Tag Archives: Craft Beer

Siren Craft Brew – Broken Dream Breakfast Stout

Siren Craft Brew – Broken Dream Breakfast Stout 6.5%

Broken Dream Breakfast Ale
Siren Craft Brew – Broken Dream Breakfast Ale

This is a black coloured ale with a strong coffee aroma. It is a sweet with a strong roast coffee taste and chocolate notes.

This craft brewery is based in Finchampstead
Berkshire and describes its beer as “Beer for coffee lovers”.
This beer from their selection needs to be described by the brewery notes “Broken Dream is deep and complex. She lurks in your imagination. She binds smoke and coffee aromas with chocolate, milk and oats to create something thick, velvety and slick”.

Beavertown – 8 Ball Rye IPA

Beavertown Brewery – 8 Ball Rye IPA 6.2% 

This is an amber coloured ale with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes of mango. The ale has a malt and citrus grapefruit taste with a warming background.
Beavertown – 8Ball Rye IPA can

This is an  unpasteurised, unfiltered, natural beer.

This bee is brewed with  American and Southern Hemisphere hops with rue malt giving a spicy taste with a lot of dry hopping.

Beavertown – Gamma Ray American Pale Ale

Beavertown Brewery – Gamma Ray APA 5.4%

This is a golden coloured ale with a citrus grapefruit, resinous and tropical aromas. It has an initial sweet taste immediately followed by a grapefruit taste and bitterness. It is a typical APA.
Beavertown – Gamma Ray can

This is an unfiltered, unpasteurised natural beer.


The Brewery notes say the concept was to create a juicy tropical beer. A brew you can sip on and drink all day, rammed with juicy malts and huge tropical aromas of mango and grapefruit. Massive additions of whole leaf American hops are added in ever increasing numbers at the end of the boil giving huge hop flavour. The beer is then dry hopped for days, driving the punchy aromas so you can smell it from miles away!

Beavertown Brewery

Madrigal Brewery – Severed Hand N Devon Porter

Madrigal Craft Brewery – Severed Hand North Devon Porter 4%

This is a dark brown ale with a coffee aroma. It is a dry porter ale, with a black coffee taste and a hint of smokiness and blackcurrent. This ale lacks the warming winter fruit taste of stronger porters, which makes it more drinkable as a session beer for the darker ale drinker.
This is produced as a live ale, so needs to be cooled and poured carefully to avoid the sediment.
Madrigal Craft Brewery – label

Madrigal Craft Brewery is a new brewer based in the old coach house of Lynmouth Manor, Lynmouth North Devon. The brewery is a small batch artisan brewer producing a range of ales. Their beers are not fined, relying on natural deposition of the yeast fines.

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

Cornish Crown Brewery – Red IPA

Cornish Crown Brewery – Red IPA 5.9%

Cornish Crown Brewery - Cornish Red IPA
Cornish Crown Brewery – Cornish Red IPA

Good things in food and drink come from Cornwall, but also some unusual things, as in the case of this IPA.

The ale has a pale red colour, with rich hoppy aromas. It has  passion fruit taste, with a malt sweetness The initial taste is followed by a  citrus grapefruit bitterness, typical of the use of new American hops. The hops impart the tropical fruit and citrus bitterness, typical of the American and British craft beer sector and the American Pale Ale style.

Cornish Crown Brewery is a small batch craft brewery based near Penzance, Cornwall.

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale 3.7%

Harbour Brewing - Light Ale
Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

This is a pale golden ale with a grapefruit aroma. It has the grapefruit bitter taste, predominant from the use of American Hops, with peach notes.

An interesting summer ale from Cornwall if you like the APA craft beers.
Harbour Brewing is based in Trekillick, Kirland, close to the town of Bodmin.