Monthly Archives: June 2015

Fuller’s – Wild River IPA 4.5%

Fullers’s – Wild River Double Hopped IPA 4.5%

Fuller’s – Wild River Double Hopped IPA

This review is posted on the first BeerBritish Day 15 June 2015
The is a pale golden ale with a light Flowery aroma. It has a malty and hop taste with a bitter follow-on. The flowery aroma comes from the use of American hops including Liberty and Willamette but avoids the strong grapefruit notes from some varieties.


This is a pleasant Double Hopped IPA from this consistent London Brewer.

Twisted Oak Brewery – Old Barn

Twisted Oak Brewery – Old Barn Ruby Ale 4.5%

Twisted Oak Brewery – Old Barn

Twisted Oak Brewery is a small craft micro-brewery in Wrington Somerset run by Keith and Deb Hayles, hand crafting their 3 standard ales and some specials.
Old Barn is a chestnut ruby ale with a pleasant malt and rich fruit aroma. It has a good toasted malty start leading into a strong hop bitterness, lasting into the aftertaste. 
My first sample of this ale was served on draft at an excellent, slightly cool temperature, not excessively chilled, so it really gave up its aroma notes.
Based on this offering, Twisted Oak ales are clearly a good addition to our local brewers around the Mendips, whilst making Wrington another 2 brewery Somerset location after Wiveliscombe. I look forward to trying their other core beers Fallen Tree and Spun Gold.

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast 6.6%

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast

This is a strong dark copper ale from Exmoor Ales in Wiveliscombe Somerset. It has malt and rich plum aroma notes. The taste has rich ripe plum-prune notes, with toffee and a following sharp hop moving to bitterness.

The is a very drinkable strong ales of the range from this Somerset Brewery, which would go well with vintage Somerset Farmhouse Cheddar but not to be underestimated in strength, 

Thwaites – Yule Love It

Thwaites – Yule Love It 4%

Thwaites – Yule Love It

This is a golden ale with a malty aroma. It has a refreshing hint of sharpness with a good malty warming follow-on.
A good drinkable ale with pleasant maltiness but may be a little light for a Christmas ale. 


Thwaites Brewery is a Lancashire Brewery based in Blackburn.

Quantock Ales – Plastered Pheasant

Quantock Ales – Plastered a Pheasant 4.8%

Quantock Ales – Plastered Pheasant 4.8%
This is a warming winter ale from Quantock Ales Brewery. It has a dark red – chestnut colour and an aroma made up of chocolate and roasted coffee notes. It has the strong flavour notes expected of a porter ale, with dark roasted malts giving coffee and dark chocolate notes. Although having a sweetness, it moves to a light bitterness in the aftertaste. 
If you like porter ales then this is a good offering to track down in the Westcountry.

S A Brain’s – The Rev James

S A Brain – The Rev. James Original 4.5%

S A Brain – The Rev. James

This is a dark chestnut ale with biscuit, malt and almond aromas. It has a pleasant warming taste with biscuit and toasted malt notes. 
This is a good winter ale with a warming taste, which eminently drinkable.
It is good commercial ale to look out for in season and worth my 5*.

 The Rev. James is a range of beers from S A Brain named after the Rev. James Buckley a wesleyan preacher at the turn of the 19th Century and may have thus been tee-total! The range includes the Original based on a 1885 recipe tasted here, along with Rye, a dark bitter, and Gold a sweeter ale.