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I'm often asked what beer I would recommend, my reply has always been "sorry I can't, all palates are different - taste them and make up your own mind." It doesn't sound that helpful a response but having spent many years travelling and supping all kinds of brews, a taster will get you past the problem I experienced of having a pint in front of you, bought with your own hard-earned cash and feeling upset as you really couldn't stomach finishing the beer.

You can help those still in a quandary by adding your own beer comments and there's guidance from CAMRA & Cask Marque along with some notes from Roger Protz (Good Beer Guide) below. Here is information on how beer and cider is actually brewed from WikiPedia. To help you distinguish between Welsh and other cider & perry varieties we've used the Welsh forms for Seidr and Perai! Press here for CAMRAs NBSS (see below).

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Marquis Bitter 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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Marquis Bitter (3.8%abv) is a delicious beer from Brewster's Brewery in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

A SIBA award winning session bitter with a golden tawny colour. It has a light maltiness perfectly balanced by a dry hoppy finish

Named after the Marquis of Granby from the nearby Belvoir Castle.

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XXX 4.3% PDF Print E-mail
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At 4.3% XXX is described as a renowned beer brewed from a recipe passed down by the Roberts family who owned the brewery for several generations; a pale-straw-coloured, premium bitter with simple, light malty-sweetness, delicately balanced with light bitterness of floral, earthy character.  We like it very much!

Three Tuns XXX is brewed in the oldest licensed brewery in the UK. A brewing licence at the site was first granted in 1642 in the small market town of Bishop’s Castle, on the Shropshire/Welsh border.

 
Harvest Pale 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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Castle RockHarvest Pale at 3.8% from Nottingham based Castle Rock brewery was crowned CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2010 and it sure drinks like it! Described by esteemed beer writer Roger Protz as… “The finest blond beer I’ve drunk in many a year”, Harvest Pale is brewed with a gently-kilned malt, and an aromatic blend of American hops added during the brewing process gives this 3.8% alc pale beer exceptional poise. Its distinct hop flavour leads to a crisp finish.

Harvest Pale has firmly established itself as Castle Rock’s Flagship Beer. SIBA National Champion Bitter 2004, Champion Bitter of Britain 2007 and Champion Beer of Britain 2010.

 
Steerage 3.5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageSteerage (3.5% abv) brewed at the Titanic Brewery in Stoke-on-Trent

Steerage passengers paid the least to travel aboard the Titanic but still found themselves surrounded by luxury they could never have dreamed of. This beer embodies the opulence that using only the finest ingredients brings, sit back relax and enjoy the trip that this refreshing clean drinking, hoppy golden bitter brings, then let the fruit, malt and predominantly hops carry through to the aftertaste.

STYLELIGHT QUAFFING ALE
see BRIGHT AND LIGHT GOLD
smell HOPPY
taste FRESH AND CRISP WITH MASSES OF HOPPY FINISH
BITTERBitterness 8 out of 5
SWEETSweetness 2 out of 5

Click Read More to see how many gongs this award winning beer has won!

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Wild River 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageFuller's Wild River at 4.5% is riding the wave of the US craft beer movement, Wild River is an exciting take on American Pale Ale. It’s a double-hopped brew made with several Californian hops – a golden beer inspired by The Golden State.

Using pale malt only, with no darker crystal malt for colour or flavour Fullers have stepped away from their usual traditional British ingredients to use four hops: Cascade, Chinook, Liberty and Willamette from the West Coast of the United States.

Roger Protz says - The pale gold beer has a big citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange peel and fresh lemons, with tart hop resins and biscuit malt. There is massive bitterness in both the mouth and the finish with tangy citrus fruit and a quinine-like bitterness from the hops. It’s finally dry and superbly refreshing.

Fullers head brewer John Keeling describes Wild River as “the gin and tonic of the beer world”.

Information from Protz On Beer.

 
Theakstons Best 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageBest Bitter 3.8% abv. A refreshing and very satisfying pint brewed by Theakstons in Masham, N. Yorkshire and one of the landlords favourites.
ImageSee: Golden

ImageSmell: Clean, fruit hop, malt

ImageTaste: Subtle, complex and refreshing

The definitive English Bitter. This fine, golden coloured beer, now restored to 3.8% ABV, has a full flavour that lingers pleasantly on the palate. With a good bitter-sweet balance this beer has a robust hop character described as citrus and spicy. It's a refreshing and very satisfying pint – noted for the aroma of its Fuggles and dry hopping strain Golding to add it characteristic Theakston aroma.
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You might wish to use the new beer scoring system from CAMRA. It goes like this...

CAMRA has a new online National Beer Scoring Scheme (NBSS). The NBSS is a six point scale (0-5) for judging beer quality in pubs that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the bestselling Good Beer Guide. In the past CAMRA members filled in cards to rate the beer in a pub and then submitted the entries to CAMRA, but now they are able to fill the details in online at www.beerscoring.org.uk - making the process quicker and easier than ever before.

CAMRA members will be asked to examine the look, smell, and taste of each beer before offering their evaluation. The scores are:

0 = Undrinkable: No cask ale or the quality is so poor you can't finish it.

1 = Poor: Barely drinkable

2 = Average: Competently kept but uninspiring.

3 = Good: Good beer in good form. Worth another pint.

4 = Very Good: Excellent beer in excellent condition, another pint is a must.

5 = Perfect: Very rarely given by the seasoned drinker. Probably the best beer you are likely to find.

Should you feel like waxing lyrical, Roger Protz kindly let us reproduce some tasting notes for your guidence below...

Table courtesy of the Cask Marque Trust
Term
Description
Sweet
Sugary
Bitter
Tonic Water, Quinine
Hoppy
Floral, Grassy, Citrus
Tropical/Soft Fruits
Peach, Pineapple, Banana
Malty
Toffee, Horlicks, Biscuit
Burnt
Coffee, Burnt Toast
Body
Fullness, Thick
Alcoholic
Spirit, Warming
The Language of Beer

Nose: the aroma. Gently swirl the beer to release the nose. You will detect malt: grainy, biscuity sappy. When darker malts are employed the nose will have powerful hints of chocolate, coffee, nuts, vanilla, liquorice, molasses and such dried fruits as raisins and sultanas. Hops add superb aromas of resins, herbs, spices, fresh-mown grass and tart citrus fruit - lemon and orange are typical with intense grapefruit hints from American varieties. Sulphur may also be present when waters are 'Burtonised': i.e. gypsum and magnesium have been added to replicate the famous spring waters of Burton-on-Trent.


Palate:
the appeal in the mouth. The tongue can detect sweetness, bitterness and saltiness as the beer passes over it. The rich flavours of malt will come to the fore but hop bitterness will also make a substantial impact. The tongue will also pick out the natural saltiness from the brewing water and fruit from the darker malts, yeast and hops. Citrus notes often have a major impact on the palate.

Finish:
A decade in the Good Beer Guide!the aftertaste, as the beer goes over the tongue and down the throat. The finish is often radically different to the nose. The aroma may be dominated by malt whereas hop flavours and bitterness can govern the finish. Darker malts will make their presence felt with roasty, chocolate or coffee notes; fruit character will linger. Strong beers may end on a sweet or biscuity note but in mainstream bitters, bitterness and dryness come to the fore.

ROGER PROTZ
Editor Good Beer Guide
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