Our Tastings

  • Rebellion – Unifier

    Unifier is a tawny pale ale with a distinctly hoppy character. We’ve added a prodigious quantity of American aroma hops to this beer to give it a very bold hoppy hit. The aroma is full of tropical fruit and citrus notes as well as pine, spice and herbal elements. It has relatively high bitterness but the extra sweetness from the addition of crystal and Munich malts help to balance this out.

    Malt: Munich, Double Roasted Crystal

    Hop: Progress, Simcoe, Mosaic

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.8 / 5)

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  • Little London – Hoppy Hilda

    A light golden pale ale brewed with Maris Otter barley and crystal malts, generously complemented with fuggle and golding hops.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.8 / 5)

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  • Windsor & Eaton – Guardsman

    The first beer brewed in Windsor for more than 80 years was launched on St George’s Day 2010 – it remains a best sellers to this day.

    A lovely copper coloured session strength ale with a tangy taste, yet a really smooth fresh hop finish, ensuring that it is very ‘quaffable’

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.5 / 5)

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  • Bays Brewery – Devon Dumpling

    A strong golden beer with a fresh hop character. This ale has a smooth taste with a balanced sweetness throughout. Devonshire through and through!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Marston’s Bombardier – Glorious English

    Savour the distinct aroma, then surrender to the perfect balance of malty richness, tangy hops and sultana fruit on the palate.

    Natural mineral water, the ripest English fuggles hops and crushed crystal malt deliver this experience of England in a glass. Brace yourself for a long soft spicy finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.5 / 5)

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  • Siren Craft Brew – Undercurrent

    A 4.5% pale ale with spicy, grassy aromas and a taste of grapefruit and apricot.

    Undercurrent is part pale, part oats and part caramel barley. Her swirls of bold, bready and nutty malt whirl into a concoction of spicy, citrus, floral hops. Mystery lurks in those cascade and palisade hops.

    Her silky, creamy body will pull you under.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4.5 / 5)

     

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  • Rebellion – Legend

    Legend is an oatmeal pale ale. The addition of oats adds subtle nuttiness, extra body and a silky smooth finish. Ernest is a rediscovered British hop that was originally disregarded due to its ‘new world’ characteristics. It produces complex fruity notes of apricot, citrus and spice.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3 / 5)

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  • Sharps – Wolf Rock IPA

    Wolf Rock is a fusion of Red Ale and IPA styles and combines Noble and New World hops with our finest special malt to deliver its distinctive flavour and enticing red hue. At 4.8% be warned “The Wolf” is to be respected.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.3 / 5)

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  • New Wharf – Erins

    A  hard rocking full bodied American Pale Ale. Bursting with Mosaic hops, which leave a storm of tropical fruits dancing on your palette.

    This was the first beer brewed at New Wharf.

    Like all New Wharf beers it is unfiltered, unfined and unpasteurised.

    Sampled by all The Harper Arms Regulars at the MicroBurghfest event held at the Burghfield May Fayre.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

    LandLOrd’s note:  Normal Harper Arms rating rules have been applied – The Regulars had at least 3 pints each and some had a lot more…

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  • Binghams – Citra Summit

    A special blend of citrus and tropical fruit hops. Part of the Binghams Hop Project.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Rebellion – 25

    Brewed to celebrate Rebellion Brewery ‘s 25-year anniversary of brewing in Marlow.

    25 is an extra pale ale brewed with Sterling hops, citrus peel and Belgian ale yeast. Sterling hops, not only have an entirely appropriate name for silver anniversary beer but also have a beautiful lemon and spicy character which work in harmony with the other elements of the ale. The inclusion of lemon and orange peel adds a subtle citrus aroma and the Belgian ale yeast contributes a spicy note and gives this beer a real Belgian ale character.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):   (3.8 / 5)

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  • Purity Brewing Company – Pure UBU

    Pure UBU (pronounced ‘OO-BOO’) is named after our faithful canine friend ‘UBU’, a maverick, brim full of character and the unofficial protector of our secrets. God love him, the dog is mad, but an inspiration to all who enjoy doing what they do and who want to be loved for being what they are.

    Pure UBU (4.5% ABV, IBU36) is a distinctive, full flavoured beer with a sweeter finish. Brewed with English Maris Otter, Crystal, and Wheat malts, with Pilgrim and Cascade hops.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Andwell’s – King John

    This Pale Ale takes its name from the castle built by King John in 1207, which is located less than a mile from the original Brewery, and from where he rode out to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta. The beer itself is deep amber in colour with a blend of pale ale and crystal malt. The bitterness and fruity aroma are developed from a combination of hops.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • West Berkshire Brewery – Maharaja IPA

    Brewed strong and hoppy, Maharaja is a stunning example of an IPA. Masses of English hops and three different malts produce a complex flavour and strong citrus aroma. Smooth, deep golden and beautifully balanced with a crisp dry finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • Rebellion – IPA

    A copper coloured, easy drinking beer. Well balanced malt and hop flavours continue to a long, refreshing and clean finish.

