Looking forward to all these Best of British Beers!






I was fortunate to be picked as a beer judge at the recent SIBA Wales & West Region competition down in Ludlow, and bumped into Will and Gill from Best of British Beer. They have been a supporter of the Baron some time ago and it was great to catch up with them both and to find out that they are doing very well. They sold a load of beer in minutes via QVC, sell hand-picked beer selections as well as providing gift packs of ales, wines and spirits.  They said that they would send through some samples from their 'curated packs' and a couple of days later a box arrived in perfect condition:

These six beers were selected as part of their "craft" selection:
  • 360 Degrees Project Gemini v2.0 - 4.3% twin hopped session pale ale
  • Animal Oink! - 4.6% Yakima red rye ale
  • Crate Pale - 4.5% fresh & aromatic, bursting with tropical aromas
  • Electric Bear Livewire - 5.4% IPA, citrus & floral herb notes with perfectly balanced bitterness. It gives a punchy crisp finish
  • Fyne Ragnarok - 7.4% double IPA - imperial Jarl, sweet hoppy aromas followed by citrus and toffee to finish
  • Uprising Treason - 6% West Coast IPA, burning bronze in colour with a big hop aroma that gives way to a lingering spicy bitterness


These six beers are part of their "sub four" selection, all low ABV, but high on flavour:
  • Allendale Pennine Pale - 4% golden ale, brewed with an outstanding trio of bold American hops for a full fruity aroma and flavour, with a refreshing citrus finish
  • Brighton Bier Bier- 4% 'all-rounder' pale, progressive yet balanced, moreish and refreshing
  • Bude Porthbud - 4% pale ale
  • Exeter Avocet - 3.9% pale straw colour with a light citrus taste
  • Peerless Triple Blond - 4% zesty blonde ale, a blonde ale using three malts and three hops. Brewing with a higher than normal percentage of wheat gives this zesty beer its unique flavour
  • Shropshire Brewer The Golden Arrow - 3.9% pale ale, a moderate strength pale gold session ale with an abundance of hop character provided by a blend of New Zealand and British hop varieties
Look out for 'baron ratings' for these Best of British Beer beers soon, and a big thank you to Will & Gill (@bob_beer) for sending them through to me!

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Looking forward to baron rating Salopian Sienna



I was fortunate to be selected to judge at the SIBA Wales & West beer competition down in Ludlow last Friday which was as always an excellent event, some bad beer, mostly good beer and excellent people made for a great day trip from Ormskirk with Chris.

Salopian Brewery are part of that region and it's always good to catch up with the folks from the brewery and especially Jake who always takes time out to have a good chat to us about the brewery, new beers and life in general. He was also very kind and handed over a bottle of the next installment from their 'brown bottle no description' range:

It's a 4.4% something...
Salopian Brewery
  • Sienna - 4.4% ?
Look out for a 'baron rating' for this Salopian Brewery beer soon, and a big thank you to Jake (@SalopianBrewery) for handing it over to me!

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Adnams Triple Knot

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Adnams Triple Knot [baron rating 5/5] - 10% amber ale,brioche smell,balanced warming spicy honey apricot tangerine taste,fruity spicy finish
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Thank you to Fergus (@Adnams) from Adnams Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit can

Not can conditioned
Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit can [baron rating 5/5] - 5.5% gold ale,grapefruit smell,sourish sweet grapefruit taste,pithy biscuity finish
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Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Magic Rock High Wire can

Not can conditioned
Magic Rock High Wire can [baron rating 4/5] - 5.5% hazy gold ale,punchy sweet grapefruit smell,pine tropical sherbet taste,bitter dry finish
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Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold can

Not can conditioned
Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold can [baron rating 3/5] - 4.3% copper ale,citrus medicinal smell,peppery bittersweet taste,spicy creamy finish
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Thank you to John Humphreys (@ShepherdNeame) from Shepherd Neame for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold in a can

A parcel arrived today from the good people at Shepherd Neame, this is a canned version of their fairly new bottled ale "Spitfire Gold", brewed to commemorate 75 years since the Battle of Britain:

Shepherd Neame Brewery
  • Spitfire Gold - 4.3% golden ale, smooth sweet malt base built upon with Challenger hops for bitterness. The well-balanced brew also incorporates Centennial and Saaz hops for aroma, with notes of tropical fruits, citrus and pine
Look out for baron ratings for this beer soon, and a big thank you to  John Humphreys from Shepherd Neame for sending it through for a baron rating!

