Wincle Beer Co – Rambler Amber Ale 4.0%

Wincle Beer Co – Rambler

A dark golden Amber ale, with a malty fruit aroma. This ale has an initial sweetness of malt carried through, with background light hop bitterness and slight fruit sharpness.

Rambler is a good summer ale if you like a more traditional English style ale. It is brewed with Brambling Cross hops.

Wincle Brewery is located in Wincle in the Derbyshire Peak District, by the River Dane and is about 6 miles from Macclesfield.

Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered

North Cotswold Brewery – Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered 5%

North Cotswold Brewery – Hung, Drawn ‘n’ Portered

This is a very dark red ale with a smokey plum aroma. It has a smokey bitter toasted malt and hop taste with a hop bitter finish and aftertaste.

This ale is brewed with Brambling Cross hops.

This is not as sweet as a London porter but a good smokey porter from the North Cotswold Brewery, based in Stratton-on-Fosse.

Milk Stout

Bristol Beer Factory – Milk Stout 4.6%

Bristol Beer Factory – Milk Stout

This is a black coloured ale with a good toasted malt and strong coffee aroma. It has gold toasted malt sweetness of black molasses and dark toasted bitterness. This is very much a  cold winter ale.

This is a molasses sweet bitter ale from the Bristol Beer Factory.


Bristol Beer Factory – Hefe German Style Wheat Beer 4.8%

Bristol Beer Factory – Hefe

This is a darker golden orange coloured beer with the characteristic sharp sweet aroma of a wheat (weiss) beer. It has the sharp sweet taste expected of a Weiss bier, making it a good summer ale.

This is a German wheat beer style from the Bristol Beer Factory

Hobgoblin IPA

Wychwood Brewery – Hobgoblin IPA 5.3%

Wychwood – Hobgoblin IPA

A Golden coloured ale with a citrus orangy aroma. It’s taste is bitter citrus grapefruit and hint of orange, with a malt background and a lasting citrus bitter finish.

This is an IPA offering from the Cotswold Wychwood Brewery based in Witney Oxfordshire. The ale has been brewed with British and New world hops, giving the typical grapefruit bitterness.


Bristol Beer Factory – Optimist Golden Single Hop Mosaic 5%

Bristol Beer Factory – Optimist

A golden coloured ale with grapefruit citrus aroma. It has a smooth taste with a strong grapefruit lasting bitterness.

This is a golden ale from the Bristol Beer Factory in the style of a craft American IPA. A good choice if you are looking for a craft American style citrus flavoured ale.

Medusa Ruby Red Ale

Harper’s Brewing Company – Medusa Ruby Red Ale 5.0%

Harper’s Brewing Co – Medusa Ruby Red Ale

This is a chestnut red coloured ale with a malty, fruity and toffee aroma. It has a good malty taste, with hints of plum fruits and a light hop bitter finish.

This is a good richer ale with pleasant taste and aroma.

This ale is sold under the Aldi own label ‘Harper’s Brewing Co’, brewed by Marston’s Brewery Burton-on-Trent.

Update: Now labelled Harper’s Ruby Ale and reportedly has had a recipe change.

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.