    Malt: Pale / Crystal / Chocolate
    Hop: Fuggles / Goldings / Bobek

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Two Cocks Brewery – Bottled Selection

    Known for featuring on Grand Designs, endorsement from Raymond Blanc and the feather on the bottle , it was about time that The Regulars tried some beer from Two Cocks Brewery.

    Diamond Lil is a 3.2% ABV  light and fruity golden ale was developed especially for the Diamond Jubilee.

    Puritan Stout has a stark black and white appearance conceals luxurious notes of caramel and chocolate and at 4.5% this is anything but austere.

    Viscount Golden Ale features the lightest of malts combined with Nelson Sauvin hops and a piggyback fermentation to deliver an ale with low bitterness and a complex fruit character.

    Musket Bitter is an English style bitter. Not much else to add.

    As per The Harper Arms rules, there is no rating for these as we only had one bottle of each.

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  • Rebellion – Roasted Nuts

    A deep ruby, complex and flavoursome beer, packed with intense and distinctive malt & hop character.

    Made from a blend of Maris Otter pale ale, crystal & chocolate malt in the mash tun with a 3-stage addition of American Cascade hops for a powerful, intensely fruity flavour & aroma.

    There are no nuts added to Roasted Nuts…

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Bond Brews – Bengal Tiger

    Bengal Tiger’ is an English Style India Pale Ale. Brewed with a nod to the original English style IPA with 2 types of malted barley whilst East Kent Golding hops provides the Bitterness, Goldings for aroma and dry-hopped for good measure.

    Won Bronze at the Silchester Beer Festival 2017

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

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  • Rebellion – Gold

    A rich golden ale with an intensely hoppy aroma. American Mosaic hops  gives this beer a huge aroma of tropical fruits, citrus fruits and red berry. The bitterness relatively low despite the huge dose of late hops, so Gold retains its drinkability and balance.

    A truly contemporary golden ale. Who said seasonal winter beers had to be dark?

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.9 / 5)

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  • Shepherd Neame – Master Brew

    Master Brew is brewed using only the finest Kentish barley and hops and is Shepherd Neame’s flagship beer in the brewery’s Kentish heartland.

    The “Local Hero” is a distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale, with all the hoppy aroma you would expect of a beer brewed in the heart of the hop country.

    Hand-crafted by the Faversham brewery’s talented team of experienced brewers, it is a well-balanced traditional ale.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

     

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  • Loddon Brewery Razzle Dazzle

    A limited edition dazzling golden festive ale.

    Razzle Dazzle has a complex flavour and is well hopped with Cascade from the USA to give a pronounced grapefruit finish.

    The LandL0rd’s choice for  The Harper Arms Christmas Party.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Wychwood Brewdolph

    Golden Christmas Ale.

    Limited run from Wychwood.

    Nicely filled with mince pie flavours and still light enough to be a golden ale.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.8 / 5)

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  • Loddon Brewery Hocus Pocus

    Brewed using the ever popular English Goldings with the addition of Fuggle Hops, pale and dark malts, with a small amount of invert sugar, combine to form a rich, smooth traditional dark ale.

    4.6% Old Ale

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • West Berkshire Brewery – Mr Chubb’s Lunchtime Bitter

    This beautifully balanced session ale has a refreshing light floral flavour provided by a single variety of English hops. Mr Chubbs was the nickname given to the founder’s father, a lock keeper on the River Thames.

    3.7% ABV

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3 / 5)

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  • UPDATE: Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

    The Harper Arms are proud to support the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch.

    Success! – 96 Turtle hatchlings released

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  • UPDATE: Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

    The Harper Arms are proud to support the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch.

    Our nest has just been inspected and the first egg has hatched!

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  • UPDATE: Meantime Brewery – London Pale Ale

    Meantime London Pale Ale combines lots of American Cascade and Centennial hops to give it a complex citrus aroma and buckets full of local Kentish Goldings to provide the bitterness that makes the style so refreshing. Together they conspire to assail the nose with a complex, heady mix of  spearmint, grass and ‘hop sack’ aromas, fruity citrus flavours and a bitter finish that makes pale ale drinking a truly rewarding experience

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

    The Harper Arms are proud to support the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch.

    Our nest has just been inspected and the rescued turtle eggs are in good health.  They should hatch in the next few weeks.

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  • Wild Weather – Babel Tree

    3% Table Beer.
    Progressive fruit flavours push though an impressive body for a low ABV beer. Designed for afternoon repeatability with lingering hops sat above gentle malt.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.8 / 5)

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  • Stone Brewing – Stone IPA

    One of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the America, this golden beauty explodes with tropical, citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.8 / 5)

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  • Theakston – Old Peculier

    The Legend!

    Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.8 / 5)

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  • Oskar Blues – Dales Pale Ale


    This voluminously Hopped Mtha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish.

    Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, Colorado, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer

    American Strong Pale Ale 6.5%

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4.5 / 5)

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  • Rebellion – Red


    A warming, Autumnal red ale, rich & malty, with a balancing bittersweet hop character.

    10% Crystal malt blended with Maris Otter pale ale malt in the mash gives the beer its reddish hue. English First Gold & Goldings hops added at stages in the copper for flavour. Late addition Bramling Cross hops in the hop-back for a fruity aroma.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3 / 5)

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  • Aldi Beer Selection

    A selection of beers from Aldi under the Great British Brewing Company label.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): Not Rated

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  • Rebellion – Blonde


    A light golden Summer beer, with a citrusy hop character. Serve it slightly cooler than usual for an ale, to enhance its refreshing quality.

    A blend of Maris Otter pale & extra pale ale malt in the mash tun. First Gold hops in the copper, for that distinctive citrus hop bite!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • UPDATE: St Austell Tribute Ale

     

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    Tribute is the benchmark for The Harper Arms regulars.

    A  favourite choice throughout South West England as well as being one of the fastest growing premium cask ale brands in the rest of the UK.

    Tribute as it’s light, hoppy, zesty, easy to drink and consistently delicious.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (5 / 5)

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  • Windsor & Eaton – Kohinoor

    kohinoorBased on a classic IPA recipe which uses Imperial Malt along with Chinook, Simcoe and Pacific Jade hops. However the additional special ingredients of Jaggery (raw cane sugar from India bought from Southall market), Jasmine Petals, Cardamom and Coriander produce a distinctive twist to this “Indies Pale Ale”.

    The resultant beer is a pale, smooth, full IPA with a distinct bitterness and with a hop aroma that is enhanced by a touch of the exotic!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4 / 5)

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  • Sharps Brewery – Atlantic Pale Ale

    Sharps AtlanticAtlantic is a deep golden colour. The aroma of Pale Ale is a blend of stunning citrus notes, juicy tropical fruits and fresh-picked hops with a touch of candy floss. The flavour has a delicate sweetness with fruity succulence and citrus spice to the fore. The finish is sweet at first becoming dry and lingering with hop zest.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • ON TOUR: Malaysia – No beer here

    G&TAs a former British colony you would have thought IPA would be readily available in Malaysia but no sign of it. Even the Craft Beer revolution has not made it to these shores. Dave has had to drink lager:-(

    Fortunately as a seasoned traveler he always has his Gin & Tonic emergency supply with him.

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  • Badger Ales – Bottled Selection

    badgerA collection of bottled beers from Badger.

    Tangle Foot: This golden ale has hints of melon and pear that develop from fermentation. 5% ABV

    Golden Champion: This pale-golden ale has subtle elderflower aromas that are crisp and fruity, and a subtle tangerine, and floral taste. 5% ABV

    First Call: This malty, dark ale is distinctive with hints or orange and spice. 4% ABV

    Firkin Fox: This auburn ale has a biscuity maltiness taste, with intense aromas of citrus on the nose.  4.6% ABV

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): Not Rated

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  • Renegade Brewery – Red Eye PA

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    A collaboration with Farmageddon Brewery in Northern Ireland, a fruity, hoppy, Red IPA with bags of flavour and a dry resinous finish.

    Packed with Columbus, Galaxy and Centennial hops, this hoppy Red IPA begins with big aromas of burnt orange and passion fruit followed by sweet malt flavours and a dry resinous finish. Full-on with bags of flavour.

    Specially sourced at Dave’s request following his sampling of Farmageddon – India Pale Ale

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3 / 5)

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  • Brew Dog – Dead Pony Club


    PAYING HOP-FLECKED HOMAGE TO THE GLORY OF THE PACIFIC COAST, DEAD PONY CLUB HAS BEEN CRAFTED FROM AN INSANE AMOUNT OF US HOPS, DELIVERING MASSIVE CITRUS AROMAS OF LEMONGRASS AND LIME ZEST.

    Dead Pony is the invigorating surf that pounds the iridescent shoreline yards from the salt-encrusted asphalt of Route 1. The hop-heavy west-coast wonderland awaits.

    Dive in and the toasted malt base soon yields to a huge box-fresh hop hit, washing tropical fruit, floral garlands and spicy undertones all over your palate.

    Inspired by US-Style pale ales, Dead Pony is a low amplitude, high voltage hop hit; California dreaming for the craft beer generation.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Wild Boys

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    Collaboration with Yeastie Boys

    Texas Brown Ale.

    Drawing sweetness from a complex malt base but turning 360 with a vibrant mix of New Zealand & UK hops (with a handful of our favorite American hops in for good measure)

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Back to the Winchester

    Appropriate name for the Reading vs. Fulham play-off match!

