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Beer Reviews
BrewDog Nanny State

BrewDog Nanny State

I’ve written a lot about BrewDog recently, so I thought it appropriate to actually take a look at one of their products. But not one of the usual suspects. Oh no. That would be dull. I’m going for the low alcohol beer introduced in the wake of the furore around high ABV monster Sink the...
Mont des Cats

Mont des Cats

Way back when I first started getting into beer I started a review blog, and one of my last big projects on it was a month of tasting all the Trappist beers. All of them. Well, as many as I could get my hands on – at least from each of the seven breweries. Since...
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

It’s the 4th of July, so to celebrate the independence of the former colonies I thought it only appropriate to drink a beer from Delaware, the first state to ratify the Constitution of a new, independent United States of America. Dogfish Head is a highly celebrated brewery and their flagship beer, 60 Minute IPA, is one of...
Four Brews - Marks and Spencer Beer

Four Brews – Marks and Spencer Beer

Marks and Spencer has established itself as Britain’s best supermarket for craft beers. With a range from the UK’s best breweries and some really decent American stuff, it’s a dependable source an nearly every high street. In addition to the great range from some big names, M&S sell four of their own beers, brewed under contract by Meantime,...
Camden IHL

Camden IHL

What could be better for IPA-loving, lager-reviving hipsters? Take a lager, pack it to the brim with hops and whack India in the name. That’s just what Camden IHL is. And people love it. So I’ve decided to find out what the Hells all this fuss is about. First things first: presentation. It’s a lovely...
Siren Liquid Mistress

Siren Liquid Mistress

Siren Liquid Mistress is a beautiful bright red ale described as the brewery’s “femme fatale”. Her “sensualness” is apparently “biscuit, raisins, peach and grapefruit” and “Her devious hop hit” is listed as her particular danger. It’s a deep ruby red colour. A fluffy head looks like the tinged-brown froth of coffee. Held up to the...
Siren White Tips

Siren White Tips

From Siren Craft Brew comes White IPA (now called White Tips). Funnily enough, this is a White IPA, brewed with spices and citrus peel. So I’m expecting a wit with a hop kick. I do love a bit of fusion. After a very satisfying short hiss from the bottle, the beer is a crystal clear pale gold...
The Friday Beer - Waen Snowball

The Friday Beer – Waen Snowball

Waen Snowball Beer Review Style: Stout ABV: 7.0% Beer Advocate Score: Go rate it! Rate Beer Score: Go rate it! – – – – – Waen Snowball Tasting Notes Visual: Jet black with a biscuit brown head growing then shrinking rapidly. Nose: Roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate, with sweet coconut the predominant scent. Ripe fruit, mild creamy coffee and licorice notes. Taste: Roasted coffee with a top...
The Friday Beer - Lagunitas IPA

The Friday Beer – Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA Beer Review Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2% Beer Advocate Score: 88 Rate Beer Score: Overall 94/Style 92 – – – – – Lagunitas IPA Tasting Notes Visual: Bright, clear golden with a white bubble-filled head. Nose: Tangerine, piney resins and creamy strawberry, like ice cream. Quite a muted scent, very mild aroma. Taste: Orange, grapefruit and grass. Sweet biscuity...