Currently Reviewed


96 draught beers from 57 breweries in 29 regions


and 43 bottled beers

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Wychwood Dirty Tackle

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull 

BREWED BY: Wychwood Brewery, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 4DP www.wychwood.co.uk  
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal: Brewed in February.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4%
APPEARANCE: Amber coloured with a white foamy head.
FLAVOUR: Very highly hopped, though the maltiness is also very evident to provide a very bitter pint that also has a sweet caramel flavour too. There are nutty and pine overtones.
APPEAL: REGULAR. This beer has both a refreshing hoppy bite, and a malt richness combined. Very drinkable.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Milestone Dark Galleon

This beer sampled at: Walter's Bar, Scale Lane, Hull 
 
BREWED BY: Milestone Brewery, Great North Road, Cromwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JE
www.milestonebrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round. Bottled version also available.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.4%
APPEARANCE: Very dark ruby, with a thin though creamy white head.
FLAVOUR: Liquorice aromas are detectable well before the first taste. Rich and malty with an overlying liquorice flavour. other flavours: nuts, spice, raisins & chocolate are also detectable. Any slight bitterness is very understated and is eclipsed by the various other flavours.
APPEAL: OCCASIONAL. A strong rich unusual brew that provides an interesting and pleasant occasional treat. The overall liquorice character though, prevents it appealing to me as a regular tipple.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Brains SA


This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: SA Brain & Co Ltd, The Cardiff Brewery, Crawshay Street, Cardiff CF10 1SP www.sabrain.com
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.2% (1 pint = 2.4 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Dark amber in colour, with a thick white bubbly head. 
FLAVOUR: Moderately hopped with a slight tannin edge to the bitterness; Refreshingly clean tasting with a sharp citrus tang and no evident sweetness at all.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A decent refreshing bitter.

Kelham Island Atomic Blondie


This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull 
BREWED BY: Kelham Island Brewery, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8SA www.kelhambrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: A monthly special; available for a short time from April 2012
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 6.0% (1 pint = 3.4 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Not quite blonde, more a very light amber; thick white creamy head that lasts through the entire pint.
FLAVOUR: Dry, medium hopped, but very smooth, almost to the point of being creamy. Underlying fruit & nut  flavours are also detectable.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Very quaffable despite its strength.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Exe Valley Exeter Old Bitter

This beer sampled at: The William Wilberforce, Trinity House Lane, Hull

BREWED BY: Exe Valley Brewery, Land Farm, Silverton, Devon EX5 4HF
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.8% (1 pint = 2.7 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Very dark amber; tight white head.
FLAVOUR: Nutty & malty though smooth and not over sweet. Very subtly hopped, so the bitterness hardly comes through and then more as an aftertaste. There are floral and slightly fruity overtones, though these don't really infringe too much on the highlight maltiness.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Seems like a candidate for a session brew due to its soft smoothness, though its strength may prove it to be a little hard to handle in an extended session

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Kelham Island Pride Of Sheffield

This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull

BREWED BY: Kelham Island Brewery, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8SA www.kelhambrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.0% (2.3 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Blonde with a hint of amber; tight white head. 
FLAVOUR: Clean, sharp and bitter. The hoppy bitterness is compliented by a citrus tang. No sign of any sweetness whatsoever, but likewise, no trace of tannin in the bitterness, which leads to a very refreshing, thirst quenching ale.
APPEAL: REGULAR. One to quench the thirst on the hottest of days.

Bateman's XB Bitter

This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull

BREWED BY: George Bateman and Son Ltd. Salem Bridge Brewery, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire PE24 4JE www.bateman.co.uk 
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 3.7% (1 pint = 2.1 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Mid amber in colour; with a thick, white, creamy head.
FLAVOUR: A smooth nutty bitter with a surprising bite in the aftertaste. There's a tangy bitterness that's purely hop based, there being no citrus or roasted malt tones detectable. The nutty background flavour hits the tongue a little after the initial bitterness to provide a pleasant surprise.
APPEAL: REGULAR. A pleasant light well balanced bitter.

Sadler's RedHouse Mild

This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull 
 
BREWED BY: Sadlers Ales Brewery, 7 Stourbridge Road, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 7DG
www.sadlerssales.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.0% (1 pint = 2.3 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Almost black, but with rich ruby highlights; a creamy but somewhat sparse coffee coloured head.
FLAVOUR: Smooth and 'sweetish' with a slight background flavour of chocolate. A roasted malt bitterness is present that doesn't interfere with the beer's overall smoothness. There's also a sharp bitterness that comes through at times that makes this reminiscent of a dry Irish stout.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A nice steady dark mild with a welcome bite.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Lymestone Stone The Crows

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Lymestone Brewery, The Old Brewery, Mount Road, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8LL www.lymestonebrewery.co.uk 
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.4% (1 pint = 3.1 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, almost black, but with ruby coloured tones. Head is thinnish and cream coloured.
FLAVOUR: Bitter-sweet with a roasted, almost burnt malt bitterness blended with vine fruit sweetness and citrus fruit tang.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A dark ale, with hints of a dry stout (though not quite as bitter,) or of a porter.