    Red ale brewed with 100% Red X malt and dry hopped with Australian Galaxy.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • ON TOUR: Farmageddon – India Pale Ale

    FaramageddonJust when he thought the only beer available in Northern Ireland was Guinness, Dave  came across this excellent locally brewed IPA.

    A hoppy flavour with a stronger malt taste than your average IPA. Hopefully the LandL0rd can track some down for a proper Harper Arms tasting.

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  • Morland – Old Speckled Hen

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    A high proportion of crystal malt in Old Speckled Hen provides the key toffee/caramel flavour. The yeast used to ferment the beer provides the other key character – estery or banana/pear drop. This estery note provides the fruity and refreshing balance. The hops used add a palate cleansing herbal note and very slight orange citrus. A very malty, full bodied and warming ale.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Goose Island Beer Company – Goose IPA

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    An India Pale Ale that recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

    Hops: Cascade, Celeia, Centennial, Pilgrim, Styrian Golding

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

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  • BrewDog – Hop Fiction

    1488388763HopFiction_1.LEADAn American Pale Ale that bursts with tropical and citrus hoppy aromas.

    Bright, fresh  character explodes from this seasonal brew.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Harpers Brewing Company – Bottled Selection

    Harpers Brewing CompanyA selection of beers from Aldi under the Harper’s Brewing Company brand.

    Amber Stone is a traditional English bitter, Wild Billy’s IPA is an American IPA, Medusa is a ruby red ale and Golden Crown is a golden ale.

    Brewed by Marston’s in the UK.

     

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):

    • Golden Crown     (2.3 / 5)
    • Amber Stone        (2.3 / 5)
    • Wild Billy’s IPA   (2.5 / 5)
    • Medusa                 (2.8 / 5)
    • Overall               (2.5 / 5)

    Note that The Regulars are currently in dispute with Aldi over the use of the Harper name. We want to  ensure that the general public do not confuse these beers with our very own Harper Arms Hoppy Punch.

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  • London Beer Factory – Paxton IPA

    PPA2Paxton IPA is dry hopped with charismatic Australian hops known for their distinctive orange bouquet and wild herbal undertones. Full of flavour and attitude this beer does not apologise for what it is: a hard hitting, fully hopped IPA.

    Featuring Vic Secret Hops – Check out the comments for the LandL0rd’s favourite Vic Secret pics.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

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  • Shipyard – American IPA

    Shipyard IPACombining finest malted barley with a whole bunch of audacious American hops. This refreshing, and gutsy American IPA is dry, refreshing and explodes with grapefruity citrus flavour.

    This is brewed by Marston’s in the UK.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • ON TOUR: Anvil Ale – Pale Ale

    Anvil AleAfter a week in South Africa where the only beer available was lager, Dave was forced to drink Gin & Tonic and Red Wine until he came across this locally brewed Pale Ale.

    A copper-to-red coloured English ale. The late addition of imported Goldings hops gives this ale an aromatic floral hop character that is combined with mild fruitiness. This premium ale has a lingering spicy hop character on the back of the tongue, balanced by the malty fullness on the front of the palate.

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  • Binghams – Twyford Tipple

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    Easy drinking 3.7% ABV tawny coloured bitter which has a satisfying malty flavour with a citrus hop finish. Deliciously satisfying despite its lower alcoholic strength. The citrus hops give a refreshing, thirst quenching finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Marstons Old Empire IPA

    Old Empire IPACrafted to produce an authentic re-creation of an IPA. With its pale appearance, strong hoppy taste and higher alcoholic strength it comprises all the genuine characteristics of a true India Pale Ale, which were necessary to survive the three month long journey from Burton to Bombay – 5.7% abv.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Serendipity

    SerendipitySerendipity is an explosively fruity American Pale Ale. Big American hops deliver a huge nose over a subtle malt bill.

    3.9% Session Pale Ale

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • UPDATE: Wild Weather Ales – Fiddler on the Reef

    Fiddler-KegSimcoe Hopped

    American Amber

    Er… That’s it from the boys at Wild Weather

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

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  • BrewDog – Punk IPA

    Punk IPA

    Our scene-stealing flagship is an India Pale Ale that has become a byword for craft beer rebellion; synonymous with the insurgency against mass-produced, lowest common denominator beer. Punk IPA charges the barricades to fly its colours from the ramparts – full-on, full-flavour; at full-throttle.

    Layered with new world hops to create an explosion of tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee before a spiky bitter finish, this is transatlantic fusion running at the fences of lost empires.

    Nothing will ever be the same again.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.8 / 5)

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  • Hop Art – Golden IPA

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    This is a traditional English style of strong, powerfully hopped ale.

    Hop Art has taken inspiration from the American craft beer approach of massive hop aroma but with a unique balance to create a contemporary India Pale Ale.