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Pork Scratching Showdown #3

spicy & hairy - the double cooked ones are true craft!
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Wychwood Dr Thirsty's No.4

Not bottle conditioned
Wychwood Dr Thirsty's No.4 [baron rating 3/5] - 4.1% gold ale,grassy mild sweet citrus smell,lemony peppery taste,peppery bitter finish

Looking forward to baron rating all these Ales By Mail ales

Ales By Mail has really delivered the goods this week, which was particularly well timed as during my last 'Baron Rating' audio reviews evening with Chris we ran out of new beers to review! A nice weighty box arrived today in perfect condition thanks to UK Mail and this is what was inside:


Magic Rock Brewing
  • Cannonball - 7.4% India Pale Ale
  • Dark Arts - 6% Surreal Stout
  • High Wire - 5.5% West Coast Pale Ale
  • High Wire Grapefruit - 5.5% Grapefruit Pale Ale
  • Rapture - 4.6% Red Hop Ale
  • Salty Kiss - 4.1% Gooseberry Gose | Lightly sour, fruity and refreshing

Roosters Brewery
  • Baby-Faced Assassin [baron rating 5/5] - 6.1% India Pale Ale, brewed with 100% Citra hops that create aromas of mango, apricot, grapefruit & mandarin orange, along with a lasting, juicy, tropical fruit bitterness
  • Fort Smith [baron rating 5/5] - 5% American Pale Ale, brewed using a blend of four hops from the USA (Amarillo, Chinook, Citra & Crystal) to create tropical and passion fruit aromas and a lasting, bitter finish
  • Yankee [baron rating 4/5] - 4.3% Original Pale Ale, light and easy-drinking, showcases the floral and citrus fruit aromas of the Cascade hop projected against a backdrop of soft Yorkshire water and golden promise pale malt

Wild Beer Co.
  • Bibble - 4.2% Pale Ale+Mosaic+Amarillo, Bibble means to drink regularly in old Somerset dialect
  • Madness IPA - 6.8% an insane amount of hops, give a tropical punchbowl of aromas and wave after wave of tropical and citrus fruits flood over your tongue
Wimbledon Brewery
  • Bravo - 5.5% American Pale Ale, straw coloured, pronounced blackcurrant and tangerine aroma, crisp fruity palete,refreshing bitter bite finish
  • Quartermaine IPA - 6.2% English IPA, the spicy floral character of English hops fills the aroma, introducing the rich malt palete. This combines with a crisp bite of hop bitterness to finish this classic English IPA
  • Tower SPA - 5% fruit, floral spicy and orange aroma, full, rounded palete, satifying bittersweet finish

Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Paul from Ales By Mail for sending these through to me!

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Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold

Not bottle conditioned
Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold [baron rating 4/5] - 4.3% copper ale,citrus biscuit smell,citrus oatmeal mild spicy taste,spicy mild dry finish
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BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin

Not can conditioned
BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin [baron rating 5/5] - 7.4% ruby ale,candied fruits smell,rich sweet candied fruits bitter taste,dry rye finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition

Not bottle conditioned
Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition [baron rating 3/5] - 4.5% gold ale,herbal fruity smell,creamy sweet crisp apple taste,mild sharp apple finish
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Duvel Tripel Hop 2016

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 [baron rating 5/5] - 9.5% gold beer,floral smoked cheese smell,peppery lime meringue pie taste,peppery fruity finish
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Thank you to Rupert from R&R Teamwork for sending this through for a baron rating!

Looking forward to baron rating Adnams Triple Knot ale




Adnams seem to walk a fine line between brewing traditional regular ales and some more stronger (and dare I say more interesting) beers. The one that arrived today falls firmly into the latter category, a 10% Belguim Tripel in a cute looking swing-top touting 330ml bottle:


Adnams Brewery
  • Triple Knot - 10% Tripel 2015, inspired by the strong Tripel Ales brewed in Belgium, matured for six months and is full of floral, orange, honey, and biscuit notes
Look out for a baron rating for this Adnams ale soon, and a big thank you to Fergus (@Adnams) for sending it through to me!

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Red Star Weissbier

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Red Star Weissbier [baron rating 3/5] - 5.3% hazy gold beer,banana bubblegum smell,creamy banana but bit dull taste,slight sour lime finish
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Thank you to  Ian from Holborn Ales for handing this over for a baron rating!

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