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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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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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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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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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Theakston – Old Peculier

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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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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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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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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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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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BrewDog – Punk IPA

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wild Weather Ales – Choppy Waters

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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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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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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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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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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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