Wentworth Bumble Beer

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Wentworth Brewery, The Power House Gun Park, Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S62 7TF www.wentworthbrewery.co.uk 
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.3% (1 pint = 2.4 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Golden in colour, with a white, bubbly head.
FLAVOUR: A nice balance of citrus bitterness with smooth, but solid sweetness. There's a fruity tang left on the palate. This ale is supposedly brewed with seasonal honey, though it's a little disappointing that there's no trace of honey flavour nor aroma.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Very refreshing without being overly sharp or bitter.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Bateman's Victory Ale

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: George Bateman and Son Ltd. Salem Bridge Brewery, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire PE24 4JE www.bateman.co.uk 
AVAILABILITY: Seasonably available from autumn, but also produced intermittently at other times of the year. (Bottled version also available: 6.0%)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.9% (1 pint = 3.4 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Mid to dark amber in colour, with a thick, white, bubbly head.
FLAVOUR: A beautiful blend of hops and malt in perfect balance. The taste will remind you of every beer you've ever remembered with relish. Flavours abound: citrus fruit, floral tones, spice, nuts and pine - all delicately blended to complement each other perfectly. Advertised as a pale ale, but it's much more than that.
APPEAL: REGULAR. The greatest testimonial I can give to this beer is to say that it would be my ale of choice, no matter whatever other beers were on offer alongside it.

Daleside Monkey Wrench

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Daleside Brewery Ltd, Camwal Road, Harrogate, HG1 4PT www.dalesidebrewery.com
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round; bottled variety also available.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3% (1 pint = 3.0 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Dark mahogany in colour with a thin, white, short-lived head.
FLAVOUR: Rich and malty; sweet but not overly so; slightly spiced and subtly hopped so that only a background bitterness is detectable. Hints of dates and raisins are evident in the aftertaste. Very, very moreish.
APPEAL: REGULAR. Rich, smooth and semi-sweet; seems to caress the tongue.

Friday, 11 March 2011

O'Hanlon's Port Stout

This beer sampled at: The Zachariah Pearson, Beverley Road, Hull

BREWED BY: O'Hanlon's Brewing Company Ltd, Great Barton Farm, Whimple, Devon  EX5 2NY
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round; bottled variety also available.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.8% (1 pint = 2.7 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Almost black, except for a ruby glow. Bubbly coffee coloured head.
FLAVOUR: Rich and creamy with well balanced roasted malt and hop flavours. Distinctive spice and liquorice background, with coffee and caramel aftertastes.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A rich, very drinkable, semi-dry, semi-sweet stout.

Ramsbury Brewery Kennet Valley

This beer sampled at: The Zachariah Pearson, Beverley Road, Hull

BREWED BY: The Ramsbury Brewery, Priory Farm, Axford, Marlborough, Wiltshire  SN8 2HA www.ramsburybrewery.com
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.1% (1 pint = 2.3 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Slightly cloudy, golden blonde, with a thinnish bubbly head.
FLAVOUR: Aromas both floral and fruity with hints of green tea, hit the nose even before the first taste. A very fruity bitterness is evident with only a slight sweetness present.There are floral aftertastes, specifically of jasmine, that bring out the green tea again in the aftertaste.
APPEAL: OCCASIONAL. The fruity bitterness is pleasant, but the floral flavours are a little too pronounced for my own personal taste.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Jennings Cocker Hoop

This beer sampled at: The Duke of Cumberland, Market Green, Cottingham

BREWED BY: Jennings Brewery, Castle Brewery, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9NE
 www.jenningsbrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, year-round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.6% (1 pint = 2.6 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Light golden, with a creamy white head.
FLAVOUR: Quite heavily hopped; bitter, but with a citrus background flavour. The bitterness lacks any kind of sharpness, instead providing a gentle dryness that makes this a very smooth, easily drinkable bitter.
APPEAL: REGULAR. Smooth, dry and fruity.

