Dark Star – Partridge

WP_20140518_001 What they say: A Best Bitter brewed in a traditional Sussex style using Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate malts with East Kent Golding hops.

We’re up to date! ‘Researched’ only yesterday and another beer from West Sussex – this time the well renowned Dark Star brewery.  A good traditional best bitter. loved it. All I want in a beer. 4.0% A.B.V.


Morland – Original

WP_20140516_002 What they say: A moreish and refreshing ale with a subtle malt and fruit character and pronounced bitter finish.

I like the description – no mucking about and more to the point it’s accurate. Currently guesting at our local I’ve now had several pints of this – over several visits I might add – and have quite enjoyed it. There is a hint of Greene King IPA about this beer, although whether that has something to do with the fact Morland is now owned by Greene King I couldn’t possibly say!

Harveys – Porter

WP_20140512_002 What they say: We have taken a Porter recipe of 1859 from Henry Harvey’s brewing journal and reproduced it faithfully using pale ale, malt, crystal malt, black malt, locally grown hops, our own spring water and yeast strain.

A rare midweek tipple – but only a half pint bottle mind, this is only brewed once a year. Tasty but not as overpowering. 4.8% A.B.V

Anchor Springs – Anchors Aweigh!

WP_20140421_001 Another guest at our local a month or so ago from just over the border in West Sussex. It does not feature on their website so I can only assume it was a special. Sadly my emailed request for tasting notes has, so far, gone unanswered and a search on the net has yielded nothing.

From what I recall, somewhere in the middle of the golden – bitter scale with a malty presence too. Neither good or bad but clearly not that memorable either!  4% A.B.V.

Adnams – Mosiac

WP_20140505_002 What they say: The Mosaic hop variety was released in 2012 after a successful crossing of two hop varieties called Simcoe and Nugget which captured the best of these varieties to provide clean bitterness and outstanding flavours and aromas. Mosaic hops are similar to Citra, but has an even more intense flavour.

Interesting beer this and whilst I usually prefer more bitter ales I really enjoyed this. Another great ale from the popular Suffolk brewery. 4.1 % A.B.V.