Beer

Elgood's Warrior


5.5% alc./vol.
Producer: Elgood's, Wisbech, England

A traditional English 'ESB' bitter ale, Warrior is made using Pale Ale, Amber and Crystal malt combined with Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles English hops.

Appearance: (28-Jan-13) Clear, dark coppery amber with thin off-white head.
Aroma: Wholemeal bread with burnt caramel, faint liquorice and subtle green hops.
Taste: Mildly bitter/sweet easy session ale with burnt caramel/toffee and earthy hops.
Aftertaste: Burnt caramel with mildly bitter green hops.
diffordsguide rating: 3.5/5

Elgood's Black Dog||
3.6% alc./vol.
Producer: Elgood & Sons, North Brink Brewery, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1LN, England

Black Dog is a cask conditioned traditional English dark mild. A blend of Crystal Malt and Roast Barley is combined with Fuggles as the sole variety of hop. It's one of the breweries best-known beers behind their Cambridge Bitter, and is available draught and bottled.

Appearance: (28-Jul-13) Pitch black with thin but big bubbled beige head.
Aroma: Earthy burnt toffee, spent coal and dark roasted espresso coffee with hay, Bovril and liquorice.
Taste: Espresso and mocha coffee with hazelnuts and caramel.
Aftertaste: Espresso coffee, dark bitter chocolate and bread crust.
diffordsguide rating: 3.5/5

Witkap-Pater Stimulo||
6% alc./vol.
Producer: Brouwerij Slaghmuylder, Denderhoutembaan 2, 9400, Ninove, Belgium

The most popular beer from the Slagmuylder Brewery, this Belgian pale ale is the lightest of its Trappist-style brews and has a high fermentation temperature of 22°C, remaining at this heat for 5 days then reduced to 5° and aged for 4 weeks. When bottled it is dosed with sugar and yeast.

Appearance: (best before Sep-13) Cloudy, pale straw yellow with moderate long lasting off-white head.
Aroma: Yeasty hay, white bread crust and faint lemon zest and bad eggs.
Taste: Sour dough, white pepper, dusty cloves and faint banana and lemon.
Aftertaste: White peppery delicately spiced malty finish.
diffordsguide rating: 4/5

Witkap-Pater Tripel||
7.5% alc./vol.
Producer: Brouwerij Slaghmuylder, Denderhoutembaan 2, 9400, Ninove, Belgium

This brew is a Belgian Abbey-style Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder brewery which is available all year round. It's a top fermenting beer made using English Golding hops from East Kent.

Appearance: (best before Sept-13) Cloudy, pale straw yellow with a huge white head which diminishes to leave a fluffy mound and ring of foam with moderate lacing.
Aroma: Yeasty pear flesh and white pepper with light clove spice.
Taste: Dry, crusty white bread with earthy white pepper and delicate clove spiced hops.
Aftertaste: Yeasty clove finish.
diffordsguide rating: 4.5/5

St Austell Admiral's Ale


5% alc./vol.
Producer: St Austell Brewery Co. Ltd, 63 Trevarthian Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4BV, England.

This bottle-conditioned English pale ale ale was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at the battle of Trafalgar. It is made using Cornish Gold malt with Styrian Golding and Cascade hops.

Appearance: (best before 15-Jun-13) Clear, deep coppery amber with virtually no head.
Aroma: Caramel, baguette crust and faint floral aroma.
Taste: Caramel and raisin bready malt with stronger floral notes than the nose suggested and hint of nuts.
Aftertaste: Orange marmalade and caramel.
diffordsguide rating: 4/5

Fuller's Chiswick Bitter||
3.5% alc./vol.
Producer: Fuller's Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London, England

Named after the area of London where Fuller's is based, Chiswick Bitter is brewed using Pale ale and Crystal Malts with Northdown and Challenger hops. Target is used as a bittering hop and then this is later dry hopped with Goldings. In 1999, Fuller's made improvements to this beer's brewing process.

Appearance: (best before 23-Feb-13) Clear, burnished coppery amber with virtually no head.
Aroma: Subdued nose with earthy grassy hay, nettles and caramel malt. Slightly soapy floral note.
Taste: Moderately bitter session ale with tart citrus notes and floral hops.
Aftertaste: Hop bitterness more obvious on the finish with lingering citrus zest oils. All this really lacks is some punch but its low alcohol content could also be its appeal.
diffordsguide rating: 3.5/5

Anchor Humming Ale||
5.9% alc./vol.
Producer: Anchor Brewing/Distilling Company, San Francisco, California,

Humming Ale is made using the same traditional methods as the brewery's Liberty Ale, both are made using pale malt, are naturally carbonated by 'bunging' and both are dry-hopped but Humming Ale differentiates in its use of a New Zealand hop called Nelson Sauvin.

