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Hen’s Tooth

Morland Brewery – Hen’s Tooth 6.5%

Morland Brewery – Hen’s Tooth

This is a strong ale from the home of Old Speckled Hen. It is chestnut coloured with a strong rich aroma of malts. It has a good balance of rich and strong malty sweetness and hop bitterness, of a good English ale, albeit a strong ale.

This is a good strong ale, without the bitter sweet liquorice taste found in some darker strong ales. Morland Ales are now owned and brewed by Greene King.

Morland Ales

Otter Ale

Otter Brewery – Otter Ale 4.5%

This Devon ale is chestnut coloured with a malt aroma, with toffee. It has a good blend of a malty sweet and hop bitter taste, with a bitter follow-on.

This is a good ale in the style of an English bitter ale. It pleasantly lacks any hint of citrus-grapefruit, making a good drinkable ale.

Otter Brewery in Honiton, close to the River Otter, in Otter country.

Delirium tremens

Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens 8.5%

This is a golden ale is pleasant and friendly aromatic. It has a sharp taste but with a warming finish of a strong Belgian white beer.

This is a Belgian Trippel fermented doppio malto (double malt) ale.

It is brewed by Br. L Huyghe, Brouwerij Huyghe Brusselsestw, Melle, Belgium.

Branoc Traditional Ale

Branscombe Vale Brewery – Branoc Traditional Ale 3.8%
This is supposedly a traditional ale, yet follows the unfortunate modern trend for bottle conditioned, so beware when you open the bottle.

This is a dark golden ale, with a light malty toffee aroma. It has a hop and citrus bitter taste, with a hint of malt.

Not really an English ale and a little disappointing.

Hoppy Christmas Festive IPA

Brewdog – Hoppy Christmas Festive IPA 7.2%

This is a lighter chestnut coloured ale with a strong hop and citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The taste has a very smooth sweet start, created by it’s high strength, rapidly followed by an aromatic strong hop bitterness, with a long hop aftertaste.The smooth sweet taste comes from the high strength at 7.2% putting it in the barley wine category but with the high hop content of a typical IPA.It is brewed with 100% Simcoe hopsBrewdog

Black Sheep Ale

Black Sheep Brewery – Black Sheep Ale 4.4%

This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a good malty aroma with toffee notes. It’s taste has a mixed hop and malt start, leading to a hop bitter finish. This is a Yorkshire ale brewed in Masham, in the brewery founded by Paul Theakston, also home to his family competitor brewery producing Theakston’s – Old Peculiar.

Black Sheep is a popular Brewer in Yorkshire pubs, with its range led by Black Sheep Ale.

Black Sheep Brewery

Mash Pale

Mash Brewery – Mash Pale 3.8%

This is a pale golden ale, with a citrus lemon aroma. The taste has a sharp start moving to a sweet follow-up, with an overall light summery floral taste. It benefits from not having a citrus grapefruit taste. This is a great ale for a summer lunch.

Another interesting ale from this Hampshire brewery, brewed with German hops, English Barley malts and fermented using the California method. It is like a German pilsner but much lighter.

The Mash Brewery