Cornish Crown Golowan Ale

Not bottle conditioned
Cornish Crown Golowan Ale [baron rating 4/5] - 4.1% gold ale,mild citrus smell,zingy lime orange spicy bitter taste,bitter finish
Thank you to Cornish Crown for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Marshall Blonde

Not bottle conditioned
Marshall Blonde [baron rating 1/5] - 6% gold ale,acetone solventy smell,tart banana sour apple taste,cloying lingering vomit-like finish
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Looking forward to baron rating Hillside ales

I met Paul from Hillside Brewery back in May when judging at the SIBA Wales and West beer competition. He was showing us pictures of their barn conversion which looked like it was going to be an excellent bar, function area and a great addition to the brewery.

A month ago a box of Hillside samples showed up, here are the details:

Hillside Brewery
  • Jolly Jester - 9% Belgian style beer
  • Legend of Hillside - 4.7% English IPA, with a subtle honey flavour, and a strong hop finish
  • Legless Cow - 4.2% best bitter, has a rich caramel flavour with a smooth citrus hop finish
  • Over the Hill - 3.5% dark mild, a full bodied, single-hop malty dark mild
  • Pinnacle - 3.8% pale ale, great session beer leaving a fresh fruity finish
  • Summit - 4.9% ruby ale, a bold well balanced ale with rich malty flavours, deep caramel notes and a hint of toffee and chocolate to finish
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Paul (@Hillsidebrewery) from Hillside Brewery for sending these through to me!

Harbour Session IPA

Not can conditioned
Harbour Session IPA [baron rating 5/5] - 4.3% copper ale,orange smell,piney refreshing lime orange bitter taste,bitter pithy lime finish

Wimbledon Quartermaine IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Wimbledon Quartermaine IPA [baron rating 2/5] - 6.2% copper ale,heavy candied sweet smell,sugary orange spicy taste,soapy citrus 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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Looking forward to baron rating Duvel's Tripel Hop Tasting Box



A couple of months ago I was invited by drink and food PR firm R&R Teamwork to join them down in London for a Duvel evening where you could try six of the previous Tripel Hop limited edition beers. Duvel Tripel Hop is a wonderful beer (in all it's versions) but London is just a bit too far from Ormskirk for an evening of drinking. I did suggest that if they wanted to send me the six beers then that would be great but it was more of a tongue-in-cheek comment rather than actually expecting to receive them...


6 bottles, 1 pencil & a Tasting Notes book
Duvel Moortgat Brewery

I'd normally explain what each beer in the pack is and what the bottle label says about it but in this case the only difference on the label is the number on the front. I can tell you that they are brewed to the recipes used over the past few years for the Tripel Hop specials. Each one is regular Duvel brewed with an additional hop, these are: Amarillo, Citra, Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, Equninox & HBC291.

Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Emanuele from R&R Teamwork for sending these through to me!


Everards Two Tribes

Not bottle conditioned
Everards Two Tribes [baron rating 2/5] - 4.5% gold ale,clean fruity citrus smell,buttery spicy citrus taste,slight biscuit finish

Salopian Sienna

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Salopian Sienna [baron rating 4/5] - 4.4% copper ale,fresh piney smell,smooth resinous peachy chewy peppery taste,bitter finish
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Thank you to Jake (@SalopianBrewery) from Salopian Brewery for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Peerless Triple Blond

Not bottle conditioned
Peerless Triple Blond [baron rating 3/5] - 4% gold ale,very mild fruity smell,lemony sweet citrus bittersweet taste,dry smooth fruity finish
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Thank you to @bob_beer from Best of British Beer for sending this through for a 'baron rating'!

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Camerons A-hop-alypse Now

Not bottle conditioned
Camerons A-hop-alypse Now [baron rating 2/5] - 4.3% copper ale,grassy mild citrus smell,metallic spicy earthy taste,spicy juicy finish

Wild Beer Madness IPA

Not can conditioned
Wild Beer Madness IPA [baron rating 5/5] - 6.8% copper ale,grassy peach smell,sweet tropical resinous grapefruit taste,dry pithy pine finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating Cornish Crown ales

A box of beers arrived from Cornwall the other week, from Cornish Crown Brewery:

Cornish Crown Brewery
  • Golowan Ale - 4.1% pale in colour, a light beer with a citrus bitterness from Cascade hops
  • One Hop One Grain - 4.1% light, hoppy session pale ale,brewed exclusively with the finest British pale maltsand is hopped with American Cascade
  • Porter - 5.2% dark, rich beer that originates from London in the 18th century. well-hopped and made with dark malts. Infused with Madagascar Borbon vanilla
  • Red IPA - 6% strong IPA with a distintive red hue. Medium bitterness. A blend of Pale and a touch of Crystal malts. Well hopped with Nelson Sauvin & Cascade
  • SPA - 4.8% pale gold in colour, strong yet easy drinking, with medium to strong bitterness. Made with Pale malt.Summit bittering hops with Hallertau Mittelfruh and Pilgrim aroma hops give a strong citrus finish
  • St Michaels - 4% light brown, mid amber in colour.Medium to strong bitterness. A blend of pale and crystal malts. Pilgrim bittering hops with a strong hop finish from Summit and Goldings
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Cornish Crown for sending these through to me!

Lervig Lucky Jack

Not can conditioned
Lervig Lucky Jack [baron rating 4/5] - 4.7% gold ale,biscuity citrus smell,balanced bittersweet lemony taste,slight sour pithy finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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Wimbledon Bravo

Not can conditioned
Wimbledon Bravo [baron rating 3/5] - 5.5% copper ale,tropical pineapple smell,resinous bitter mild syrupy oily taste,cloying sweetish finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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M&S Harbour American Pale

Not can conditioned
M&S Harbour American Pale [baron rating 4/5] - 5.5% copper ale,piney resin tropical smell,sweet fleshy tropical taste,dry resinous finish
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Barcino Gotic Ale

Not bottle conditioned
Barcino Gotic Ale [baron rating 2/5] - 5.2% amber ale,orange cigar smoke smell,caramel charcoal toasted bread taste,rye sweetish finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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