    Pale and Crystal malts provide a golden biscuity canvas for the hops. Simcoe, Ahtanum, Admiral and Cascade combine here with late dry-hopping to deliver a hedonistic, hoppy hit.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3 / 5)

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  • Adnams Ghost Ship

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    At 4.5% abv, this Pale Ale has a good assertive pithy bitterness and a malty backbone. It is brewed with a selection of malts – Pale Ale, Rye and Cara – plus Citra, and a blend of other American hop varieties to create some great citrus flavours.

    Ghost Ship was adapted from a recipe for Deathly Pale Ale which was withdrawn from sales because the skull and cross-bones lablel was too similar to the poison symbol.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

     

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  • Robinsons Brewery – Trooper

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    TROOPER is a Premium British Beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery.

    Malt flavours and citric notes for a unique blend of Bobek, Goldings and Cascade hops give this deep golden ale a subtle hint of lemon. TROOPER takes its name from the Iron Maiden song which itself was inspired by the famous Charge of the Light Brigade.

    A real ale enthusiast, band vocalist Bruce Dickinson has helped develop a beer with a true depth of character.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3 / 5)

     

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Mind Bullets

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    Sorachi Ace Red, combines huge Lime and Coconut flavours with a subtle rosemary hint from Sorachi hops. A strong bitter start soon gives way to a lingering smooth mouth feel.

    You’ll love it or hate it. The Marmite of beers.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.3 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Betrayal

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    Named around the unfortunate end to one of our favorite games characters “faithful steed”

    PACKED with mosaic on a super light malt base for massive mango and grapefruit flavors and an intense citrus nose.

    Our first king keg!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (5 / 5)

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  • Greene King IPA

    pump-clip-preview-imageGreene King IPA is  an easy drinking, session ale with a hoppy taste and aroma making it clean, crisp and moreish.

    Carefully selected pale, crystal and black malts join with Pilgrim, Challenger and First Gold Hops to make a complex, refreshing ale.

    What’s more it is brewed next door to Dave’s old primary school!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.5 / 5)

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  • The Harper Arms – Hoppy Punch

    hoppy-punch The first beer to brewed by The Harper Arms. Hoppy Punch is an authentic IPA brewed with Thames Valley water and a single malt made from British grown Maris Otter Pale barley.

    Perfect for a winter’s day.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (6 / 5)

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  • Timothy Taylor’s Landord

    tim-taylors-landlordA Classic Strong Pale Ale. Refreshingly reliable, nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale with a complex and hoppy aroma has real “Pulling Power” and stands out in any bar as the ideal regular.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Robbers


    Nelson / Simcoe Black IPA – 4.2%

    Robbers is a twisted Black IPA. Starting by masking roasted notes with grape skin tannin and a subtle hint of raisin working through the spectrum and finishing with a massive pine and grapefruit finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Storm in a Teacup

    strom-in-a-tea-cupAfter trying this in the can we had to get a couple of growlers for a proper tasting.

    Earl Grey IPA.

    This is a beer with a worldwide love affair blending US and NZ hops with an Australian dry hop and Chinese inspired tea finishing with an English malt back bone.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (5 / 5)

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  • Meantime Brewery – London Pale Ale

    london-pale-aleOne hundred and fifty years ago the new bitter beer style, Pale Ale, was so popular that brewers had to import Californian hops to meet demand. Meantime London Pale Ale continues that tradition by combining lots of American Cascade and Centennial hops to give it a complex citrus aroma and buckets full of local Kentish Goldings to provide the bitterness that makes the style so refreshing. Together they conspire to assail the nose with a complex, heady mix of  spearmint, grass and ‘hop sack’ aromas, fruity citrus flavours and a bitter finish that makes pale ale drinking a truly rewarding experience

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Red Four Four Three

    seduce-443_rNo information yet about this new brew from Wild Weather except that its a 5% Red IPA.

    We can only assume that it is named after the Pleaser Seduce 443 Red Patent Court Shoes. Not sure whether the name was Ian or Mike’s idea 🙂

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Honorary Mention: Wild Weather Ales – Storm in a Teacup

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    Our friends at Wild Weather Ales have finally got their canning operation up and running with excellent results.  The cans are all works of art in themselves, and they have even improved some of their most popular beers in preparation for the canning run.

    One new one that they brought to my attention was this cracker of a beer, Storm In A Teacup, an Earl Grey IPA.  At 6% avb the trendy craft beer sized can still packs a punch.

    The whole brew went into the cans but hopefully we will get a draft sample to try so that we can rate it 🙂

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  • West Berkshire Brewery – Dr. Hexter’s Healer

    wbb-dr-hexters-healer-pump-clip-300x300Full-bodied and highly hopped, this award-winning ale is packed with rich flavours and marmalade zestiness.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • Guinness Golden Ale

    guiness-golden-aleA beautifully balanced ale with a delicate hop aroma, subtle malty biscuit flavours and a refreshingly crisp finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – United States Of Whatever

    13712805_742701225872500_261446775_nNot on the web-site but The Regulars managed to track this one down.

