Our Tastings


Stardust Brewery – Hop Tub

New England IPA 6.3% ABV

This unfined pale packs the fruity flavours like your morning fruit juice. Double dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Nelson and Simcoe.

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

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Brewmeister Snake Venom


67.5% ABV
!! WARNING !! This beer is not for the feint-hearted

Brewmeister Snake Venom is currently recognised as the strongest beer in the World. It is brewed in Moray from smoked, peated malt using two varieties of yeast, one beer and one Champagne. Like other ultra high strength beers it is frozen several times after the fermentation process, and the ice crystals removed. This concentrates the alcohol, flavour, and body of the beer as water is removed each time. The beer is then fortified with alcohol to increase the strength further.

The result is a powerful, viscous, intensely flavoured beer that should be treated more like a spirit with regards to its consumption. There is no carbonation as the liquid is too thick to hold carbon dioxide bubbles.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (0.3 / 5)

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Fullers – Vintage Ale 2021

Pale Ale 8.5% ABV

Now on its 25th edition, 2021 is a landmark year for Vintage Ale. At its heart, Pale Ale and Caragold malts combine with DRC®(Double Roasted Crystal), to deliver a toffee and raisin sweetness. Turning to hops, we’re showcasing younger UK varieties for their luscious fruitiness. Endeavour brings plummy tones, while Olicana® and the yet unnamed experimental hop CF182 add tropical and orange notes. All complemented, as ever, by the zesty marmalade character of our famous Fuller’s yeast.

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

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UPDATE: West Berkshire Brewery – Maharaja IPA

India Pale Ale 5.1% ABV

This is WBB’s full-bodied New World hopped jaw-dropper of an IPA with full on tropical fruit flavours, mouth-watering bitterness and a rich, earthy finish.

It was even better this time out and so we have upgraded the rating.

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

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Stardust Brewery – English Bitter

Bitter 4.0% ABV

This beer is blended to bring out the very best of traditional British malt and hop flavours. The raised malt profile unlocks notes of roasted caramel, which mingle with classic hop aromas.

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

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Loddon – Colour Outside The Lines

Double Dry-Hopped IPA 5.0%

You can expect an immense fruit punch of flavours, from the abundance of El Dorado and Taiheke hops added throughout the brewing process – creating a gorgeous hit of lime, grapefruit, pineapple and watermelon.

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

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Delphic Brewing – Kurupt

IPA – Black / Cascadian Dark Ale– 4.0% ABV

A pitch black, heavily dry hopped IPA with Centennial taking the lead. So expect lots of citrus, pine and floral hop notes under a slightly roasty malt profile.

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

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Loddon – Dragonfly

Strong Pale Ale 5.2%

Sharp and refreshing with a crisp, clean bitterness and heaps of cascade and comet hops providing a floral, peppery aroma with hints of grapefruit.

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

 

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UPDATE: 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 all-time favourite of The Regulars!

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

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Rebellion – Red Card

Golden & Vibrant 4.2%

Red Card is a golden pale ale with a vibrant hop character. A smidgen of crystal T50 creates the golden colour and adds a bit of depth to the malt character. A trio of citrusy hops in Motueka, Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo add notes of orange, grapefruit and gooseberry.  A crisp, fresh, zesty and refreshing beer.

Malt: Maris Otter Pale Ale, Crystal T50

Hops: Progress, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo

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

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UPDATE: West Berkshire Brewery – Good Old Boy

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A multi award winning classic English Bitter with a silky-smooth mouth feel. Good old Boy is brewed with a blend of rich malted barley and fruity hops to produce and exceptionally well-balanced and full-flavoured beer.

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

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Longdog Brewery – Basingstoke Pride

Best Bitter 4.2%

A traditional amber best bitter that is deceptively drinkable.

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

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UPDATE: Timothy Taylor’s Landlord

The Regulars celebrated the reopening of the pubs by a visit to the nearby Six Bells.

It seemed fitting to sample an old favorite Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. It is a classic pale ale with a complex citrus and hoppy aroma.

it has won more awards than any other beer, winning both CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain and the Brewing Industry Awards Gold Medal four times.

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

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West Berkshire Brewery – Detour Pale Ale

Pale Ale 4.5%

Take a detour with this super easy drinking pale. Crammed full of tropical fruit and citrus flavours with a crisp, balanced bitterness.

The Regulars had the opportunity to sample this n bottles and cans. On balance, the bottled version was marginally preferred as it seemed to hold the head longer. Further scientific analysis is required to determine whether this was related to temperature effects.

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

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

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Elusive – Vortex

Double Black IPA 8%

An amped-up version of Burghfest award-winning Shadow of the Beast. Bigger, bolder, badder!

Expect a balance of roast malt flavours with a blackcurrant undertone before a big hit of citrus hops washes over the palate.

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

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Rebellion – Slipstream

Red & Malty 4.2%

Slipstream is red and full of malt character. Double roasted crystal, dehusked roasted malt and black malt all add a well-balanced and relatively subtle roasted flavour. WGV, a traditional British hop, adds floral notes and well-rounded bitterness.

Malt: Maris Otter Pale Ale, Double Roasted Crystal, De-husked Roasted, Black

Hops: WGV (Whitbread Goldings Variety)

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

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Brewdog vs. Cloudwater – New England IPA


New England IPA 6.8%

A collaboration between Scotland’s BrewDog and London’s Cloudwater breweries! This New England IPA is a juicy, hoppy brew, showcasing US hops alongside wheat and oats. If tropical fruit and bitter hops are your kind of thing, this certainly will be too!

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

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Siren Craft & Elusive Collaboration – Zombies Ate My Neighbours

Black IPA 6.2%

A special collaboration between neighbours Siren Craft Brew and Elusive Brewing. As Andy from Elusive has been campaigning so successfully for #BIPACOMEBACK, it was an easy decision to collaborate on a Black IPA. A carefully considered selection of malts balances perfectly with complementary hops, leaving this beer buzzing in vibrant orange, pine and berry aromas.

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

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Watneys – Party Seven

The Party Seven was famous the world over and was at the heart of millions of parties in the ’60s and ’70s. Originally the Party Four, Watneys added the Party Seven to the range and started a revolution of party drinking and drinking at home.

Now it’s back – with a burst of tangerine and orange blossom in the aroma. This is repeated in the flavour with orange, grapefruit, and pine overlaying a base of malt biscuits. Smooth on the palate, the beer has a firm bitterness upfront which lingers on the finish.

… and no hammer and nails required.

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

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Elusive – Cottonwood

West Coast Pale Ale  – 5.4% ABV

A bold and bitter West Coast-style Pale Ale hopped with Centennial and dry-hopped with Simcoe for notes of orange and pine.

Third and final beer from the excellent Burghfield Santa’s Beer Takeaway service.

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

 

 

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