Cheeky Pig

Lilley’s Cheeky Pig 7.5%

Lilley’s Cheeky Pig

This is a blend of medium cider and Perry. It is a golden coloured blend with a very strong honey aroma. The taste has a medium cider flavour with a distinct overlaying sweetness of honey-pear, presumably from the Perry component. It does have a higher alcohol content at 7.5%.

This is one of a number of cider based drinks on offer from Lilley’s Cider, Frome Somerset.

Norfolk Wherry Amber Ale

Woodforde’s Brewery – Norfolk Wherry Amber Ale 3.8%

Episode’s Brewery – Norfolk Wherry Amber Ale

This is an Amber coloured ale with a malty sweet aroma with notes of prunes. It a sweet malt taste, with a good balanced English ale hop bitterness.

Norfolk Wherry is a good traditional English bitter ale style. It is brewed by Woodforde’s Brewery in Woodbastwick near Norwich in Norfolk, on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. This is an award winning ale and is a very good choice for a traditional English bitter style ale.

Slippery Slope Porter

Twisted Oak Brewery – Slippery Slope Porter 5.5%

Twisted Oak Brewery – Slippery Slope Porter

Slippery Slope is a dark red-black ale with a roasted malt aroma. The ale is sweet malty ale, with a roasted malt and chocolate notes and light hop bitterness.

This is an excellent porter style ale with a good sweet bitter balance. A good addition to the range from Twisted Oak Brewery based in Wrington, (North) Somerset.

Antipodean IPA

Harbour Brewing Co. – Antipodean IPA 5.5%

Harbour Brewing Co – Antipodean IPA

This India Pale Ale is a pale golden colour with a pleasant malty hop resin aroma. It’s taste begins with sweet fruity notes, quickly followed by strong hop bitterness with hints of citrus grapefruit.

Harbour Brewing Company are based in Kirland, near Bodmin in Cornwall. This IPA style ale is presumably brewed with hops from New Zealand/Australia.

Siren Soundwave IPA

Siren Craft Brewing – Siren Soundwave IPA 5.6%

Siren Craft Brewing – Siren Soundwave IPA

Well yes it’s another IPA. This ale has a pale golden colour, with a haze served from the can. The aroma is the typical resinous, citrus, with perhaps a hint of passion fruit. It’s taste begins with a sweetness of tropical fruit leading on to a lighter bitterness.

This ale from Siren Craft Brewing has avoided the heavy grapefruit taste of most IPA/APA brews based on the usual selection of American hops. The result is a more drinkable ale with a good balance of sweetness and bitter notes, with hints of tropical fruit.

This craft brewery is based in Finchampstead, Wokingham in Berkshire and produces a very wide range of beers.

West Coast Pale Ale

Brewdog – West Coast Pale Ale 4.2%

Brewdog – West Coast Pale Ale

This ale has a golden coloured ale, with the now usual expected aromas of resinous hops and citrus grapefruit. The taste is again as expected, grapefruit bitterness but in this case moderated a little by malt sweetness.

This is a typical offering from Brewdog with the usual grapefruit citrus bitterness typical of the use of American hops and the “Craft Brewing Brigade”.

Easy Trail Session IPA

Fyne Ales Farm Brewery – Easy Trail Session IPA 4.2%

Fyne Ales Farm Brewery – Easy Trail Session IPA

This is a golden ale with a citrus-grapefruit aroma, hop resin notes. I has a grapefruit bitter taste, with background malt sweet notes.

Fyne Ales Farm Brewery is based of course, on a farm in rural Argyll on the west of Scotland. The brewery has been operating since 2001.

Easy Trail Session IPA is brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and Cascade American hops but is a little bit lighter on the resulting Grapefruit dominance.

Steeplechase Pale Ale

Round Corner Brewing – Steeplechase Pale Ale 4.4%

Round Corner Brewing – Steeplechase Pale Ale

This pale ale is a glowing orange-golden colour and has a citrus hop aroma. The taste is a lighter hop citrus bitterness, with background tropical fruit notes and a malt sweetness.

This pale ale comes from Round Corner Brewing based in the home of pork pies – Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. Steeplechase Pale Ale is brewed with English, American and New Zealand hops. It is an ale between the traditional English Pale Ale style and an American Pale Ale, minimizing the citrus bitterness of the latter style.

Pure Pilsner

Vocation Brewery – Pure Pilsner 4.5%

Vocation Brewery – Pure Pilsner

This Pilsner is a pale gold colour with a malty aroma. It has an initial sweetness that carries through to a pleasant lager style finish. This is an excellent pilsner lager style ale!

Vocation Brewery is craft brewery based in Cragg Vale near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Pure Pilsner is brewed with pilsner malt and European hops to achieve the excellent flavour.