Marston's Double Drop

This beer sampled at: The Duke of Cumberland, Market Green, Cottingham

BREWED BY: Marston's Beer Company Limited c/o Marston's PLC. Marston's House, Brewery Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4JT
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round. Bottled version also available (5.0%)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 3.8% (1 pint = 2.2 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Light amber; very thick, dense white head.
FLAVOUR: A nice blend of roasted malt and hops presents a nutty bitty flavour with hints of sweetness. There's an aftertaste of caramel and vague hints of coffee.
APPEAL: REGULAR. Refreshingly bitter with a distinctive character.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Thornbridge Jaipur India Pale Ale

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Thornbridge Brewery, Riverside Brewery, Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1GS
www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round. Bottled version also available.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.9% (1 pint = 3.4 UK units)
APPEARANCE: A light golden blonde colour, with a bubbly almost marbled head.
FLAVOUR: Fruit abounds: grapefruit and tangerine flavours are foremost against a canvas of very bitter hops. Numerous other fruit flavours tantalise the tongue with the tastes of lemon, orange and lime, and the merest suggestions of more exotic, tropical fruits. An underlying sweetness spars with the tang of the fruit and occasionally wins through, in the aftertaste at least.
APPEAL: REGULAR. Probably the most refreshing pale ale I've ever tried. This is how all 'blonde' beers should be.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Marston's Sweet Chariot

This beer sampled at: King Edward IV, Hallgate, Cottingham

BREWED BY: Marston's Beer Company Limited c/o Marston's PLC. Marston's House, Brewery Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4JT
AVAILABILITY: Occasional brew; in 2011 this will be brewed during February and September only.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.8% (1 pint = 2.7 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Reddish amber in colour, with a thick, tight creamy head.
FLAVOUR: A medium hopped bitter with a fruity tang and aftertastes, both nutty and slightly peppery. The malt is understated, so only a semi-sweetness is detectable (despite the name.) Leaves a very dry sensation on the palate after the swallow. The pint I had was very cold; the flavour would probably benefit from not being quite so well chilled.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Bitter and very refreshing..

Monday, 28 February 2011

Milestone Gamekeeper

This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull 
 
BREWED BY: Milestone Brewery, Great North Road, Cromwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JE
www.milestonebrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Unknown.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.2% (1 pint = 3.0 UK units)
APPEARANCE: An amber coloured ale with a bubbly white head.
FLAVOUR: Perhaps this is a new addition to Milestone's range, or perhaps they just don't keep their product details up-to-date online, but there's no reference to this beer on their website, hence the missing availability data. It's a shame because this should be an ale to brag about. It's strong, full-bodied and exceptionally well hopped. This bitter is VERY bitter, so might not be to the taste of someone who insists on a sweeter, maltier brew. Apart from the intense hoppiness, background flavours abound: citrus fruits, pepper, not to mention the roasted malt, all feature.
APPEAL: REGULAR. A superior bitter, refreshing and exceptionally tasty. Definitely recommended.

Great Newsome Stone Creek

This beer sampled at: Walter's Bar, Scale Lane, Hull

BREWED BY: The Great Newsome Brewery, Great Newsome Farm, South Frodingham, Winestead, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU12 0NR
AVAILABILITY: Brewed only in February, probably not available after mid-March
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.4% (1 pint = 2.5 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Light golden colour with a thin white head.
FLAVOUR: A medium hopped bitterness with citrus overtones is balanced well with an almost caramel maltiness. Sold as a pale ale, but more closely resembles a bitter or a malt all.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Smooth and well balanced.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Theakston's Black Bull Bitter

This beer sampled at: Oscar's Bar, Silver Street, Hull

BREWED BY: T&R Theakston Ltd, The Brewery, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4YD www.theakstons.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 3.9% (1 pint = 2.2 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Light bronze in colour with a thin white head.
FLAVOUR: A slight lemony bitterness, with very little malt flavour, and basically that's about it. No background flavours detectable and very little body. A beer with no real character. It's refreshing, but lacks any real flavour. Not much better than a keg bitter or even than a lager.
APPEAL: OCCASIONAL. Very disappointing. I try not review an ale if it means I have to give it a bad review, but from experience I expect more from Theakstons and I know they are capable of much better than this..

Slater's Premium Bitter

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Slater's Ales Ltd, St Albans Road, Common Road Industrial Estate, Stafford ST16 3DR www.slatersales.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.4% (1 pint = 2.5 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Amber coloured; the white bubbly head dispersed rapidly.
FLAVOUR: Hops and malt blend well to a solid flavour that's neither sweet nor particularly bitter, but is a well balanced combination; however, separate background flavours of caramel and of fruit are detectable in the aftertaste.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A refreshing, bright, clear brew.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Bridge of Allan Lomond Gold

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Bridge of Allan Brewery, The Brewhouse, Queens Lane, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire FK9 4NY www.bridgeofallan.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.0% (1 pint = 2.8 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Very pale gold with a short-lived white bubbly head.
FLAVOUR: Not particularly highly hopped; the bitterness is mainly citrus in style, but this is overpowered almost entirely by the heavily floral sweetness. Sold as a blonde ale, this has all the characteristics of an India pale ale, the floral signature being almost pine like, and lingering on the palatte for a long time after the swallow.
APPEAL: OCCASIONAL. Slightly too floral for my liking, at the expense of the bitterness, though should appeal to those who prefer a flowery aromatic pale ale.

