Our Tastings


Elusive – Punch Out Round 9

Punch Out dives through the ropes and back into the ring to showcase two delicious hop varietals from New Zealand. Waimea brings fruity resinous notes (think Columbus) and Wai-Iti adds spritzy lemon.

We sneaked a little bit of Nelson in too, because why not?

4.3% ABV

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

Share this:
Share

Rebellion – Beer X


Beer X is a trial brew of a medium strength golden beer. It is an easy-drinking, well balanced pale ale with a pleasing hoppy aroma.

Brewed with exclusively 100% Marris Otter pale ale malt which gives a clean and crisp base. British hops, First Gold, and Goldings add citrus and floral notes. American Citra hops added to the hopback add a distinct aroma of grapefruit and tropical fruit.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.4 / 5)

Share this:
Share

UPDATE: St Austell Tribute Ale

The Harper Arms regulars were sad to learn of the death of Roger Ryman, the St Austell Chief Brewer who created Tribute, the Harper Arms benchmark beer.

As our own tribute, we held yet another tasting of this excellent beer.

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

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

Share this:
Share

Phantom Brewing – Ball Pit

Uber juicy and nicely hoppy an example of how a good NEIPA should be. Full of character with great aromas of peach, and a great finish.

HOPS: Idaho 7, Citra, Cryo Ekuanot

An awesome beer from this new Reading brewery.

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

Share this:
Share

Rebellion – Zebedee

A straw coloured, pale ale with a clean, fresh & uncomplicated taste. The hops add a crisp bitterness, making it very drinkable. Citra hops added in the hopback give Zebedee a tropical fruit aroma.

Malt: Pale
Hop: First Gold / Goldings / Citra

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

Share this:
Share

Rebellion – Square Leg

Light amber in colour due to a small amount of lightly roasted crystal malt. This adds a slight sweetness and subtle caramel note that acts as a counterweight to the generous hop charge. We are using Goldings for its exceptionally smooth bittering quality and Citra and Mosaic for the hefty aromas they add. The result is a well-balanced hoppy beer with a wonderful tropical fruit aroma.

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

Share this:
Share

UPDATE: 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)

Share this:
Share

Elusive – Overdrive


American Pale Ale 5.5% ABV

Overdrive is a crisp and clean American Pale Ale with an assertive bitterness and aromatic and flavoursome hop profile. Two different hops are used in the whirlpool and for dry hopping.

Special precautions were taken to sample this beer during the Coronavirus out-break. It was worth it!

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

Share this:
Share

Double-Barrelled – Parka


Pale Ale 4.5% ABV

12g/L of Citra dry hopping gives you Citra’s vibrant citrus notes followed with an ever so slightly bitter finish, leaving you wanting more.

Parka is perfect for well balanced, sessionable drinking.

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

Share this:
Share

UPDATE: Loddon – NOTUS

NOTUS is a perfectly balanced APA

A multi award-winning American Pale Ale, including,  Beer of Festival at Burghfest in 2016.

Hops: Citra, Centinnial, Sterling, Cascade

Malt: Low-colour, Maris Otter, Rye Crystal, Cara, Amber, Wheat, Chocolate.

Now brewed unfined for an even more hoppy taste.

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

Share this:
Share

UPDATE: 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)

 

Share this:
Share

UPDATE: Wild Weather Ales – War Against Reality

A soft, juicy New England IPA brewed in collaboration with New Lion Brewery. Hazy, smooth and double dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe.

Having enjoyed this at The Weather Station the LandL0rd procured a keg for The Harper Arms Christmas party.  It tasted even better than before!

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

Share this:
Share

Rebellion – Wing Man

An amber and malty classic bitter. Chocolate and double roasted crystal malts add a rich caramel and a light roasted flavour. Oats add a satisfyingly smooth mouthfeel.

Phoenix and Progress hops have classic British hop characteristics with subtle floral and spicy notes. Lemondrop adds, as the name suggests, a mellow citrus character to lift the beer. Overall a well-balanced, well crafted, east drinking traditional British bitter perfect for a late Autumn day in the pub.

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

Share this:
Share

Loddon – Citra Quad

Burghfest Award Winner

Citra Quad is a quadruple-hopped session IPA which honours that juiciest and most tropical hop – Citra.

Abundantly hopped with Citra over four stages of the brewing process, this 4.4% beer packs a punch of intense flavours and aromas that will be sure to get your mouth watering.

A soft water profile and heaps of oat malts provide a rich mouthfeel and help accentuate the pungent citrus overtones desired by this style.

Citra Quad is the first new beer produced by the new Loddon head brewer Jake Bartleet-Perry and also the first beer served at The Harper Arms using our new draught beer equipment.

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

Share this:
Share

ON TOUR: Wild Weather Ales – War Against Reality

The Regulars decided it was time to visit Reading’s newest Craft Beer pub – The Weather Station.

The Weather Station is a showcase for Wild Weather Ales and had over 20 Wild Weather Ales on-tap – What’s not to like?

Well, trouble is that 18 of the 20 were sours….Ugh.

A Harper’s Arms favourite, Shepherds Warning, was available but the best beer of the night was War Against Reality. A soft, juicy New England IPA brewed in collaboration with New Lion Brewery. Hazy, smooth and double dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe. The required number of pints of this were consumed to allow us to rate it.

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

Share this:
Share

Little London – Santa’s Pride

Best Bitter
4.2% Amber 
Specially brewed for Burghfest

An easy drinking, slightly tart pale bitter brewed from the finest Maris Otter, Crystal and Chocolate Malts and bittered with Fuggles and Goldings to deliver a lovely malt feel in the mouth with a dry, tangy fruit finish.

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

 

Share this:
Share

Brew Dog – Instamatic


White India Pale Ale

Instamatic is a Spring loaded, zesty IPA. As fresh as a Bel-Air morning. Tropical fruit aromas are rapidly pursued by pineapple, mango and lemon with floral undertones on the palate. Built from the ground up on a solid caramel malt superstructure. Wheat allows for a super smooth delivery. And a pronounced bitterness lingers to the end. Refreshing, fresh and fruity.

Instamatic – Rejuvinate your senses.

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

Share this:
Share

West Berkshire Brewery – Snake Oil

Hoppy as hell, masses of stone fruit and over-ripe mango on the nose. Biscuit and crisp bitterness in and around the mouth.

ABV 7.5%

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):   (0.5 / 5)

Share this:
Share

West Berkshire Brewery – West Coast Pale Ale

Shedloads of American hops result in a grapefruit aroma, bright citrus flavour and a distinct bitterness.

ABV 5.1%

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

Share this:
Share

Hyde & Wilde – American Style IPA

Hyde and Wilde is “Sainsbury’s own craft brewery” but its actually brewed by Marston’s exclusively for Sainsbury’s.

This one is the American Style IPA with a blend of barley and wheat, as well as Citra and Summit hops. According to Sainsburys …

Yee-Haw! Let’s thank the Yanks for their bold, citrusy hops! With a blast of grapefruit and a hit of gooseberry, this beer rocks! 

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

Share this:
Share

It's all about the beer!

Scroll Up