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?
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.
A 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.
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Ghost Ship was adapted from a recipe for Deathly Pale Ale which was withdrawn from sales because the skull and cross-bones lablel was too similar to the poison symbol.
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.
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 🙂
Not 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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.