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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) Tasting Tonight

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Delphic Brewing – Make It So

India Pale Ale – 5.2% ABV

This IPA was dry hopped at 15g/l, it has a soft mouthfeel with a rounded bitter finish, but first and foremost loads of tropical juice flavours that punch you in the mouth like a pineapple shaped boxing glove. Naturally hazy from the onslaught of hops!

Brewed in collaboration with West Berkshire Brewery.

Another selection from the excellent Burghfield Santa’s Beer Takeaway service.

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

After the unofficial 5 star rating by Dave, back in June this beer sold-out and The Regulars were unable to validate the score. Phantom has at last brewed some more and fortunately we were able to purchase it draft from the innovative Burghfield Santa’s Beer Takeaway service.

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

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ON-TOUR: Double Barrelled Brewery

A planned visit to Double Barrelled Brewery didn’t go ahead due to the second lockdown. However, The Regulars did join with our friends from the Muddled Memories brewing cooperative for a virtual tasting. We tried

Parka – 4.5% ABV and Harpers Arms old favourite,

Physiological Needs – 5.4% ABV Pale Ale. Citra, Comet and Centennial hops.

Keith on Banjo – 6.5% ABV IPA. Dry hopped with Vic Secret and BRU-1,

Judith on Tambourine – 7.2% ABV IPA.  Big tropical nose from the Galaxy, Citra and Mosaic hops.

How often do they update the internet? – 7.3% ABV. West Coast IPA. A single Hop Showcase of Columbus

The common consensus was that it was a great selection of beers with Judith coming out on top and perhaps Physiological Needs could do with some refining.

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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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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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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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New Wharf – Erins

A  hard rocking full bodied American Pale Ale. Bursting with Mosaic hops, which leave a storm of tropical fruits dancing on your palette.

This was the first beer brewed at New Wharf.

Like all New Wharf beers it is unfiltered, unfined and unpasteurised.

Sampled by all The Harper Arms Regulars at the MicroBurghfest event held at the Burghfield May Fayre.

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

LandLOrd’s note:  Normal Harper Arms rating rules have been applied – The Regulars had at least 3 pints each and some had a lot more…

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Shepherd Neame – Master Brew

Master Brew is brewed using only the finest Kentish barley and hops and is Shepherd Neame’s flagship beer in the brewery’s Kentish heartland.

The “Local Hero” is a distinctive, mid-brown bitter ale, with all the hoppy aroma you would expect of a beer brewed in the heart of the hop country.

Hand-crafted by the Faversham brewery’s talented team of experienced brewers, it is a well-balanced traditional ale.

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

 

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Rebellion – Red


A warming, Autumnal red ale, rich & malty, with a balancing bittersweet hop character.

10% Crystal malt blended with Maris Otter pale ale malt in the mash gives the beer its reddish hue. English First Gold & Goldings hops added at stages in the copper for flavour. Late addition Bramling Cross hops in the hop-back for a fruity aroma.

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

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Belhaven Fruit Beer

beerimg_fruit2Not just the domain of the Belgians,the Scots have combined another two things they think they are great at – beer and soft fruits. Not too sweet though, for its great fruity addition, it’s got just the right balance of fruit and bitterness. A perfect beer for summer days (raining or otherwise)

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (0 / 5)

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Wild Weather Ales Brewery Visit

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The Regulars have been invited to a special  tasting at Wild Weather Ales. Based in an industrial unit just outside of Tadley historic Roman Silchester, Wild Weather Ales has been producing some great beers since 2012 AD 43.

The Regulars hope to be sampling some of their favourites like Sunset Black IPA and Shepherds Warning Pale Ale as well as the latest addition Sunday League Relegation Playoff – a red IPA.

Note from LandL0rd. No beers will be rated on this visit. The Harper Arms by-laws state that a full evenings drinking is required in order to determine the Harper Arms Rating.

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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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Mr Porky Pork Scratchings

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A genuine legend amongst snacks and the original Mr Porky product. Classic Scratchings that have been tempting taste buds for decades.
Made using quality rinds taken from pork shanks, the Scratchings are cooked until they reach that perfect level of crunchiness before being lovingly seasoned and packed in foil bags to keep them fresh and flavoursome.

Harper Arms Rating (5=Cockles, 1=Pickled Egg):  (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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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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