Brakspear beers are always a solid bet and you can easily pick them in most supermarkets. The most recent one I’ve been drinking is Oxford Gold a golden ale that in the bottle comes in at 4.6%.
The label isn’t the most exciting in the world but it is distinctly Brakspear. Unsurprisingly the look of the beer is golden and the aroma is lightly fragrant and citrusy.
The taste is very nicely balanced, refreshing and easy to drink, as well as a distinct note of honey. Overall it is a very solid beer and I have a few of these stored away for any occasion.
First of all I have to say that Poacher’s choice is hands down one of my favourite beers. It comes in a reassuring bottle from Badger Brewery and comes in at 5.7%. The beer is classed as a ruby ale but to my mind it is a much richer and darker beer than that. When it is poured it looks quite dark and malty, with aromas of fruit and liquorice on the nose.
The taste is fruity with a lovely liquorice aftertaste and it is a great drinker on its own. It is perfect for an autumn or early spring day. I have to give it a very high recommendation and it is well worth trying, even if ruby beers aren’t necessarily your thing.
I think I’m going to get a lot of stick for this review as other reviews for it seem to be quite poor but I’m going ahead with it anyway.
The beer in questions is Fire Catcher by Wychwood; a brewery I’ve enjoyed many fine beers from before. The beer is described as a dazzling golden beer and comes in at 3.5%.
Strangely for a Wychwood beer the label has no character on it! The look of the beer when poured is golden and the smell is hoppy and citrusy. The taste is very fizzy, refreshing and has light citrus tones.
Overall I found the beer very pleasant and nicely balanced. I could imagine this beer going down very well on a hot summers day.
Bath Ales is a good local favourite of mine and I have a bit of a soft spot for their beers. They recently got taken over by the St Austell Brewery, though they also make excellent beers so that should hopefully work out well.
The most recognisable and widely distributed of the Bath Ales is Gem, an amber ale at 4.8%. The label is as with all Bath Ales, distinctive and stylish. When poured it looks like a standard bitter and the smell is subtle citrusy notes with a hint of malt.
The taste is quite bitter initially but it has a nice sweetness on the after taste. It is a refreshing and easy drink; good with a BBQ or maybe as your first pint at a pub. It isn’t the best beer in the world but Gem is one that you can’t really go wrong with.
The Wild Beer Company from Somerset are an exiting young brewery with some excellent beers. They are also not afraid to do things a little bit differently, as evidenced by their use of crowdfunding – as evidenced here.
I picked up one of their beers last month – Millionaire, a slated caramel, chocolate and vanilla stout. Now I like the odd stout but they can be too heavy; also the edition of the interesting flavours both intrigued and slightly scared me!
First of all the bottle – all of their bottles have the wild/angry deer on them and are nicely colour coded for each beer. It is quite a simple look but I think very stylish. When I poured the beer it unsurprisingly looked like a stout but the smell was more caramel than chocolate, though that was still in evidence. As for the taste…it was fantastic! It was initially quite fizzy but then was very rich and smooth; I could definitely taste the slated caramel.
Overall the Millionaire by the Wild Beer Company is one of the best stouts I’ve ever had I will definitely buy again, as well as trying out the rest of their range.
My favourite type of beer is a pale ale and I’ve drunk a lot of them – Why Kick A Moo Cow by Arbor ales is right up there with some of the best of them.
Firstly from a style point of view, the label is very appealing with the silver fern of New Zealand on it, marking the beer as a New Zealand Pale Ale. You shouldn’t really pick a beer by a label but sometimes when you are faced with so much choice you have to!
The look of the beer when poured is your fairly typical pale ale look and the smell is very citrusy. The taste is also citrusy and very refreshing. Initially the taste for me made it possibly my favourite pale ale, but if you keep drinking it too quickly then it was a bit too citrusy for me.
I would buy the beer again and I would definitely have it on a hot summers day but if too much citrus doesn’t work for you, don’t go for this beer.
I’ve been travelling down to Padstow for about 20 years as my grandfather lives in one of the nearby villages. I’ve seen it go from a relatively sleepy fishing town to a thriving culinary hotspot. Not everyone agrees with the change but I personally think it is great.
Last summer I had the joy of discovering for the first time, the Padstow Brewing Company. I’d picked up a bottle or two in Wadebridge (a few miles away) and was so impressed I thought I’d pick up a few more. I visited the brewery on the outskirts of Padstow and came away with a selection of most of their types of beers.
A few of them are already my favourite but I picked up The Smoke (4.9%) for the first time in the winter and I was very impressed. It is described as a Smoked Oatmeal Stout and I couldn’t really disagree with that description!
The smell is smoky and liquorice – a combination I don’t think I’ve ever encountered before. The smell isn’t overpowering though and nowhere near as strong as the dark colour would suggest.
The taste is fantastic and very moreish. What surprised me was how refreshing it was; for a such a dark beer it was a pleasant surprise. In terms of the flavours I picked up a little bit of chocolate and liquorice, but overall just a very pleasant taste.
Unfortunately they don’t seem to sell it anymore! But if they do start to make it again, I can heartily recommend buying it.