Surrey Hills – Shere drop (Btl)

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What they say: The flagship beer is pale in colour with a subtle hint of grapefruit and lemon in the aroma. The wonderful hop bitterness is complemented by a balanced malt flavour. The beer has a long finish, which is moderately dry.”

Just as enjoyable as the cask version and the last ale from our Easter getaway. Not as fruity as their description might suggest. 4.2% A.B.V.

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Tillingbourne – Hop Troll IPA

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WP_20160510_21_06_30_ProWhat they say: “A full on 7 Hop IPA style monster with a citrusy rich sweetness followed by a powerful Hoppy bitterness – all perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable. Epic! This is our first permanent IPA packed with 7 American Hops. Developed from our experimental beers previously known as – Evolution #2 & #3.”

The first of two bottled ales from our last stop on our Easter getaway in Surrey and brewed just a few miles from our campsite in East Horsley. From a young brewery (2011) this was – not surprisingly a little too hoppy for my taste but a pleasant ale nonetheless 4.8% A.B.V

Staffordshire Brewery – Rudyard Ruby Premium

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WP_20160503_21_08_18_ProWhat they say: “A ruby coloured ale with a malty character”

I like a nice rich ruby ale for a change and was really looking forward to this. The colour was great, but sadly it was almost completely flat. I’m sure that wasn’t the intention and I look forward to trying it again when the opportunity arises. 4.8% A.B.V. May 2016.

Wold Top – Scarborough Fair IPA

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What they say: “Interestingly brewed and triple-hopped, this IPA is a strong and Gluten Free beer………Strong  and well hopped for the voyage sending IPA from the Wolds to the World. Interestingly brewed with a pale Wold grown malt base, a  triple hop blend and Maize for the head retention”

After sampling the excellent Wold Top Bitter on our stop in North Yorkshire I was delighted to spot another of their beers on the shelf of a supermarket in Ripon. This didn’t disappoint either – a ‘proper’ IPA and at 6% A.B.V one to be savoured rather than sloshed back. May 2016.

Little Valley – Withens Pale Ale

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What they say: “Withens Pale Ale uses refreshing floral Cascade hops and hints of spice, orange and citrus, giving a delicious dry bitter finish. It’s great with most types of foods, especially pasta and fish dishes”

My first beer from this brewery was not my favourite, as regulars could easily tell from the description. Again though, a little more chilled and on a warm summers night it would be most welcome. 3.9% A.B.V. May 2016