Cliff Quay – Seadog

WP_20151223_20_08_09_ProWhat they say: “A strong Pale ale with a light amber colour. Brewed with lashings of hops to produce a balanced but drinkable strong pale ale, with a prominent floral fruity aroma, a clean malty palate and a satisfying crisp bitter finish. Ha ha me hearties!”

Well, the very last entry of 2015 is from Suffolk, and was sadly disappointing, because on opening it was as flat as a pancake, so it’s not fair to pass judgement on it. Will track another down at some point.

So that’s it for now. Happy New Year Everyone. Here’s to 2016 and a busy year of ‘research’.

Gadds – Little Cracker

IMAG0356What they say: “Our yule special is crafted with crystalised rye malt for a bright red berry flavour and well bittered with a melange of the spicier Kent hops to lend a distinctively festive character to this unique ale”

Well, I certainly got the bitter but didn’t pick up very much of the red berry flavour. It didn’t taste as ‘Christmasy’ as I expected, but a perfectly drinkable pint. 5.0% A.B.V.

The Red Lion, Ramsgate, Kent. December 2015

Gadds – No.5 Best Bitter

IMAG0357What they say: “The aroma is toffee malt and fresh green hops with a full body and lingering bitter finish”

I was so pleased to come across this on or first ‘research’ expedition whilst staying in Ramsgate. I’d already tried the bottled version back in March and that was lovely – read my entry HERE. I wasnt disappaointed in the cask version either, it was as I remembered it – very tasty indeed. At 4.5% A.B.V it was full of flavour but not one to be taken too lightly.

Sir Stanley Gray, Ramsgate, Kent. December 2015

Earl Soham – Brandeston Gold

WP_20151223_20_07_54_ProWhat they say? There’s not much on the brewery website at all – but then this is a small local brewery who clearly concentrate their efforts on brewing. www.guestales.co.uk say this though: “A burnished gold coloured beer, full-bodied with a warming fruity aroma and a deep resinous malt flavour. Uses barley grown for the brewery at Brandeston.”

I’m not a particular fan of golden ales as regulars will know, but I liked this one. I didn’t find it too citrusy or flowery like some golds. Another great find from our time in Suffolk. 4.5% A.B.V

The brewery shop, Debenham, Suffolk. December 2015.