Ska Brewing Company - Modus Hoperandi. It’s an IPA. It’s a bloody good IPA. Massive lashings of hop, good bitterness. Perfection in a can.
Siren Brewey - Nacken. A wheat beer that has a huge hit of hops. This is a brilliant collaboration. This is awesome
Quantum - Smoked Imperial Treacle Stout. My word. This is practically food. Big treacle toffee flavours, thisnis a monster of a stout. Fullnof flavour and at almost 10% has a huge abv. Tastes good though.
Badger - Golden Champion. You know what, this isn’t half bad - I think. it is a bit bonkers, very biscuity and malty whilst having a huge great whalloping elderflower taste to it too. You could only have one in a night as the taste is so huge. I think I liked it, I’d have to try it again though to be sure.
Marstons - Old Empire. I’m not one of these people that avoids the larger breweries offerings, there are a few good ones out there so I’m not afraid to try something that is in the supermarket. BUT, and this is an epic BUT, this is a really poor beer, sounds good on the bottle, tastes a little bit too bland for me - I like big flavours from an IPA and this just didn’t deliver.
Co-operative - Gold Miner. I wanted beer, I was in the Co-op so I opted for this as it sounded good - the story on the bottle is wonderful. I was wrong, this isn’t good, I really didn’t enjoy it, it felt like it was lacking in every area, weak hop and malt flavours and didn’t really feel very bottle conditioned. Sorry Co-op, I really wanted to like this too.
Buxton Brewery - Jaw Gate. An American IPA. Just what I needed to restore my faith in hoppy beer after hoptimum. This is brilliant. Wonderfully balanced with bitterness and hops in good measure. This is as good as southville hop from Bristol Beer Factory and I don’t heap such praise lightly. Great work from Buxton Brewery, with these boys and Thornbridge producing such awesome craft beer the peak district is really kicking ass right now.
Siren craft brew - Broken dream. This is a breakfast stout. I have no idea what a breakfast stout is, but this is awesome. Coffee and Chocolate, beautifully subtle, this is a rich and very lovely beer. I think I like breakfast stout.
Sierra Nevada - Hoptimum. Oh god. Too much hop. Too strong. This weighs in at a whopping 10.4 % and is hopped beyond comprehension. I like hoppy but this is too much for me.
Durham Brewery - Amarelle. Beer with sour cherry. Bottle conditioned, , this is described as dark red and it is so dark red it is nearly black. The sour cherry is really subtle but cuts through nicely. A brilliant beer.
Dark Energy - Hardknott. Well this is interesting, very stout like and fruity without tasting of fruit. It’s bonkers and really good, not as heavy as a stout, not as hoppy as a black ipa it has a fresh taste with all the complex character youd expect from a stout. This is great work from Hardknott who have managed to create a unique beer that tastes good in a market place where that is getting more and more difficult to pull off. Good stuff.
Doctors orders - Signature Brew. Meh! Its kind of refreshing, but tastes like cheap generic lager. Disappointing.
West Coast Red - Bristol Beer Factory. It seems tonight was malt night. This rich red ale is tasty, really tasty. Bearing in mind this followed the full nelson the complex flavours of this were a winner. Bristol Beer Factory are consistently brilliant amd this beer continues in that vein. Malty loveliness, great for an autumn evening.
Full Nelson - Tiny Rebel. Again from the Tiny Rebel, a great label design for a really surprising beer. Looks like an IPA, but has a really malty smell about it that carries into the taste. All of a sudden this disperses and your left with a really fresh hoppy taste. It is bonkers, but really enjoyable. If you like a flavourful beer, this is it.
Crime Scene - Anarchy. Some nice deep flavours in this one, malty with a well hopped finish, it is refreshing and tasty. A lovely beer, unfortunately for crime scene I followed this with 2 belting beers.