Our Tastings


Stardust Brewery – Optic

Pale Ale 4.2% ABV

An aromatic hoppy pale ale. Capturing the full potential of the fruity American hop flavours, this beer is designed to slip down easily while packing in the best of the hop properties. A smooth mouth feel with tropical fruits on the nose.

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

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UPDATE: 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.

Rating upgraded to 4 on this second tasting!

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

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Siren Craft Brew – Coldblooded

Cold-steeped Porter: 5% ABV.

A slight detour from the norm being the darkest beer yet to grace the Landl0rd’s key keg taps at The Harper Arms, Coldblooded is cold steeped overnight before the brew day, which gives a gorgeous chocolatey base. From there expect roasty notes layered amongst subtle smoke, coffee and dark chocolate. Coldblooded pours silky smooth and drinks with a satisfying richness. Un-chilled this is apparently perfect on a stormy night, so if it goes down well with the regulars, we may see it reappear when the weather changes.

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Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): TASTING 5th August 2020

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Phantom Brewing – Feeling This

American Pale Ale. 5% ABV.

Hopped with Columbus and Cascade, and then dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, this is a juicy pale complimented by the oats in the malt bill.

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

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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): (4.3 / 5)

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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): (4.3 / 5)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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