Otter – Dark

WP_20170214_14_00_55_ProWhat they say: “At 3.8%, Otter Dark is a traditionally dark brown session beer with a soft mouth feel. The wide range of floor malted barleys deliver a substantial malty base flavour with balanced bitterness from the chocolate…..the traditional English hops ensure this beer is traditional to the Otter stable and deliver fruit and bitterness in the taste with a gentle bitter finish.”

I do love Otter beers and this was no exception though I found it just a little insipid. I’m guessing that I normally associate darker beer with a more full bodied flavour. Nice enough though and easy drinking.

The W G Grace, Bristol. February 2017.

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Wickwar – Try Time

WP_20170214_20_56_23_ProWhat they say: “To honour the noble game and to celebrate the RBS 6 Nations, we have brewed a special 3.8% ABV ale fit for champions. Using a front row of 3 world class hops, Styrian Celeia, Fuggle & Challenger; a creative midfield malt duo of Flagon & Crystal, blended with our free running Cotswold water and given that special line out spring from our own unique yeast, Try Time is a golden, full-bodied ale fit for the tournament. It’s time for your try.”

The taste certainly belied it’s strength – a great tasting beer in a great pub.

The Nova Scotia, Bristol. February 2017

Moles – Elmo’s

WP_20170214_20_17_33_ProWhat they say: “Medium bodied pale ale. Refreshingly bitter with a fruity spicy aroma from the Williamette hops, balanced by the Maris Otter malted barley leaving a long bitter finish.”

Little did I think that I would be trying a second Moles beer soo soon after the first  – Rucking Mole – but this was equally as enjoyable. Found in a great pub too. 4.4& A.B.V.

The Nova Scotia, Bristol. February 2017.

Loddon – Hullabaloo Best Bitter

WP_20170212_13_04_22_ProWhat they say: “Rich, nutty and malty with a dry hop finish….English Fuggles impart a dry, herby bitterness which is balanced by the distinctly biscuity flavour of Crystal and Amber malts..”

Ever since I had my first Loddon beer – the excellent Hoppit back at the end of 2013 – I’ve wanted to try another one. This didn’t disappoint although it wasn’t crystal clear and was coming to the end of it’s life – or cask. Or maybe both. Looking forward to trying it in better condition. 4.2% A.B.V

The V-Shed, Bristol. February 2017

Butcombe – Union

WP_20170211_19_19_43_ProWhat they say: “They called the winter of ‘78 ‘the winter of discontent’. Widespread strikes across the public sector brought the country to a standstill as workers fought for their rights. To mark this tumultuous period of British history, we’ve created a beer for the people…..fruity, smooth and packed with Super Pride hops, this beer is strikingly good and very sessionable. This Pacific Ale keeps the bitterness low and lets the aromatics shine through with every single sip.”

From their ‘78 range – the year Butcombe began brewing. Strong stuff but I didn’t find it too hoppy. The first new beer on our stay in Bristol. 4.8% A.B.V.

The Cottage Inn, Bristol. February 2017.