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Re: Real ale

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:38 am

I had some Marston's EPA at my local crappy chain pub yesterday (Went there with work for a small Christmas do.) I wasn't expecting much but it was actually lovely!

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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:35 am

I was really looking forward to Thornstar, the 'dark IPA' brewed in collaboration between Thornbridge and Dark Star, because everything I've ever tasted by Thornbridge and Dark Star has been amazing. But Thornstar seemed really dull and flat when I had some last week. I dunno if it was just a not very good pint of it. I mean it was served way too cold. But that Cask place where I had it is supposed to be dead good.

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Re: Real ale

Post by moopind » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:53 am

I had a lovely pint of it at The Tap on Monday last week. It just tasted very Thornbridgey though.
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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:08 am

moopind wrote:I had a lovely pint of it at The Tap on Monday last week. It just tasted very Thornbridgey though.
They should start adding that to the tasting notes.

"A powerfully citrus aroma with a strong, rounded finish, and added notes of cappuccino, lavender and Thornbridgeyness."

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Re: Real ale

Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:37 am

They had Punk IPA on draught in the Hand & Heart the other day ... I couldn't have any because I was driving ... gah.
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Re: Real ale

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:09 pm

Uncle Ants wrote:They had Punk IPA on draught in the Hand & Heart the other day ... I couldn't have any because I was driving ... gah.
i've heard a few folk say that the draught stuff isn't up to much, actually, so maybe you didn't miss out too much!

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Re: Real ale

Post by Uncle Ants » Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:31 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:i've heard a few folk say that the draught stuff isn't up to much, actually, so maybe you didn't miss out too much!
Maybe. They had an IPA from The Full Mash Brewery (my local Stabbo brewery, run out of a guys garden shed) that topped 6% ... couldn't have that either.
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Re: Real ale

Post by Silver Girl » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:01 pm

I would recommend Farmers Belgian Blue, it's rather nice and an appealingly quirky colour.
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Re: Real ale

Post by tryanother » Tue May 10, 2011 10:20 am

Should try Milkwood if you find it,not sure what brewery make's it,but anything named after Dylan Thomas can quench my thirst anytime!. Also Try any of the brew-dog beer's,all utterly awesome! and lethal
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Re: Real ale

Post by Damian » Tue May 10, 2011 12:35 pm

Another amber ale but especially chocolate orange stout. Their brewery tap is near indietracks and actually on the way if you get the bus and walk to the station! They have a whole selection of their own stuff.

Thornbridge Kipling is utterly excellent as well. The current Castle Rock wildlife beer (whose name escapes me for the moment). I had Boggart Ray Of Sunshine recently which was (as the name suggests) a fine pale. It's not a patch on their rum porter, but it's still excellent.

Oh Springhead's Bramley Apple as well, and their Leveller (especially that one) in fact just all of the Springhead beers.

As for bottled beer, Hopping Hare the seasonal Badger one is great too.

There's a whole crop of good ales abounding at the minute.

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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Tue May 10, 2011 1:18 pm

Best I've had this year so far is Simcoe IPA from the Acorn Brewery in Barnsley. Bloody delectable.

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Re: Real ale

Post by Colin » Tue May 10, 2011 2:18 pm

Damian wrote:Thornbridge Kipling is utterly excellent as well.
That's a beer I'd really like to try but I've never seen it. The name makes me think it would taste like cherry bakewells.

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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Tue May 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Has anyone tried any of these new generation keg ales? I had the keg version of Kipling a few months back, and something out of a keg from the Meantime Brewery in London.

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Re: Real ale

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue May 10, 2011 2:36 pm

humblebee wrote:Has anyone tried any of these new generation keg ales? I had the keg version of Kipling a few months back, and something out of a keg from the Meantime Brewery in London.
I think the EPA I mentioned at the top of the page is one. As I said I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was, especially given the crappy pub in which I tried it.

Edit: It's "Fastcask" which apparently still counts as cask beer under CAMRA rules...

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Re: Real ale

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue May 10, 2011 3:23 pm

I was drinking A LOT of EPA a while back. There's a couple of pubs near my office selling it (terrible, horrible pubs) and it's vegan. It gets a bit sickly, though. I've not had a pint of that in ages.
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Re: Real ale

Post by Damian » Tue May 10, 2011 5:09 pm

humblebee wrote:Has anyone tried any of these new generation keg ales? I had the keg version of Kipling a few months back, and something out of a keg from the Meantime Brewery in London.
Aye, I went to a cask ale festival at the Canalhouse in Nottingham back in Feb. 50 odd pumps they had on one long bar, can't quite remember what they all were; but I'm pretty certain that there was a honey one and it was Fuller's honeydew. Tasted way better then out of a bottle, I know that.

COLIN - if you ever do see it the Kipling you should definitely try it. Whilst it might not be exactly cherry bakewellesque it's definitely fruity enough to make up for it.

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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Tue May 10, 2011 5:12 pm

OK, now my next question, for those of you who *have* tried one of the new keg beers: did it make you piss like a racehorse?

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Re: Real ale

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu May 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Colin wrote:
Damian wrote:Thornbridge Kipling is utterly excellent as well.
That's a beer I'd really like to try but I've never seen it. The name makes me think it would taste like cherry bakewells.
The Society Room on West George (?) St often has it. Horrible pub though.
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Re: Real ale

Post by humblebee » Thu May 12, 2011 12:44 pm

Sootyzilla wrote:The Society Room on West George (?) St often has it. Horrible pub though.
Hello stranger. How's your Glasgow Beer Week project shaping up?

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Re: Real ale

Post by Sootyzilla » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:29 pm

Knackering, hence why I am only replying now.
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