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Hobgoblin Gold

Wychword Brewery – Hobgoblin Gold 4.5%

Watchword – Hobgoblin Gold

This is a golden coloured ale with a good aroma of fresh hops and background sweet notes. It has has a taste balance of malt and a fresh hop bitterness from a summer hedgerow.

This is a good lighter English ale suited to summer drinking but good any time.

This golden ale is produced by the Wychwood Brewery in Witney Oxforshire on the edge of the Cotswolds!

Old Hooky

Hook Norton Brewery – Old Hooky 4.6%

Hook Norton – Old Hooky

This is a light chestnut coloured ale with an aroma of malty, toffee and plum fruit notes. This has a lighter malty taste with hop bitterness and follow-on. A good traditional English Bitter.

This is one of the classic ales from the historic Hook Norton Brewery based in Hook Norton Oxfordshire in the Cotswolds.

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 Witbier 4.9%


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.