Cotleigh Long Eared Owl

This beer sampled at: The Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Hull

BREWED BY: Cotleigh Brewery Ltd, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, Somerset TA4 2RE www.cotleighbrewery.com
AVAILABILITY: originally exclusive to Wetherspoons beer festival of 2009, but now generally available all year round as one of Cotleigh's 'community support' brews. Sales of this beer generate donations to the Hawk and Owl Trust
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.9% (1 pint = 2.8 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Copper coloured with a thick solid white head.
FLAVOUR:  Highly hopped with a slight tannin dryness. What little malt there is imparts no sweetness whatsoever; there are floral background flavours in the aftertaste, coupled with a citrus peel tartness.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. Very bitter, floral and fruity.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Ossett Brewery South Pacific IPA

This beer sampled at: The William Wilberforce, Trinity House Lane, Hull

BREWED BY: Ossett Brewing Company Limited, Kings Yard, Low Mill Road, Ossett, West Yorkshire WF5 8ND www.ossett-brewery.co.uk 
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal: brewed in January; available from January until supplies  are exhausted.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.0% (1 pint = 2.8 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Straw coloured with a white bubbly head.
FLAVOUR: Light, dry and bitter with a lemon and slightly peppery flavour; there is very little malt evident; the bitterness seems to be a subtle blend between citrus tones and typical hoppy dryness.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A strong pale ale with a lemony, almost spicy character.

Robinson's Hannibal's Nectar

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Frederic Robinsons, Unicorn Brewery, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1JJ www.frederic-robinson.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal: only available during February/March
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 3.9% (1 pint = 2.2 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Ruby coloured with a cream coloured marbled head.
FLAVOUR: A rich and powerful flavour that belies it's alcoholic content. A flavour of port wine is dominant, complimented by the medium hoppy bitterness. Background flavours of raisins and dates are also present.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A brew full of surprises. Would be REGULAR if not for the availability.

Kelham Island Pale Rider

This beer sampled at: The Three John Scotts, Lowgate, Hull

BREWED BY: Kelham Island Brewery, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8SA www.kelhambrewery.co.uk
AVAILABILITY: Generally available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.2% (1 pint = 3.0 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Golden blonde in colour, with an intensely white bubbly head. 
FLAVOUR: Solidly bitter without being dry. No detectable sweetness.  Very subtle flavours of both citrus and vine fruits. Aftertaste is mainly that of walnuts, with very faint pine resin hints.
APPEAL: REGULAR. Good, solid and refreshing.

Saltaire Triple Chocoholic

This beer sampled at: Walter's Bar, Scale Lane, Hull  

BREWED BY: Saltaire Brewery, County Works, Dockfield Road, Shipley, BF17 7AR www.saltairebrewery.co.uk  
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal. Normally only available in winter, but occasionally produced at other times depending on demand. Bottled version also available.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 4.8% (1 pint = 2.7 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Jet black with a  coffee coloured head
FLAVOUR: Aromas of coffee and of drinking chocolate. This is clearly a stout, though of the old 'cream stout' variety rather than the more common dry 'irish' stout type. The flavour of semi-bitter chocolate is prominent, but without any added sweetness to override the basic cream stout taste. If you're expecting something to remind you of childhood days, munching on chocolate bars, you'll be disappointed, as the chocolate flavour in this beer is more subtle, more sophisticated and a much more 'grown up' chocolate taste.
APPEAL: OCCASIONAL. Certainly one for chocolate lovers, and will appeal to those who enjoy sweeter stouts.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Banks & Taylor Shefford Old Strong (SOS)

This beer sampled at: The William Wilberforce, Trinity House Lane, Hull

BREWED BY: B & T Brewery, The Brewery, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5DZ
AVAILABILITY: Generally Available, all year round.
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.0% (1 pint = 2.8 UK units)
APPEARANCE: Mid-amber with a solid, though light head..
FLAVOUR: Very malty with a slightly spicy aftertaste; background flavours are of apple and white pepper, with a faint hint of banana. The hops take a little while to emerge from behind the sweetness of the malt, but when they do, the bitterness is reminiscent of that from citrus peel, lacking the dryness of other, more heavily hopped beers.
APPEAL: FREQUENT. A curious blend of flavours adds up to an enjoyable pint.