    A Pale base sits beautifully with Mosaic hops creating a tropical Mango plinth before being blown away by kilos of mango puree, close your eyes, doth grass skirt and be transported to a tropical place.

    A 3.8% session beer.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.3 / 5)

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  • Renegade Brewery – India Session Ale

    renegade-india-session-ale-round-lens-with-lineA sessionable, complex, hop-laden, chewy beast of an IPA from our friends at West Berkshire Brewery

    For those who love hops but not the knee trembling ABV ( e.g. Wayne) , look no further.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • SPECIAL EVENT – Lagerfest

    lager5.5 billion pints of lager were drunk in the UK in 2015. Surely it can’t all be terrible.

    In order to check that The Regulars are not missing something, The Harper Arms will be holding its very own Lagerfest.

    Naturally it will be ice cold, fizzy and tasteless. Probably not “perfect for a summers day” but who knows!

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Fiddler on the Reef

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    American Amber

    Er… That’s it from the boys at Wild Weather

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Big Muddy

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    English Ale – 3.8%

    Big Muddy is a tawny ale where a smooth malty bitterness combines with floral spicy and mild citrus hoppy overtones.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Hogs Back – TEA

    tea-323x400A Classic Best Bitter

    An enticing amber colour with a hoppy and slightly fruity aroma. Using the finest English malt carefully balanced with local Fuggles hops, it is gently fermented to leave some of the natural malt sugars, to give a full and satisfying flavour with a long, dry finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Thirty Lives

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    Thirty Lives takes full bodied fruit flavors and translates them into a tantalizing tropical tongue experience. Starting with mango’s and honeydew melon on the nose and leading into a rich mouthfeel with an explosion of pink grapefruit and white grape. A summer behemoth!!

    Mosaic & Huell Melon American Wheat – 4.4%

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Morland – Old Golden Hen

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    Morland’s Greene King’s “Old Golden Hen” captures a celestial ray of sunshine in the form of a rare and very special Tasmanian hop called Galaxy

    A light gold hoppy bitter with loads of peach and grapefruit on the nose, and a broad, fruity taste, finished off with gentle bitterness..

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.3 / 5)

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  • Windsor & Eton – Eton Boatman

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    Eton Boatman (4.3% ABV) is a golden ale and was released as the perfect beer for cheering on the Olympic rowing at Eton Dorney, less than a mile away from the Windosr & Eaton brewery.

    Eton Boatman has a fresh, clean and full flavoured taste. It is made with a combination of American Citra hops producing citrus flavours and Australian Galaxy hops giving hints of exotic fruit. A perfect beer for those summer months

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • Wizard – Robinsons Brewery

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    This is the stuff of Cheshire legend (The Wizard of Alderley Edge), combined with 5 English hops, pale, wheat and magical crystal malts.

    The result is Wizard, a mythical amber ale with a spell-binding fruity, zesty palate…and a tantalising hint of blackcurrant.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.8 / 5)

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  • Loose Cannon – Abingdon Bridge

    abingdon-bridge-600x600Traditional with a modern twist. Loose Cannon’s first and still most popular brew. A copper hue belies the floral aroma of this thirst quenching beer. Smooth malty notes with a balanced hoppy finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Keyboard Warrior

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    Simcoe Single Hop English Brown Ale – 3.9%

    Who says an English brown ale should be dull?  Keyboard Warrior takes a traditional base and then rocks it’s world with a whole heap of Simcoe creating massive grapefruit, pine and lime notes finishing with a hint of orange zest.

    Very appropriate name for The Regulars.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Beavertown – Neck Oil Session IPA

    Beavertown-Neck OilBeavertown’s Session IPA Neck Oil pack a huge amount of flavour into a light, refreshing beer. It is crammed full of hops that are added a different times during the brew to bring out their individual flavours while reducing the bitterness. It starts out very dry to taste that is then quickly overtaken by the floral fruity notes of the hops before a dry, hoppy full-flavoured finish that makes a mockery of its low abv.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Hunters – Pheasant Plucker

    pheasantPluckerA selection of bottled conditioned beers from Hunters Brewery.

    Pheasant Plucker, a light gold speciality ale with an aroma of spicy hops, molasses and cocoa and a rich and fruity taste.

    Devon Dreamer is an Amber Bitter with an aroma of orange and fresh goldings and a zesty, refreshing and well balanced taste.

    Bluebeard’s Revenge – The Ultimate Pale Ale! Really?

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): Not Rated. Sampling Only

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  • Brewery of the Year

    The Harper Arms are proud to award the coveted The Harper Arms Brewery of the Year Award to, Wild Weather Ales.

    Wild Weather Brewery of the Year

    The Regulars have enjoyed some outstanding beers from this up and coming local brewery. See Wild Weather Ales Reviews for a selection of our tasting notes.

