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Site: http://www.meantimebrewing.com/our-beers/

Red ale, 4.1%

A hoppy red ale, with well controlled malt characteristics, and a fresh floral finish. The appearance of this beer is what you’d expect, a tan to red with fine white head (but little retention). The immediate flavours are from the malts, which give a rich sweetness without dominating the palate. This then yields to a spicy hop finish, with the American hops (Yakima valley apparently, hence the name), giving only a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is a little peppery, with the malt sweetness remaining in the undertones. The net effect of all of this is a clean beer, which packs plenty of flavour without feeling sticky of overwhelming. An excellent ale.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/shoreditch-triangle-ipa/

IPA, 6%

A hoppy and reasonably high-alcohol IPA, with off-white head and good retention. Amber in colour, this beer manages reasonably well to bring enough sweetness in to balance a very hoppy beer. Apparently there’s wheat and oats in the mix, but there’s only the vaguest hint of any wheaty aromatics. The rest is hop. Mouth feel is not particularly heavy, given the strength of the beer, but gives a satisfying aftertaste. The hopping leads to quite a bitter beer, with initial flavour having some floral notes, but the aftertaste being dominated by lingering bitterness. A worthy contribution to the style, but it won’t suit everyone.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=387

Spring Ale, 4.0%

This year’s spring beer from Fullers, served at the Royal Oak, Oxford. A semisweet and hoppy ale, with a pale golden colour and low and fairly fine head with moderate retention. Initial flavours a malty and sweet, with slight aroma hopping lending some floral characters and bitterness. The subsequent mouth feel is, however, very thin, and doesn’t cope well with the bittering of the hop. I could pick a few odd fermentation flavours, but not enough to be a real problem. Overall I found this beer thin and limp – the bitterness was definite but blunt in flavour, and it didn’t have a particularly refreshing finish.

Overall score: 5.0/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=49

Blonde, 4.5%

Comments: A golden blonde beer, clearly aiming at the warm weather session drinker. Golden colour with fine head and some retention. Aroma is mainly driven by the fruity hop, which also carries into the initial flavour,  giving a light start to the beer. Sweetness is well controlled, and is not allowed to dominate the hop, which remains fruity with only a little bitterness. Mouth feel is quite harsh, but the finish is crisp and fruity. Overall, this is a pleasant warm weather beer, if not particularly extraordinary.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=51

Bitter, 4.8%

Comments: A strong bitter, with full malt flavours and definite hopping. Initially quite fruity, with the sweetness of the malt coming through, before giving way partly to the bittering hop. The main flavour is coming from crystal malts, giving a moderately light but full mouth feel. A pleasant beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=57

Old Ale, 6.3%

Comments: This is a full flavoured strong old ale, with definite malty flavour, moderate hop, and a well rounded mouth feel. Tan coloured with a fine white head and moderate retention, the initial flavour is quite sweet, however this quickly yields to a more sour character, with a vague touch of darker malts. Hop mainly develops towards the aftertaste, giving a balanced and reasonably clean finish, with out excessive bitterness. This is certainly a strong ale, with a big robust flavour, but I’d be happy to have it again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=296
Served at the Eagle and Child, Oxford http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_and_Child

IPA, 5%

Comments: This is a tan IPA, stronger than most modern interpretations, but still not a really traditional IPA. Sweet and light malt flavours, with moderate aroma. Appropriately bitter aftertaste, but not a hop driven beer. Fine white head, with good retention. A pleasant, easy drinking round flavour, but not an outstanding beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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