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  • ecureuil 15 Aug 2012 00:15:55 76,017 posts
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    Obama ale!
  • JuanKerr 15 Aug 2012 08:24:35 36,094 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    A bottle of 'Jarl' by Fyne Ales.

    'A hoppy session ale' apparently.

    My view: Enough with the fucking hops, eh?.

    It's rather too Brewdogian for my liking.
    Yeah, I'm getting a little tired of every new beer tasting of grapefruit juice as well actually. It's all breweries like Brewdog ever go on about and they act like they invented the idea of bunging loads of exotic hops in a beer. It's been going on for a long time lads, so give it a rest.
  • elstoof 15 Aug 2012 09:32:56 6,139 posts
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    Had my first bottle of Hobgoblin in a very very long time, as ubiquitous as it is it's still a very nice drop.
  • JuanKerr 17 Aug 2012 23:53:18 36,094 posts
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    Nothing wrong with hobgoblin - really tasty beer.

    Just returned from a funky eatery that serves a good range of beer. Ordered a pint of Jaipur only to discover too late that it was 5.10 a fucking pint! Why the hell is keg beer so bloody expensive? The missus had some cask Dark Star american pale ale and that was a relatively modest 3.60 a pint. Fuck keg beer!
  • elstoof 18 Aug 2012 00:21:17 6,139 posts
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    Flute Alors! As my French wife would say. There's no reason at all why a keg beer could cost that much... Grain is cheap!!

    Just got back myself from a friends bar where they've just started stocking Aflfligem Belgian Abbey beer... After 4 bottles or so I had to swap over to something a fair bit lighter, 6.8% is a bit much for a an evenings drinking.
  • Vortex808 20 Aug 2012 15:02:50 6,564 posts
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    Just popped into a small shop in inverness. It's called 'The beer shop'. I was in heaven. So many beers to choose from around the world that I've never tried.

    There was a sizable selection. I could've spent a fortune
  • JuanKerr 20 Aug 2012 15:23:01 36,094 posts
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    What did you get then? Six pack of Stella?
  • MrSemprini 20 Aug 2012 15:35:31 9,330 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:Ordered a pint of Jaipur only to discover too late that it was 5.10 a fucking pint!
    Cripes, for something that's around 3 in a normal place, that's some mark up. It's enough to spoil the meal, the thieving rascals.
  • JuanKerr 20 Aug 2012 15:42:53 36,094 posts
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    It was a nice drop, but bloody well should've been at that price. I've read a fair bit online about the high price of keg beer compared to cask, but still not quite sure why that is. All the keg beer on the menu was at least 1.50 more than the cask stuff.
  • Vortex808 20 Aug 2012 15:45:07 6,564 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    What did you get then? Six pack of Stella?
    A bottle of this jaipur you were on about ( it better be good!), some orval trappist stuff, a schlosse alt, conniston's bluebird bitter, a hacker-pschorr pils & a goose island IPA since a mate recommended it a while back.

    The belgian & german selection alone were rather interesting with so many too choose from, never mind loads of others I could have picked.
  • JuanKerr 20 Aug 2012 16:09:03 36,094 posts
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    Nice. Jaipur is a modern classic, so I'm pretty confident you'll like it (mind you, if you don't like hoppy stuff, it might not appeal to you). Bluebird is also a bit of a classic, always have it when I'm up in the lakes.
  • Vortex808 20 Aug 2012 21:52:54 6,564 posts
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    Jaipur gets the thumbs up here, the goose island ipa was quite citrus-y, but rather drinkable too. Not massive hop-fests, and pleasant on the tastebuds.

    Which to try next is the real question?

    Planning on a nice run along the river tomorrow morning too. I love being on holiday. :)
  • monkehhh 20 Aug 2012 22:09:55 3,128 posts
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    Turns out this place is not too far up the road and I had no idea..
    http://blog.anti-limited.com/inside-beer-ritz-headingley-leeds/
    .. yum.
  • Vortex808 20 Aug 2012 22:34:16 6,564 posts
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    I will be looking out for anything brewed by coniston from now on. T'is a cracking beer.
  • mal 21 Aug 2012 00:13:01 21,956 posts
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    I've had bluebird a few times, but I've never come across anything else from Coniston.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • dradis 13 Sep 2012 11:17:46 21 posts
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    Had a bottle of Fuller's 1845 last night - just lovely. For a British beer, it carries the relatively high alcohol content well (6.3%) without needed to be hopped through the roof.
  • Deleted user 13 September 2012 11:28:33
    Yeah it is nice. Fullers all round i think are a great brewery. 1845 and ESB in particular are really nice beers. Often pick one of them up in my weekly shop of 4 ales for whatever they have in tescos. Nutty black ain't half bad either.
  • MikeP 14 Sep 2012 11:30:17 1,676 posts
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    I've just come back from a holiday in Dorset. There's an excellent, tiny, brewery in Lyme Regis called the Town Mill Brewery. http://www.townmillbrewery.com/

