Kent, England

Northampton Brewing Company (NBC)

Phipps IPA

GV
9.5

As Phipps the brewery says its IPA is brewed to an authentic 1930s recipe. It pours a nice golden colour with medium carbonation and a frothy head that dissipates quite quickly. The beer sees the blend of Goldings and Fuggles hops with malt to give the drinker a good full-bodied English beer.

Nice elements of malt, bitterness with hints of caramel that gives a slight sweet character with a gentle hoppy taste.

It is very much a early 20th century traditional IPA rather than the heavily hopped New England IPAs of today.

A delight to drink and one of my favourites from a brewery that has resurrected the old Phipps and Northampton Brewing Company beers.
— 2 days ago

Trixie liked this

Magic Rock Brewing

Murk-Life Balance Hazy Pale Ale

Ron R
9.2

Even the Irish are getting in on the IPA scenario. It ain’t bad, either… ferried this back from Europe. — a month ago

Eric, Eddie and 30 others liked this

Pimm's

No. 1 Liqueur

Makes a good light summer drink over ice with club soda. — 2 days ago

Kent Falls Brewing Company

Family Vines 2

Delicious and curiously refreshing—somewhere on the spectrum between wine and beer — a month ago

Lyle, Ira and 7 others liked this

Batemans

Dark Fruits Porter

GV
9.2

This was a treat. First time I have had this from the traditional brewer Batemans. Lovely fruity aroma with sweet black and red berries to the fore.

Tastewise, it is rich but with the expected porter like consistency, and a nice tan head with light carbonation that gives a lovely sweet but very fruity taste. Certainly cherries and berries perhaps a little apple that are supported by the malts. I didn't get the nuttiness the brewer and others suggest, but no loss there for me.

Overall, a delightful fruit porter that was nice on a late summer evening and will be just as good in deep dark January.
— 9 days ago

Sharon and Trixie liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Certainly a porter I would enjoy. 😀 Cheers!

Henney's

Autumn Gold Cider

GV
9.4

Henney's is a modern cider with roots only back to the 1990s, but they very much make their drinks using g traditional methods of pressing the fruit and using local Herefordshire apples.

This is a delightful amber coloured cider with good apples aromas that show it is real cider with real apples. It is a [very] moreish medium sweet taste with the apples, a little caramel and just enough tartness to make this a real summer stunner.

Adam and Eve may have got in trouble with an apple but Henney's are the Gods of cider.
— 6 days ago

Philip and Trixie liked this

Black Sheep

Cry Wolf Black IPA

GV
9.0

This is a new beer launched to market on 6th June 2022 by the Black Sheep brewery.

It is a very pleasant black IPA looking like a porter or stout but with a strong hoppy presence.

The brewer says "Black malt, chocolate malt and flaked oats join Maris Otter pale malt to add roasty caramel and chocolate notes and gives the beer an intense dark appearance. Masses of Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Citra hops create woody pine, biting citrus and bright tropical flavours".

To drink, it was as they say above. I thought the malt and hop balance worked well making sure the citrussy hops didn't overpower the malt flavours.
— a month ago

Trixie and Sharon liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Nicely reviewed! Cheers!🍻

Aspall

Draught Cyder

GV
9.0

Medium dry cyder with pleasant straw colouring. Nice balance of carbonation that gives a good apple aroma. Crisp taste that is not too sweet.

Apples abound in this cyder that is from Aspalls meaning you know it is made properly and to traditional methods.
— 9 days ago

Philip, Sharon and 1 other liked this
Trixie

Trixie

A good, crisp cider 🍎is tough to beat! Cheers!

Titanic Brewery

Dark Strong Plum Porter

GV
9.4

This really is the king of plum porters.

Titanic's is the one that sets the bar and the one I come back to again whilst also comparing with others.

It is lovely and dark with plum aromas and a good head. Tastewise, it is a solid dark malted porter and a full plum flavour that blends but does not overpower.

It is a fine beer drinkable any month of the year.
— 9 days ago

Sharon and Trixie liked this
Trixie

Trixie

That looks fantastic! Cheers !🍻

Lyme Bay Winery

Garden Mint Mead

A lovely mint mead. — 7 days ago

Natalie Harper
with Natalie