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Siren Craft Brew – Soundwave

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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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Loddon Brewey Hullabaloo

HullaballooA copper coloured best bitter with a rich, nutty malt, balanced by the dry herb flavour of English Fuggle Hops.

Guaranteed to cause a stir!

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (2.5 / 5)

 

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Wild Weather Ales Sunbathe in The Shade

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A pale ale where satsuma and lime sit above a rich peach base giving a strong hoppy start leading to a delicate fruit finish.

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

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Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold

hobgoblin-gold-OPTThe latest beer from the Hobgoblin range.

A golden ale made from a combination of hops from England, New Zealand and the USA and a fusion of wheat and malted barley.

Expect a huge hop punch.

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

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BrewDog 5AM Saint

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Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (2 / 5)

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Brakspear Oxford Gold

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Brakspear Oxford Gold is a remarkably zesty brew, with fresh, citrussy aromas and a firm, fruity flavour. Pale ale malts provide the beer with its gold-gilt shimmer, spruced by a hatful of crystal malts to give body, texture and a delicate honey’d wrap.

The blend of hops delivers a shamelessly fresh perfume and fermentation by the  Brakspear yeast gives Brakspear Oxford Gold a fabulous, fruity finish.

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

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Theakston Best Bitter

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Theakston Best Bitter is the leading session ale within the Theakston portfolio and  probably one of the longest established session ales in Yorkshire.

A full bodied, dry beer, made from five different hop varieties forming a complex but subtle taste profile. The combination of dryness as generated through the use of Target and Challenger hops, is balanced by sweetness created by the generous use of prime malting Barley providing the perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of food flavours.

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

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Sharps Brewery – Doom Bar

Doom Bar is inspired by its namesake, the treacherous sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary near Sharps’ home at Rock. Accomplished and precise, Doom Bar is the epitomy of consistency, balance and moreish appeal and is now the UK’s no.1 selling cask beer.

An enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.

Note that the bottled version is not actually brewed in Rock

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

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Carling

A masterful blend that balances depth of flavour with the thirst quenching refreshment of the UK’s no.1 lager.

Britain’s best selling lager for three decades.

As mass produced commercial lagers go, Carling is the Harper Arms benchmark.

Perfect on a hot summer’s day.

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

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling):  (2 / 5)

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Wild Weather Ales What A HORRIBLE NIGHT

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A deliciously smooth stout with a thick and gooey black treacle base, starting with notes of chocolate and pepper, and growing into a bonfire toffee style finish. A must for deep contemplation in front of the fire.

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

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West Berkshire Brewery – Good Old Boy

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A classic bitter brewed with a blend of rich malted barley and fruity hops to produce an exceptionally well-balanced and full-flavoured beer.

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

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Wychwood Hobgoblin

Hobgoblin-Standard-Clip-2013-2Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character.

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

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Dave’s Old English Ale

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A dark traditional bitter with a characteristic dry, hoppy finish and full bodied flavour with a hint of diesel.

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

 

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St Austell Tribute Ale

 

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Tribute is the benchmark for The Harper Arms regulars.

A  favourite choice throughout South West England as well as being one of the fastest growing premium cask ale brands in the rest of the UK.

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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