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Marstons – 61 Deep

61 metres is the depth of the well at the Marston’s Brewery that gives this refreshing pale ale it’s name. The five American and Australian hops give it it’s fresh, zesty aroma, whilst the tropical fruit and citrus notes make it extremely drinkable.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (3.8 / 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robinsons Brewery – Trooper

Trooper

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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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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Morland – Old Golden Hen

Old Golden Hen

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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Wizard – Robinsons Brewery

Robinsons Wizard

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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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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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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Siren Craft Brew – Soundwave

siren-soundwave

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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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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