The name is an ancient beer term which was used to describe strong effervescent ale. Humming Ale was created for Anchor Brewing's 30th birthday but is now available each year between July to November.

Appearance: (best before Jul-14) Golden amber with a long lasting creamy white head and heavy lacing.
Aroma: Orange and grapefruit zest, toasted and doughy bread with some herbaceousness.
Taste: Medium bodied with zesty, grassy and pine resign hops obvious but not overly domineering. Distinctive white grape-like fruitiness and underlying bready malt.
Aftertaste: Cleansing citrus and faint pine lingering bitterness.
diffordsguide rating: 4.5/5

Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto||
6.6% alc./vol.
Producer: Birra Peroni S.p.A., Rome, Italy

Italy's oldest and best-known brewer, Birra Peroni, launched this beer in 1996 to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Gran Riserva is brewed from Saaz hops and Prisma barley malt. The low temperature fermentation lasts eight weeks and prolonged cellaring gives this Bock-style beer its mature flavour.

Appearance: Clear coppery amber with thin but lasting white head.
Aroma: Caramel and toffee malty nose.
Taste: Medium bodied malty, toasty palate with a light hoppiness. Very slight toffee sweetness with strong alcohol adding necessary bite.
Aftertaste: Lingering malty caramel. Filling and satisfying rather than refreshing. An Italian beer with balls if not great depth of flavour.
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Marston's Pale Ale||
2.8% alc./vol.
Producer: Marston's Brewery, Shobnall Road, Burton Upon Trent, England.

A low-alcohol English pale ale brewed with English hops and barley.

Appearance: (31-Jul-12) Clear, coppery amber with retentive medium white head.
Aroma: Subdued caramel and burnt sugar malt and faint metallic hops.
Taste: Thin and lacking body (not just alcohol). Light maltyness with Muscovado sugar-like flavour (but not sweetness). Nothing bad as such - just very little at all.
Aftertaste: Equally bland caramel finish. Light in alcohol and flavour.
diffordsguide rating: 2.5/5

Kona Aloha Series Koko Brown||
5.5% alc./vol.
Producer: Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii USA.

Available spring and winter this seasonal brown ale takes its name from Koko Crater where the Hawaiian tradition of standing up paddle boarding originates. It uses Premium 2-Row, Victory, Carapilis, Munich and Chocolate malts, blended with Cascade, Willamette, Warrior and Millennium hops. According to the label, it is also "brewed with toasted coconut and natural flavour added".

Appearance: Chestnut brown with a one finger beige head which quickly fades leaving light lacing.
Aroma: Pungent milk chocolate drinking powder masks the toasted coconut. Slight whiff of dung.
Taste: Slightly sweet, chocolate, coffee and toasted coconut with Demerara sugar and faint dungy note.
Aftertaste: Toasted almond and mocha coffee.
diffordsguide rating: 3.5/5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale||
6% alc./vol.
Producer: Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii USA.

Intended to evoke the copper glow of molton lava coming from the Big Island's Kilauea Caldera, this beer is a pale ale made using Honey, Munich, Wheat and Pale malts with Galena, Cascade and Mt Hood hops.

Appearance: (brewed 20-Apr-12) Hazy coppery amber with quickly diminishing medium, ivory coloured head leaving heavy lacing.
Aroma: Burnt toast, burnt currants, caramel and fruit with faint grassy hops.
Taste: Apricot jam, bitter orange marmalade and piney hops with good malt backbone.
Aftertaste: Steely, zesty hop toasty finish.
diffordsguide rating: 4/5

Kona Longboard Island Lager||
4.6% alc./vol.
Producer: Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii USA.

Kona's Londboard Island is a pale lager which pays tribute to the tradition of Londboard surfing in the shadow of Diamond head at Waikiki beach. It is aged for five weeks at low temperatures and made using Pale Premium 2-Row and wheat malts as well Mt. Hood, Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops.

Appearance: (brewed 16-Apr12) Clear, bright golden yellow with white head.
Aroma: Pear drops, doughy white bread and aromatic hops.
Taste: Clean, light bodied but flavoursome lager with bready malts and light hop character.
Aftertaste: Lingering baguette crust - slightly soggy.
diffordsguide rating: 4/5

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