    I tried three of their beers, The Cobb, Gold and Black Ven. The Gold and Black Ven were particularly good.

    There's also Palmers Brewery in Bridport. Their beer is pretty much ubiquitous in the local area, and is good. Of the beers I sampled their Best Bitter (an IPA) was my favourite, and the Tally Ho! was pretty good. http://www.palmersbrewery.com/page.php?p=ales
  • dradis 14 Sep 2012 11:49:58 21 posts
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    In what way is Palmer's "Best Bitter" a "traditional IPA" as stated on their website?

    It's 4.2% - neither the piss-weak "IPA" from the early 20th century (I'm looking at you, Greene King!) , or the stronger 5% plus beers from the 19th century and nowadays.

    And why the hell would you call an IPA "Best Bitter" anyway? That's a totally separate beer style!

    Hmm... possibly to piss off pedants, I suppose...
  • elstoof 14 Sep 2012 11:58:15 6,139 posts
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    It's become shorthand for massively hopped beer.
  • MikeP 14 Sep 2012 22:41:31 1,676 posts
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    dradis wrote:
    In what way is Palmer's "Best Bitter" a "traditional IPA" as stated on their website?

    It's 4.2% - neither the piss-weak "IPA" from the early 20th century (I'm looking at you, Greene King!) , or the stronger 5% plus beers from the 19th century and nowadays.

    And why the hell would you call an IPA "Best Bitter" anyway? That's a totally separate beer style!

    Hmm... possibly to piss off pedants, I suppose...
    Yeah, it is a bit of an odd one. I agree with Elstoof, having drunk it, it's definitely to do with the hopping, which is quite bitter, as I'd expect for an IPA.

    The alcohol content is a bit of a moot point for me, I know it contributes something to the character of the taste, but haven't the government buggered around with duty levels recently on strong beers?
  • MikeP 14 Sep 2012 22:41:43 1,676 posts
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    fixed
  • elstoof 14 Sep 2012 23:29:32 6,139 posts
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    "hmm I think that crazy mash bill we dreamed up was a bit off Dave, how about we chuck a load of dry hop in the fermenter and punt it out as an IPA?"
  • MrSemprini 15 Sep 2012 13:05:07 9,330 posts
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    Well, well, well, what do we have here? Currently booked in for Friday and Saturday, with a chance of an advance sampling on Wednesday. Certainly enough to get through....

    Edited by MrSemprini at 13:05:36 15-09-2012
  • Benno 15 Sep 2012 13:35:43 9,392 posts
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    I might pop along to that, do you have any recommendations for someone who has quite a taste for the pale ales?
  • MrSemprini 16 Sep 2012 17:45:10 9,330 posts
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    Not specifically, but you should find something agreeable. Part of the fun of fests is diving in and making new discoveries.

    Edited by MrSemprini at 17:45:49 16-09-2012
  • Vortex808 16 Sep 2012 20:28:06 6,564 posts
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    Cracked a bottle of 'Deuchar's Imperial' pale ale.

    It's apparently to commemerate 21 years of their India Pale Ale being 'reborn'. I love their regular IPA, but dare I say this is possibly slightly nicer IMO.
  • ILoveThrashMetal 16 Sep 2012 20:34:52 554 posts
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    I've come to the conclusion Shepherd Neame wouldn't know how to brew a decent pint if it kicked it in the nuts.Horrible beers

    Arsechickens

  • Jono62 16 Sep 2012 20:43:46 13,628 posts
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    MrSemprini wrote:
    Not specifically, but you should find something agreeable. Part of the fun of fests is diving in and making new discoveries.
    Damn, that's a fine list. Really hope I can get the time off to make a visit
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