Currently Reviewed


96 draught beers from 57 breweries in 29 regions


and 43 bottled beers

Welcome

All of the beers reviewed in the posts of the 'Draught Beers' page of this blog are draught, cask-conditioned ales, available within the UK.

I appreciate that different people have different tastes, so I've tried to review each beer, rather than try to judge it. Hopefully the reviews are objective, and informative enough to make you want to try the beers yourself.

This sidebar contains an alphabetical list of all of the beers reviewed. You can go straight to the review you want, just by clicking on the name of the beer.

There are various cross references within this sidebar, so that you can select beers by type, by brewery, by region, by strength & by appeal. Selecting and clicking on one of the categories will display only beers within that category.

Each review consists of the following items:

BREWED BY: Name and address of the brewery that produces the ale in question. The breweries web address will be included for information whenever possible.

AVAILABILITY: Most of the beers reviewed will be available at various pub outlets in the UK. Some may be only available regionally, some may be seasonally produced products only.

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: The percentage ABV as advertised by the brewery on the pump clip.

APPEARANCE: What it looks like, as observed: Mainly colour and head quality.

FLAVOUR: What really counts. A general description of the taste of the brew; as objective as I can make it, though different palates may detect different flavours.

APPEAL: Possibly the least objective of the review items here. I offer my opinion as to the lasting appeal of the brew, whether I would personally treat it as a session beer or a once in a while treat. I've categorised these as REGULAR, FREQUENT & OCCASIONAL. This ISN'T a comment on quality, neither is it necessarily always an expression of my own personal preference, since even some of my favourite beers are brews I'd only drink occasionally. I won't ever recommend or review a consistently bad ale here, because it isn't my place to judge, except by way of not recommending. I'll always try to explain my opinion.

Of course if you have experience of any of the reviewed beers yourself, I'd like you to share your opinion, either by clicking one of the 'OPINIONS' buttons, or by adding more extensive comments of your own; (just click on 'COMMENTS'.)

Guest Reviews Invited

I'd like to invite people to submit guest reviews of ales for inclusion on the 'Over The Bar' blog. Reviews should be brief, comprehensive and above all, objective.

Please write your review in terms of the categories: APPEARANCE, FLAVOUR and APPEAL. (Guidelines can be found above) I'm expecting subjective opinions to creep into the APPEAL category, but please remember to emphasize this point as your own personal opinion. Remember we're reviewing beers, not judging them. Don't worry too much about submitting the information for BREWED BY, AVAILABILITY and ALCOHOL BY VOLUME; you can do if you wish, but as long as you give me the brewery name and the name of the beer, I'll be able to check online to verify these, especially brewery contact details.

Please email your submissions to overthebar@live.co.uk Remember to include your full name, so that I can credit you as author of the review. Additionally, if you'd like a shout out for the pub where you sampled the ale reviewed, remember to include the pub name and town so that I can acknowledge it.

Some thoughts...

Wine enthusiasts are often described as connoisseurs, but only a beer enthusiast can ever be called an 'artist'. (At least I've been accused of being one, on numerous occasions!)

Drink responsibly: Be sure not to spill any!

How do lager louts get drunk, when they leave most of their pint unfinished & abandoned on top of quiz machines?

It's nice to enjoy a beer at home, though having draught isn't easy. Buying a 72 pint firkin or even a 36 pint pin is a bit much when all you fancy is a quick half.

A representative of one of the big brewers once claimed, during a debate on TV that "Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of the brewing process, so there's nothing wrong with pumping it into our beers" to which the CAMRA representive present replied: "Well, pig shit is a natural byproduct of pigs, but I don't expect it to be served up with my roast pork!"

aleisation -noun The feeling of waking up in the morning and suddenly becoming aware that you have some beer left over from the night before.
deja brew -noun The overwhelming feeling that somewhere, at some time, though you can't remember where or when, you've somehow got drunk on this beer before.