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Country Bumpkin

Country Life Brewery – Country Bumpkin 6.0%

Country Life Brewery – Country Bumpkin

This is a chestnut coloured ale with a fruity plum aroma. It has a good malty taste backed by hop bitter balance. A good Strong Ale of the porter type.

The Brewery produces 2 beer ranges, the Surf range and the Country range, with this ale being their ‘Old English Strong Ale’.

The Country Life Brewery is located at the Big Sheep Attraction, at Bideford in North Devon. The brewery was established in 1998 using the brewing equipment from Lundy Island. It moved from the family pub in Westward Ho to the present site in 2002 and installed a new brewery in 2005.

Hefe Weissbier

Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier 5.4%

Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier

This is a typical Bavarian Weiss bier, with pale golden colour and a sharp lemony and yeast aroma. It’s taste is the distinctive light, slightly sharp taste with biscuit notes.

Weihenstephaner Brewery was originally a monastic enterprise that became the Royal Bavarian State Brewery in Freising. It remains under the direction of the Bavarian Government brewing a range of Bavarian traditional beers according to the Bavarian beer purity laws of 1516.

Gem Amber Ale

Bath Ales – Gem Amber Ale 4.8%

Bath Ales – Gem Amber Ale

This ale is a light chestnut colour with a malty aroma with slight plum notes. It is a malty rich taste with a well blended hop bitterness.

This is the bottled version of Gem with a higher ABV 4.8% compared to the Gem draught previously reviewed at 4.1%, or a reformulation.

It is brewed by Bath Ales a small brewery now owned by St Austell Ales, is based at the Hare Brewery in.Warmly near Bristol.

Rum Barrel Red Beer

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer 6.8%

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer

This is a dark chestnut red coloured ale with a strong malt and plum fruits aroma. It has a sweet malty taste with a hint of rum spirit. It is lighter and sweeter than a barley wine, of it’s strength.

This is a rum barrel aged ale from this Scottish brewery, noted for its barrel aged ale range.

Innis & Gunn is a brewery based in Edinburgh.

Oxford Scholar Ale

The Shotover Brewing Co. – Oxford Scholar Ale 4.5%

Shotover Brewing Co – Oxford Scholar Ale

This is a chestnut copper coloured ale, with an apple and fruity aroma. It’s taste is a lightly smokey, hop bitterness, with a good malty backing.

The Shotover Brewing Company base in Horspath Oxford, describe this beer for drinking by a log fire, with the light smokey taste; presumably in an old oak-beamed pub!

Cotswold Best

North Cotswold – Cotswold Best 4.0%

North Cotswold Brewery – Cotswold Best

This is a golden ale with a summer aroma of fresh leaves and grass. It has a stronger hop bitterness and a malty balance, without being grapefruit citrus. It is brewed with English, Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles hops and according to the Brewery is a traditional Bitter ale.

The North Cotswold Brewery is a family craft brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds on the edge of Stretton-on-Fosse, near Moreton-in-Marsh.


Hook Norton – Haymaker 5%

Hook Norton – Haymaker

This is a dark golden Pale Ale with a hop fresh aroma. It has a pleasant taste of hops and malt, giving a light, slightly sweet taste, with a light bitter follow-on to finish. A good English stronger golden seasonal ale from this traditional Cotswold based brewer.

Hook Norton Brewery

Ruby Mild

The Incredible Brewing Company – Ruby Mild 3.8%

The Incredible Brewing Company – Ruby Mild

This is red-dark chestnut coloured ale, with a malty, slightly smokey aroma.
It has a malty taste with hop bitterness. Not a sweet mild and is a thinner, lighter bodied ale which would be suitable as a session ale.

The Incredible Brewing Company is a craft brewery based in Bridlington in Bristol, aiming it’s beers at the Bristol craft beer scene.