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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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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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Rebellion – Revolutionary

Revolutionary is a Red ale with roasted malt character and fruity hop notes. Small additions of roasted and black malts create the deep red hue as well as a depth and complexity. Subtle use of Azacca and Citra hops add a tropical / citrus fruit character.

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Dehusked roasted barley, Black malt

Hops: Azacca, Citra

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

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Rebellion – Unifier

Unifier is a tawny pale ale with a distinctly hoppy character. We’ve added a prodigious quantity of American aroma hops to this beer to give it a very bold hoppy hit. The aroma is full of tropical fruit and citrus notes as well as pine, spice and herbal elements. It has relatively high bitterness but the extra sweetness from the addition of crystal and Munich malts help to balance this out.

Malt: Munich, Double Roasted Crystal

Hop: Progress, Simcoe, Mosaic

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

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Rebellion – Legend

Legend is an oatmeal pale ale. The addition of oats adds subtle nuttiness, extra body and a silky smooth finish. Ernest is a rediscovered British hop that was originally disregarded due to its ‘new world’ characteristics. It produces complex fruity notes of apricot, citrus and spice.

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

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Rebellion – 25

Brewed to celebrate Rebellion Brewery ‘s 25-year anniversary of brewing in Marlow.

25 is an extra pale ale brewed with Sterling hops, citrus peel and Belgian ale yeast. Sterling hops, not only have an entirely appropriate name for silver anniversary beer but also have a beautiful lemon and spicy character which work in harmony with the other elements of the ale. The inclusion of lemon and orange peel adds a subtle citrus aroma and the Belgian ale yeast contributes a spicy note and gives this beer a real Belgian ale character.

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

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Rebellion – Roasted Nuts

A deep ruby, complex and flavoursome beer, packed with intense and distinctive malt & hop character.

Made from a blend of Maris Otter pale ale, crystal & chocolate malt in the mash tun with a 3-stage addition of American Cascade hops for a powerful, intensely fruity flavour & aroma.

There are no nuts added to Roasted Nuts…

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

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Rebellion – Gold

A rich golden ale with an intensely hoppy aroma. American Mosaic hops  gives this beer a huge aroma of tropical fruits, citrus fruits and red berry. The bitterness relatively low despite the huge dose of late hops, so Gold retains its drinkability and balance.

A truly contemporary golden ale. Who said seasonal winter beers had to be dark?

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): (3.9 / 5)

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UPDATE: 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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Badger Ales – Bottled Selection

badgerA collection of bottled beers from Badger.

Tangle Foot: This golden ale has hints of melon and pear that develop from fermentation. 5% ABV

Golden Champion: This pale-golden ale has subtle elderflower aromas that are crisp and fruity, and a subtle tangerine, and floral taste. 5% ABV

First Call: This malty, dark ale is distinctive with hints or orange and spice. 4% ABV

Firkin Fox: This auburn ale has a biscuity maltiness taste, with intense aromas of citrus on the nose.  4.6% ABV

Harper Arms Rating (5=Tribute, 1=Carling): Not Rated

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Morland – Old Speckled Hen

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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 / 5)

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Harpers Brewing Company – Bottled Selection

Harpers Brewing CompanyA selection of beers from Aldi under the Harper’s Brewing Company brand.

Amber Stone is a traditional English bitter, Wild Billy’s IPA is an American IPA, Medusa is a ruby red ale and Golden Crown is a golden ale.

Brewed by Marston’s in the UK.

 

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

  • Golden Crown     (2.3 / 5)
  • Amber Stone        (2.3 / 5)
  • Wild Billy’s IPA   (2.5 / 5)
  • Medusa                 (2.8 / 5)
  • Overall               (2.5 / 5)

Note that The Regulars are currently in dispute with Aldi over the use of the Harper name. We want to  ensure that the general public do not confuse these beers with our very own Harper Arms Hoppy Punch.

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Adnams Ghost Ship

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At 4.5% abv, this Pale Ale has a good assertive pithy bitterness and a malty backbone. It is brewed with a selection of malts – Pale Ale, Rye and Cara – plus Citra, and a blend of other American hop varieties to create some great citrus flavours.

Ghost Ship was adapted from a recipe for Deathly Pale Ale which was withdrawn from sales because the skull and cross-bones lablel was too similar to the poison symbol.

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

 

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Wild Weather Ales – Robbers


Nelson / Simcoe Black IPA – 4.2%

Robbers is a twisted Black IPA. Starting by masking roasted notes with grape skin tannin and a subtle hint of raisin working through the spectrum and finishing with a massive pine and grapefruit finish.

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

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Honorary Mention: Wild Weather Ales – Storm in a Teacup

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Our friends at Wild Weather Ales have finally got their canning operation up and running with excellent results.  The cans are all works of art in themselves, and they have even improved some of their most popular beers in preparation for the canning run.

One new one that they brought to my attention was this cracker of a beer, Storm In A Teacup, an Earl Grey IPA.  At 6% avb the trendy craft beer sized can still packs a punch.

The whole brew went into the cans but hopefully we will get a draft sample to try so that we can rate it 🙂

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Wild Weather Ales – Thirty Lives

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Thirty Lives takes full bodied fruit flavors and translates them into a tantalizing tropical tongue experience. Starting with mango’s and honeydew melon on the nose and leading into a rich mouthfeel with an explosion of pink grapefruit and white grape. A summer behemoth!!

Mosaic & Huell Melon American Wheat – 4.4%

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

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Wild Weather Ales – Keyboard Warrior

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Simcoe Single Hop English Brown Ale – 3.9%

Who says an English brown ale should be dull?  Keyboard Warrior takes a traditional base and then rocks it’s world with a whole heap of Simcoe creating massive grapefruit, pine and lime notes finishing with a hint of orange zest.

Very appropriate name for The Regulars.

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

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Rebellion – Waterloo


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Waterloo is a chestnut ale with a crisp hoppy finish. The aroma hop, Hallertau Blanc, was only released in 2012. It has a bold and fresh profile and will contribute gooseberry, lemongrass and passionfruit character similar to a glass of its namesake Sauvignon blanc.

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

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Wychwood Bottled Beer Collection

Wychwood collectionA range of bottle only beers from Wychwood.

Fire Catcher is a  blonde ale at 3.5% ABV.

Dr Thirsty’s no 4 is an unpasteurised blonde ale and comes in a bit stronger at 4.1%

Arrowaine is a dark chestnut ale with a flavour that lingers longer than you want it to 🙁 The Regulars had to have a quick Soundwave to take away the taste!

Goliath is a full-bodied and robust ruby ale. The most well known beer in the collection

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

  • Fire Catcher           (3 / 5) 
  • Dr Thirsty’s no 4   (3.5 / 5) 
  • Arrowaine               (1 / 5)
  • Goliath                       (3.5 / 5)
  • Overall               (2.8 / 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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