Greene King – Churchill IPA

WP_20151123_19_37_12_Pro What they say: “The 4.2% abv golden ale is brewed with a total of seven hops and ‘dry hopped’ with East Kent Goldings, in a nod to the county that Churchill made home.  Described as a fresh, fruity and hoppy India Pale Ale, it will be available on the bar from May to August in over 475 Greene King pubs across Britain.”

And November as well apparently. I liked this and didn’t find it overly fruity, even the Blogger in Black’s Portly Partner liked it and he’s no fan of overly hoppy beer either. The A.B.V is about as high as I’d want to go if having a few. Served a little too cold but then ales here generally are sadly, and a pity there was no proper pump clip.

The Spanish Lady, Saltdean, East Sussex. November 2015


Greene King – Black IPA

WP_20151121_12_54_53_Pro What they say: “A robust IPA packed with hops for citrus and tropical fruits and spicy notes, full bodied and malty with a satisfying bitter linger”

The most regular of our locals – The Rottingdean Club – has three hand pumps and now with the withdrawal of the lovely but potent Abbot Ale, there are now two guest alongside the always excellent Harveys Sussex Best. So even more opportunities for research. Excellent.

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected too – the citrus and tropical notes mentioned above were not overly prominent and it was certainly full bodied – almost a meal in a glass. Did I have another? No, but as I said, there are now two guests needing my attention! Look forward to coming across this again – maybe at the weekend if they still have it!

The Rottingdean Club, East Sussex. November 2015

Charles Wells – Poppy

WP_20151115_13_43_22_Pro What they say: “…..a ‘crisp, nutty, amber bitter, with great flavour. There are heaps of fresh green Challenger hops above toasted toffee malt, with a real quenching finish”

The result of a collaboration with Enterprise Inns, 10p from every pint sold goes to the Royal British Legion. Easy drinking at just 3.6% A.B.V and a nice all round pint although a little too hoppy for me.

The Queen Victoria, Rottingdean, East Sussex. November 2015

Otter – Silver Otter

WP_20151115_13_02_59_Pro What they say: “Crisp light session beer with spicy, citrus overtones.”

I’ve not had a bad pint from Otter so far and this was no exception. It was pale but the citrus wasn’t overpowering. I am assuming a special as I could fine no mention of it on the brewery’s website. If anyone can advise, please let me know. 4.0% A.B.V.

The Queen Victoria, Rottingdean, East Sussex. November 2015

Marks & Spencer – Sussex Golden Ale

WP_20151029_15_21_53_ProWhat they say  “Delivers a refreshing flavour and a traditional Sussex ‘hoppy nose’.”

Sadly the full description is wrong as it refers to a beer brewed in Essex, however this comes from the Hepworth Brewery in West Sussex. Enjoyable it was too, though a little too hoppy for me. Very drinkable though and light enough to enjoy a few at a party. 3.8% A.B.V.