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Shepherds Warning

    Shepherd WarningShepherds Warning is a pale IPA where the flavour begins soft and smooth building to a wonderful big hit of hoppy grapefruit, peach and mango.

    At 5.6% it should carry a warning!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (5 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales – Choppy Waters

    Wild Weather Ales - Choppy WatersNo marketing babble has yet been published by Wild Weather Ales – or as far as I can find.  So I’ll make some up.

    Citrus hops, fairy dust and water from the moon make Choppy Waters a truly out of this world beer.  Made from an ancient recipe that can be traced back to the Cavemen this beer will make you more attractive to women, make you stronger and faster than you’ve ever experienced and give a rapier wit to rival Comedy Club headliners the world over.

     

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.8 / 5)

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  • Binghams – Space Hoppy IPA

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    Refreshing golden India Pale Ale with citrus hops. No marketing bullshit from this brewer  – Thanks Binghams 🙂

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Rebellion – Waterloo

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    Waterloo is a chestnut ale with a crisp hoppy finish. The aroma hop, Hallertau Blanc, was only released in 2012. It has a bold and fresh profile and will contribute gooseberry, lemongrass and passionfruit character similar to a glass of its namesake Sauvignon blanc.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Belhaven Fruit Beer

    beerimg_fruit2Not just the domain of the Belgians,the Scots have combined another two things they think they are great at – beer and soft fruits. Not too sweet though, for its great fruity addition, it’s got just the right balance of fruit and bitterness. A perfect beer for summer days (raining or otherwise)

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (0 / 5)

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  • West Berkshire Brewery – Mister Swift’s Pale Ale

    Mr-SwiftsMr Swift’s Pale Ale is a light, fragrantly hoppy and extremely drinkable bitter.

    The hops in this brew are a classic mix of Fuggles and Goldings over a pale malt based creating a uniquely refreshing session ale.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • Andwell’s Ruddy Darter

    untitled2The beer, the newest to the Andwell’s range, uses malted rye to create its characteristic ruby glow. The flavours and aromas derive from a combination of English hops.

    A rich ruby ale with a fruity  aroma.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • Wychwood Bottled Beer Collection

    Wychwood collectionA range of bottle only beers from Wychwood.

    Fire Catcher is a  blonde ale at 3.5% ABV.

    Dr Thirsty’s no 4 is an unpasteurised blonde ale and comes in a bit stronger at 4.1%

    Arrowaine is a dark chestnut ale with a flavour that lingers longer than you want it to 🙁 The Regulars had to have a quick Soundwave to take away the taste!

    Goliath is a full-bodied and robust ruby ale. The most well known beer in the collection

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):

    • Fire Catcher           (3 / 5) 
    • Dr Thirsty’s no 4   (3.5 / 5) 
    • Arrowaine               (1 / 5)
    • Goliath                       (3.5 / 5)
    • Overall               (2.8 / 5)
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  • Siren Craft Brew – Soundwave

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    A 5.6% west coast IPA: golden, immensely hoppy and alive with grapefruit, peach and mango flavours.

    Soundwave carries her drinker to the west coast, to the golden shores of California where craft ale is nectar. She is the driest of Siren’s ales – full with flavour but subtle with bitterness.

    Her resinous finish will pull you off balance.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Guinness Brewery St James’s Gate

    Guinness2Dave had the opportunity to taste Guinness at its best at the world famous St James’s Gate Brewery.

    My Guinness was brewed from the finest Irish barley, water from the Wiklow mountains, hops from around the world and used a strain of yeast dating back over 200 years.  It was then pumped full of nitrogen, served in a 20oz tulip glass and of course let to settle for the obligatory 119.5s before being topped off and finally handed over to me for tasting.

    Guinness doesn’t get any better than this… but it’s still only Guinness!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.5 / 5)

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  • BrewDog back catalogue

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    For all you budding brewers out there.. The brilliance that is BrewDog have released their back catalogue, complete with ingredients, ‘how to’ and brewers tips for each and every beer they brew(ed) to date. The link will automatically download it in PDF format.  Happy brewing..

    DIY DOG.pdf

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  • Loddon Brewey Hullabaloo

    HullaballooA copper coloured best bitter with a rich, nutty malt, balanced by the dry herb flavour of English Fuggle Hops.

    Guaranteed to cause a stir!

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.5 / 5)

     

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  • Wild Weather Ales Sunbathe in The Shade

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    A pale ale where satsuma and lime sit above a rich peach base giving a strong hoppy start leading to a delicate fruit finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4.5 / 5)

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  • Taylor’s Port

    taylorsTaylor’s is one of the most highly respected producers of aged tawny Port wines.

    The 10 Year Old is a blend of magnificent tawny from its extensive reserves of old cask aged Ports.

