Category Archives: Autumn Ale

Morland – Crafty Old Hen Oak Aged Vintage

Moorlands – Crafty Old Hen Oak-Aged Vintage 6.5%

This is a chestnut coloured ale with a strong malty aroma, with notes of the brewing aroma. It has a deep rich taste of malts and toffee, balanced with good hop notes and woody aftertaste. This is a good warming winter ale. 5*

Morland was originally brewed in Oxfordshire before being taken over by Green King. The beers are brewed under the Morland name by Greene King in Bury St Edmunds. This is a rich malty English Strong Ale variant of the famous Old Speckled Hen. It is a blended ale with a base ale using crystal malt to give the toffee taste and Challenger, First Gold and Goldings hops. It is blended with a 12% strong ale to give a beer in the style of Suffolk Old Ale.

Mash Brewery – Mash Copper

Mash Brewery – Mash Copper 3.9%

Mash Brewery - Mash Copper ale 3.9%
Mash Brewery – Mash Copper ale 3.9%

This is a darker amber coloured ale with a toffee aroma. It has a sweet start with a strong woody dry taste, reminiscent of some Scotch Whisky.

This beer is brewed with English Goldings and Australian Galaxy hops by the Craft Brewers Mash Brewery in Winchester Hampshire.

The Mash Brewery

Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale

Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale 4.3%

Mash Brewery - Mash Amber Ale
Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale

This is a Dark Golden/Amber coloured ale, with a malty aroma. It has an initial sweet taste, quickly followed by a resinous hop bitterness and a hint of smokeyness.

A pleasant ale brewed by the Mash Brewery. A craft brewery based at Burcot Farm, Winchester in Hampshire. It is brewed with barley malt and hops from the UK, Germany and the U.S.

The Mash Bewery

Moorhouse’s – Winter Looms

Moorhouse’s – Winter Looms 4.5%

Moorhouse's Brewery - Winter Looms
Moorhouse’s Brewery – Winter Looms

This ale is a darker chestnut ale with a plum fruit and malt aroma. The taste hints of sweet plum and chocolate bitter.

A good winter ale with tastes of dark heavy fruits and chocolate.
Moorhouse’s Brewery was established in 1865 in Burnley, Lancashire. This ale is not listed in their range, which is quite extensive. Being not too far from Pendle most of their brews have names alluding to the ‘Pendle Witches’.

Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter

Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter 5.0%

Otter Brewery - Cupids Otter
Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter

This is a chestnut red coloured ale with good malt aromas. It has a rich toasted malt taste with toffee sweetness notes and a following hop bitter finish.

Otter Brewery is based near Honiton in the Blackdown Hills in east Devon. Named after the local river bank mammals in the area!

Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale

Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale 4.2%

Belhaven Brewery - Robert Burns Brown Ale
Belhaven Brewery – Robert Burns Brown Ale

This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a good fruity aroma. It has a good sweet taste and fruit notes, for brown ale.

This ale is a  very pleasant brew, produced in memory of the Scottish Poet Robert (Robbie) Burns and to celebrate Burn’s Night. This ale would go well with hagis.
Belhaven Brewery is in Dunbar and has been brewing for 300 years.

Hopshackle Brewery – Double Momentum

Hopshackle Brewery – Double Momentum 7.0%

Hopshackle Brewery - Double Momentum
Hopshackle Brewery – Double Momentum

This is an amber coloured ale with a strong malt and dried hop aroma. It has a strong malt taste with a heavy resinous hop bitterness. A strong IPA rather than a barley wine type that may be expected at this strength.

This ale is based on a historic 18th century recipe.
The Hopshackle Brewery is based in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire have originated from The Saracens Head in Cambridge via Cox’s Yard Inn in Stratford on Avon and the brewing equipment was built by the engineers at Charles Wells, Eagle Brewery in Bedford.

Oakham Ales – Scarlet Macaw

Oakham Ales – Scarlet Macaw 4.8%

scarletThis is a golden ale with a fresh hop and malty aroma. It has a lightly sweet start moving quickly to a citrus bitter finish and after-taste.  it gives a balance between malts and the bitter citrus hop notes.

This is a real ale brewery is based in Peterborough Cambridgeshire but harks back to the lost county of Rutland.

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight 7.2%

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight

This is a golden amber strong ale, with good malty aroma with toffee notes. It has a strong warming flavour of malts, toffee and hop bitterness reminiscent of the lighter coloured barley wines. It is a good warming winter and Christmas ale from this Cornish Brewer based near Launceston. This gets my 5* rating but watch the strength.

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale 4.7%

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

This is a golden ale with a fine sparkle and a warming resinous hop aroma of freshly bruised hops. It has a hoppy taste with grapefruit notes and a lasting bitterness.
 
This is an interesting Autumn ale with harvest-time taste and aroma.
Another good offering from this Hampshire brewery.