Category Archives: Draft Beer

Beer as it is supposed to be served. Conditioned in the cask.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hogs Back – TEA

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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