Our Tastings

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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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)

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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UPDATE: Little London – Hoppy Hilda

A light golden pale ale brewed with Maris Otter barley and crystal malts, generously complemented with fuggle and golding hops.

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

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UPDATE: Wild Weather Ales – King St Pale

An easy-drinking hazy extraordinaiore of a beer, King St. Pale is loaded up with oats for a silky mouthfeel and topped off with a healthy charge of Mosaic dry hops.

Brewed in conjunction with Honest Burgers, Reading.

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

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Longdog Brewery – Columbus Single Hopped Ale

No pump-clip or description on their web-site, no hits on Google I think this is an American Pale Ale but who knows!

Are we the first people to taste this beer?

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

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Camerons – Ahop-alypse Now

ATTEN HUT!!! Camerons have created a golden beer with a citrus aroma and satisfying full hop flavour. The Cascade, Chinook and Fuggles hops deliver an initial citrus flavour followed by a satisfying bitter taste

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

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Rebellion – Near Miss

A pale ale with a hoppy finish. 100% pale ale malt for a golden colour and light biscuit flavour. Motueka and Simcoe hops add a citrus fruit character.

Malt: Maris Otter Pale Ale
Hops: Motueka, Simcoe
Strength: 4.2%

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

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Andwell’s Resolute

Taking its name from a town within the high Arctic, despite its cool name this is the sort of bitter that you’ll easily warm to.

Andwell’s Best Bitter combines the finest malt and hops to produce a well balanced malty and hoppy flavour with a light amber colour.

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

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Oakham Ales – Citra

Light gold in colour, bursting with citrus and tropical hop flavours and sensationally refreshing. The original UK Citra.

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

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Muddled Memories – Calmer Llama

Calmer Llama is an American IPA made with a blend of Biscuit and Vienna malt and the fruity flavoured single hop Citra all wrapped together to give a 6.6% ABV.

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

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Rebellion – Dive Bomb

Dive Bomb is a Golden Ale with a pronounced hop aroma. Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Azacca and Citra all vie for your attention, layering on flavours of Citrus and tropical fruits.

Malt: Maris Otter Pale Ale, Crystal

Hops: Mosiac. Nelson Sauvin, Azacca, Citra

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

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UPDATE: Morland – Old Speckled Hen


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)

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Zero Degrees – Downtown

Zero  Degrees take on making a great American Pale Ale. British & German malts meet sexy American hops and their first brew!

Fruity is the first word that comes to mind – mainly tangerine, grapefruit and melon. Then you notice the pleasant, full bodiness of it and how easy it is to drink. ABV 4.6%.

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

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UPDATE: Wild Weather Ales – Shepherds Warning

Shepherd WarningShepherds Warning is a pale IPA where the flavour begins soft and smooth building to a wonderful big hit of hoppy grapefruit, peach and mango.

At 5.6% it should carry a warning!

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

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UPDATE: Siren Craft Brew – Soundwave


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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