    In the 20 Year Old tawny, the fruit has mellowed further than in the 10 Year Old, and the spicy, nutty aromas of ageing are more powerful and intense.

    Taylor’s is one of the few remaining houses to produce a 30 Year Old aged tawny Port. Only every two or three years is a reserve of Port with sufficient structure, fruit and power to age is laid aside to age in oak casks. Those that have reached their peak after thirty years are then blended together for balance and finesse. This is one such wine.

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  • Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold

    hobgoblin-gold-OPTThe latest beer from the Hobgoblin range.

    A golden ale made from a combination of hops from England, New Zealand and the USA and a fusion of wheat and malted barley.

    Expect a huge hop punch.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (4 / 5)

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  • BrewDog 5AM Saint

    14484507205AMSaint_5BrewDog’s Amber / Red Ale.

    From their web-site..

    <<Marketing bull-shit deleted>>

    Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (2 / 5)

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  • Nobby’s Nuts

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    Delicious and simple salted peanuts.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Cockles, 1=Pickled Egg):  (1 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales Brewery Visit

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    The Regulars have been invited to a special  tasting at Wild Weather Ales. Based in an industrial unit just outside of Tadley historic Roman Silchester, Wild Weather Ales has been producing some great beers since 2012 AD 43.

    The Regulars hope to be sampling some of their favourites like Sunset Black IPA and Shepherds Warning Pale Ale as well as the latest addition Sunday League Relegation Playoff – a red IPA.

    Note from LandL0rd. No beers will be rated on this visit. The Harper Arms by-laws state that a full evenings drinking is required in order to determine the Harper Arms Rating.

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  • Brakspear Oxford Gold

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    Brakspear Oxford Gold is a remarkably zesty brew, with fresh, citrussy aromas and a firm, fruity flavour. Pale ale malts provide the beer with its gold-gilt shimmer, spruced by a hatful of crystal malts to give body, texture and a delicate honey’d wrap.

    The blend of hops delivers a shamelessly fresh perfume and fermentation by the  Brakspear yeast gives Brakspear Oxford Gold a fabulous, fruity finish.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4 / 5)

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  • Theakston Best Bitter

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    Theakston Best Bitter is the leading session ale within the Theakston portfolio and  probably one of the longest established session ales in Yorkshire.

    A full bodied, dry beer, made from five different hop varieties forming a complex but subtle taste profile. The combination of dryness as generated through the use of Target and Challenger hops, is balanced by sweetness created by the generous use of prime malting Barley providing the perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of food flavours.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3 / 5)

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  • Sharps Brewery – Doom Bar

    Doom Bar is inspired by its namesake, the treacherous sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary near Sharps’ home at Rock. Accomplished and precise, Doom Bar is the epitomy of consistency, balance and moreish appeal and is now the UK’s no.1 selling cask beer.

    An enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.

    Note that the bottled version is not actually brewed in Rock

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4 / 5)

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  • Carling

    A masterful blend that balances depth of flavour with the thirst quenching refreshment of the UK’s no.1 lager.

    Britain’s best selling lager for three decades.

    As mass produced commercial lagers go, Carling is the Harper Arms benchmark.

    Perfect on a hot summer’s day.

     Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (1 / 5)

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  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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    Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (2 / 5)

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  • Wild Weather Ales What A HORRIBLE NIGHT

    Horrible_NightTrick Or Treat Treakle Stout – 4.9% ABV

    A deliciously smooth stout with a thick and gooey black treacle base, starting with notes of chocolate and pepper, and growing into a bonfire toffee style finish. A must for deep contemplation in front of the fire.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4 / 5)

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  • Mr Porky Pork Scratchings

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    A genuine legend amongst snacks and the original Mr Porky product. Classic Scratchings that have been tempting taste buds for decades.
    Made using quality rinds taken from pork shanks, the Scratchings are cooked until they reach that perfect level of crunchiness before being lovingly seasoned and packed in foil bags to keep them fresh and flavoursome.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Cockles, 1=Pickled Egg):  (4 / 5)

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  • West Berkshire Brewery – Good Old Boy

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    A classic bitter brewed with a blend of rich malted barley and fruity hops to produce an exceptionally well-balanced and full-flavoured beer.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (4 / 5)

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  • Wychwood Hobgoblin

    Hobgoblin-Standard-Clip-2013-2Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3 / 5)

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  • Dave’s Old English Ale

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    One of The Regulars tried to brew their own – just how hard can it be?

    A dark traditional bitter with a characteristic dry, hoppy finish and full bodied flavour with a hint of diesel.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (1 / 5)

     

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  • St Austell Tribute Ale

     

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    Tribute is the benchmark for The Harper Arms regulars.

    A  favourite choice throughout South West England as well as being one of the fastest growing premium cask ale brands in the rest of the UK.

    Tribute as it’s light, hoppy, zesty, easy to drink and consistently delicious.

    Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (5 / 5)

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