
4.2% ABV



Friday, 10 March 2017

Woodforde's Norfolk Bitter


Now this is what I like to see!  A lovely toffee amber colour and a thick white head.  It has a slightly hoppy fruity sweet smell and absolutely no sign of sediment, despite the bottle referring to it. 

This Norfolk bitter is a top class bitter without even a hint of a metallic aftertaste. It has just the right amount of carbonation as a rush of bubbles fizz across the tongue, bubbles that burst with an explosion of delicious malty fruitiness.  All that's missing is a smoking jacket and a roaring fire.

Brewed by Woodforde's, Norfolk
4.5% ABV

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Norfolk Bitter is specially brewed for Marks & Spencer but you can find out more at Woodforde's Brewery.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Brains The Rev. James Rye



There is an amazing malty treacle smell as this tasty-looking ruby ale is poured.  Added to the fabulous ruby colour is a thick beige head that doesn't lose any of its body at all.  It is the closest I've ever seen to a Guinness style head.

Sadly, the taste is not what I imagined at all; it has an unexpected bitter and slightly metallic taste with a strong grapefruity aftertaste that lingers a bit too long for my liking.  The head is simply amazing though and what head that does disperse actually sticks to the side of the glass.

Thumbs up for the head and aroma but let down by the unexpectedly bitter and metallic taste.

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Find out more at Brains Brewery

Monday, 6 March 2017

Skinner's Hops 'n' Honey


With an eyecatching colour that looks like it has just been poured out of a honey jar and an aroma of hops and honey, this ale is exactly what it says on the tin.  There's only a small head but it is tight enough to hold its shape.

As with any honeyed ale, the taste is quite mellow with a very smooth consistency that makes it slip down very easily indeed.  The balance of hoppiness and sweetness is perfect giving it a bitter/sweet taste with a tangy toffee aftertaste.

The head leaves nice lacing on the glass, showing that quality over quantity really pays off in some cases.  It's a very pleasant golden ale, that you think doesn't have a lot of taste at first but it awakens something in your tastebuds and you get a different experience with every mouthful.

Brewed by Skinner's Brewery, Cornwall
4.2% ABV

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Find out more at Skinner's Brewery

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Sambrooks Pumphouse Pale Ale


You can't help but notice the strong smell of hops as the lid pops off this one. There is a bit of sediment in the bottle so I poured it carefully at the expense of the head, although the head is so loose I don't think it made that much difference.  It's a delicious deep golden/light amber colour and it's such a shame that the head disappears so quickly.

Not really my cup of tea (or pint of ale), it has quite a harsh strong taste but I did get used to it and it left a crisp citrus aftertaste.  Not one Ale Be Seeing Again, unfortunately.

Brewed by Sambrooks Brewery, London
4.2% ABV

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Bath Ales Wild Hare


A lovely golden yellow colour with a bit of sediment in the bottle so I stopped pouring just before it started to get cloudy.  There is a small white frothy head which disappears quickly, leaving a small frothy film.  It has a really nice hoppy aroma for a pale ale with not even a hint of the citrus aroma you often get with a pale ale.

As you know, I'm not really a pale ale fan but this has to be one of the best pale ales I have ever tasted.  It transforms from dry with a sweet edge to bitter and slightly grapefruity on the palate.  It is crisp and refreshing with the perfect amount of fizz to make it a smooth easily drinkable ale.

I didn't think I would ever give a five pint rating to a pale ale but Wild Hare gets a big thumbs up from me.

Brewed by Bath Ales, Bristol
5.0% ABV

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Wold Top Anglers Reward


Another fabulous Yorkshire ale from the guys and gals at Wold Top.  Anglers Reward is a mouthwatering deep golden colour with a nice little frothy head, although it does disappear quite quickly (both the head and the beer).  The aroma I get from it is one of hops and golden straw; very fresh and appetising.

Tastewise it is very pleasant indeed.  It has a bit of a nutty taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste resulting in a very refreshing ale.  Despite the appearance of the bubbles sticking to the side of the glass, it isn't too fizzy and goes down very smoothly.  A very tasty ale - I loved it and it makes me want to take up fishing if I can have one of these as a reward.

Brewed by Wold Top, Yorkshire
4.0% ABV

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