Our Tastings


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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Binghams – Brickworks Bitter

Brickworks Bitter is a malty bitter which is chestnut in colour with a slightly nutty hint. Hops balance the maltiness to provide a well rounded best bitter.

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

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Devil’s Backbone America IPA by Marstons

American IPA is the first Devil’s Backbone beer to be sold outside of the United States. The beer is an original Devil’s Backbone recipe showcasing American hops and brewed especially for the English palate. It’s a mix of English (East Kent Goldings and Admiral) and American hops added late in the process with a single-infusion mash of Pale Ale malt.

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

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Rebellion – Afterburner

A classic British brown bitter with plenty of dark malt and exclusively British hops. Roasted maltiness with spicy, earthy and floral hop aroma.

Dark & Malty – delicious!

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate

Hops: Fuggles, Phoenix, WGV

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

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Windsor & Eaton – Last Drop

Rose Red Bitter

Specially brewed for the Six Nations. How better to celebrate an English grand slam.

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

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Ossett Brewery – Yorkshire Blonde


A Fruity Pale Ale.

Yorkshire Blonde is a mellow, lager coloured ale. Full-bodied and low in bitterness, there is a delicate malty sweetness on the palate. The fruity hop aroma results from a generous late addition of Mount Hood hops.Our biggest selling beer, Yorkshire Blonde is a mellow, lager coloured ale.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (1.8 / 5)

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Rebellion – Gold

A rich golden ale with an intensely hoppy aroma. We’ve crammed the hop back with as much American Mosaic hops as we could. This gives the beer a huge aroma of tropical fruits, citrus fruits and red berry. We’ve kept the bitterness relatively low despite the huge dose of late hops, so Gold retains its drinkability and balance. A truly contemporary golden ale.

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

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Modue Brewery – Radgie Gadgie

A strong, easy drinking northern ale, with balanced hops, fruit and malt and a long, lingering finish. Champion Strong Bitter of Britain award 1998.

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

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New Wharf – Santa Brews


In collaboration with the Burghfield Santas

This small batch brew is packed solid with various hops from around the world. A solid malt back bone wisps away to leave deep peachy notes, leading to a light chocolate autumn berry sweetness.

This amazing beer was originally brewed exclusively for Burghfest where it won the coveted Beer of the Festival award. As it was so popular New Wharf brewed it again for Christmas.

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

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Rebellion – Peacemaker

Peacemaker is an Oatmeal Pale Ale. The addition of oats adds a subtle nuttiness and a silky-smooth mouthfeel. The trio of Amarillo, Azacca and Citra hops give a real tropical fruit and citrus hit with a crisp and refreshing character.

Malt: Pale, Golden Naked Oats.
Hops: Amarillo, Azacca, Citra

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

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Ascot Brewing Company – Final Furlong

Best Bitter, ABV 4.2%

Ascot’s flagship Bitter pours a rich copper colour with a sweet malt taste and toffee notes. This is perfectly balanced with the hops providing a sharp bitterness, with a strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas.

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

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Rebellion – Virtuoso

Virtuoso is a deep amber ale with a pleasant hoppy aroma. Chocolate and Double Roasted Crystal malts give a subtle roast malt character which is beautifully balanced against the tropical and citrus fruit notes from the Simcoe and Motueka hops. Complex, subtle and expertly crafted; a symphony in a glass created by Rebellion’s virtuoso brewers.

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

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Lagunitas – 12th of Never

“As the River Styx froze and the final pig took flight, when the last winged monkey departed the darkly fragrant netherlands, as wishes became horses and all the beggars rode… Under a newly-blued moon at dawn on the very 12th of Never: the second-to-last craft brewery in America pressed the green ‘start’ button on their canning line. We wanted to be the Last Small Brewer in the U.S. to can their beer and maybe, finally, by now, we are…The ‘12th of Never Ale’ is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic, and bitter. It’s all we know.”

What more is there to say!

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

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Loddon – NOTUS

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

NOTUS is brewed with citra, centennial, sterling and cascage, making it tropical, fruity and completely delicious. At 4.7% it packs a punch, as well as offering perfect late summer refreshment.

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

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St Austell – Proper Job

A powerfully authentic IPA, Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported American hops. It is a real treat of a beer with a growing reputation and is loved by beer enthusiasts far and wide. Perhaps the forerunner of all modern IPAs in the UK!

An award-winning modern IPA, packed full of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit resinous flavours with a fine crisp bitter finish.

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

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Goose Island Beer Company – Midway Session IPA


The 4.1% session IPA complements the brewery’s higher-strength flagship Goose IPA, which has an ABV of 5.9%.

Its new beer has a bright hop aroma with tropical and mandarin notes and medium-to-low bitterness.

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

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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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