A Crafty Beer

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A blog about craft ale. You'll find plenty of beers here and the ongoing adventure of a group of regular, normal people as they travel the UK (and sometimes further) in search of the best places to drink and relax. I post about beers I like and ones I don't, what you won't find here is a lot of guff about nose, body and mouth feel.



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Earl Grey IPA - Marble Brewery. Oh good lord. This is a beer that will make you ache for more. Powerful citrus taste, the earl grey kind of makes it taste tangerine like. Complex, tasty and really different. I wished I had bought more.

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Black Rocks - Buxton Brewery. Another black IPA and a really good one. Got all of the characteristics of a great ipa with a more complex deapth of a stout. A really lovely beer. It seems it is true black really does rock.

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Dead Pony Club - Brew Dog. I’m not usually a fan of Brew Dog. But this low abv beer is a real gem. Tasty and hoppy, it just goes to show that you don’t need strong to make tasty. Good stuff.

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Saddlers - Mud City Imperial Russian Stout. Well this stuff is dangerous, the most delicious creamy, chocolatey stout that packs a 9.9% punch. This is an awesome stout. Drink it carefully.

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Brew by numbers - 01|07 I genuinely wish I had been less intoxicated when I reached this beer. It tasted good, the nelson hops giving it a real freshness. Unfortunately that is about all I can remember. This is why you should drink responsibly. Will have to try again with this one.

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Beavertown - Bloody ‘Ell. This is a blood orange IPA. It is a big hitting US style IPA, heavily hopped, citrussy and bitter. I’m not sure what the blood orange really adds to this as it makes it a touch too tart for my liking. It is a bit like chewing orange peel. If you like super bitter beer you’ll enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me.

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Salopian - Ryesing Tides. Wow. I mean wow. I am totally in love with rye based ipa. This I just the most beautiful beer. The rye adds a delicous depth that makes you glad people care enough to make beer like this. Truly awesome. I love this beer.

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Heavy Industry - Nelson’s Eye. Aaah Nelson you cheeky little hop. This one is citrussy with a good bitterness and it comes wrapped in a really well designed bottle. This is a really tasty session beer definitely worth a go. Well done the Welsh.

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Williams Brothers - Impale IPA. Well this probably the least expensive beer I have ever bought. At just £1.80 this was a real find, it is effectively home brew given distribution by the Scottish brewer. I love the idea of taking the cream of the homebrew market, brewing amd bottling their recipe to give it woder acclaim (and presumably make some money). Beer was nice enough, hoppy and citrussy nothing ground breaking, but a decent beer with a great idea and amazing price.

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Thornbridge - Sour Brown. First off this is an expensive beer. At just shy of £9 it is not one to have a session on. However, this is a really complex beer, you can really taste the cherries and raisin with the warmth of the oaky wine underpinning it all. There are layers and layers of flavour, this is what you would expect to pay a small fortune for if it were a wine. Oh yeah, it is sour, but not overpoweringly so. Well executed and very special. Would love to mature one in the bottle and see how it pans out. Exceptional.

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Williams Brothers - 7 giraffes. This beer totally kicks ass. 7 grains, 3 hop varieties and the addition of elderflower and lemon makes for an absolute dream. Delicious, really well balanced flavours, this is brewing with finesse.

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Thornbridge - Otto. I am never let down by thornbridge. Ever. This is a spectacular beer. Wheaty with complex malty tones it doesn’t taste of 8%. This beer is dangerously drinkable. It is darker than I expected, but truly, truly delicious. Exceptionally moreish.

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Redemption - Big Chief. This IPA packs a huge citrus punch. Grapefruit all the way. Super refreshing, this beer is a wonderful summer evening with friends. Lovely beer and one I’d definitely go to again.

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Beavertown - Smog Rocket. This is a half decent smoked porter. Not too heavy and very drinkable. Some good subtle flavours and a rich dark colour. Nothing really new or interesting but really very nice.

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Page 24 / Nogne o - Rhub’ IPA. A rhubarb IPA. This piqued my interest, a rhubarb ipa. It tastes really good, the hoppy IPA flavours give this a lovely initially taste and then slowly but surely, there is a hint of the rhubarb, not too sour, just enough to be a really pleasing finish. Definitely worth a try.

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