Cocoa Wonderland

Thornbridge Brewery – Cocoa Wonderland Chocolate Porter 6.8%

Thornbridge Brewery – Cocoa Wonderland

This is a black ale with a dark chocolate aroma. It has a rich flavour of prunes bordering on dark chocolate and coffee notes.

This is an interesting chocolate twist on the traditional porter ale.

Thornbridge Brewery is based in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District in Bakewell, home of the Bakewell Tart.

Quench Quake

Brew dog – Quench Quake Grapefruit and Tangerine Sour 4.6%

Brewdog – Quench Quake

A golden coloured ale with malty aroma with fruit notes. It has a sour citrus fruit taste.

This is another offering from Brewdog and may appeal to some tastes. This is a sour drink very different to a traditional malt hop ale.

Pogo Pale Ald

Wild Beer Co. – Pogo Pale Ale 4.1%

Wild Beer – Pogo Pale Ale

This is a golden ale with a passion fruit aroma. This is a fruit flavoured ale, with notes of passion fruit and orange. This is a pleasant summer ale with a sharp fruity taste.

This ale is brewed by The Wild Beer Company based near Shelton Mallet in Somerset. It is brewed with orange, guava and passion fruit and Australian-New Zealand hops Cascade, Summit, Melon, Mandarina Bavaria and Simcoe and using alternatives fermentation yeasts to traditional brewing yeast.

Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Witbier 4.9%

Hoegaarden

This is the classic Belgian wheat beer or witbier (white beer). It is a pale golden lemon coloured ale, with a distinctive, lightly sharp aroma, with slight wheat biscuit and coriander notes. It has a very distinctive sweet, sharp taste, that is suited to a warm summer’s day.

The beer is named after an area to the south east of Leuven, Belgium. Hoegarden has historically been noted for its white beers, having 13 breweries in the 19th century, the last brewery closed in 1957. Hoegaarden ale was first brewed in 1967 by a milkman, who helped out in the last brewery but following a fire in 1985 the Brewery became part of the brewing combine Inbev.

Twenty Four Seven IPA

Roosters Brewing – Twenty Four Seven Session IPA 4.7%

Roosters Brewing – Twenty Four Seven Session IPA

This is a light golden coloured ale with a passion fruit aroma. It has a straight in strong grapefruit bitterness from the strong hopping.

This session IPA is brewed by the Rooster Brewing Co., based in the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. It is brewed with American, Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe hops, plus New Zealand Nelson Sauvin variety.

Clockwork Tangerine

Brewdog – Clockwork Tangerine 4.5%

Brewdog – Clockwork Tangerine

This is another of the many offerings from Brewdog. It is a cloudy, from a can (!), tangerine orange colour, with a tangerine, toffee aroma. It has a bitter grapefruit taste, typical of the obsession for overly American hopped APAs.

This is yet another ‘grapefruit’ American Pale ale offering from this brewery. Not at all a real English ale but pandering to American hops, grapefruit taste, with no resemblance to a real traditional ale with a good solid body. A brew worth avoiding.

Muddy Wellies Ale

The Friday Beer Company – Muddy Wellies Ale 4.5%

Friday Beer Co – Muddy Wellies Ale

This is a lighter chestnut ale, with an aroma of plum. It has a warming malt taste, with biscuit notes and a bitter hop finish.

This ale is brewed by the Friday Beer Co, in Malvern, Worcestershire. The brewery notes indicate it is a classic bitter ale, with a twist of malted rye.

Muddy Wellies is a social enterprise brand started by students at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, to support student learning.

Tiger Tom Ruby Mild

Cerne Abbas Brewery – Tiger Tom Ruby Mild 4.4%

Cerne Abbas Brewery – Tiger Tom

This is a dark chestnut coloured ale with a malty, slightly smokey aroma. It has an initial smokey taste, moving to a malt sweetness and hop bitter finish.

This ale has a good malt body not expected in a mild ale, resulting in a slightly higher ABV.

This ale was sampled on draught at West Country Water Buffalo’s Buff-Food-Fest. It is named after the ‘legendary’ blacksmith of Cerne Abbas, apparently. Brewed with organic barley malt from the Cerne Valley.

Well worth looking out for Cerne Abbas Brewery beers if your in Dorset, in the vicinity of the famous (or infamous) Cerne Abbas Giant!