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Site: http://www.york-brewery.co.uk

Bitter, 4.2%

Comments: A reasonable homebrew, which is not at the level of a ‘premium bitter’. Golden tan in colour, fine white head and moderate retention. The key flaw in this beer is the aroma, which has the classic ‘wet dog’ side to it, and spoils what would otherwise be a good bitter. The hop is used well, giving a slightly bitter aftertaste, and sweetness is kept well under control. Just a pity it doesn’t smell good.

Overall score: 4.5/10

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Site: http://www.york-brewery.co.uk/our_beers.php#

Bitter, 4.2%

Comments: A very malty beer, with a surprising amount of malt flavours and tempered sweetness, particularly considering the alcohol level. Deep golden colour, moderately coarse white head and good retention. Initial flavours are dominated by the malt, which is somewhat counterbalanced by a reasonable level of bittering hop. Even so, I just can’t taste much else in this, particularly in the aftertaste. Overall, meh.

Overall score: 4.5/10

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Site: http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/beers/golden_sheep_bottled_beer/

Pale Ale, 4.7%

Comments: A tan coloured, quite sweet and malty pale ale. Low head and little retention. Initial flavours are malty, with some estery fermentation aromas. Limited aroma hopping, but bittering hop comes out later and helps to balance out the aftertaste, which is eventually quite clean and dry. The website claims citrus flavours, but I can’t really detect much against the malt. Overall a little sweet and full bodied for my taste, but a perfectly reputable beer.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.abbeydalebrewery.co.uk/index.html
Served at Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford

Pale Ale, 4.2%

Comments: This is a light coloured ale, with a very high level of hopping, particularly in aroma. Coarse head and low retention. A very floral hop driven flavour with a sweet, but not malty, backing. Quite a sour aftertaste. This beer is driven by the hop from start to finish, and would make an admirable pint on a hot afternoon.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.theakstons.co.uk/ales/classics/oldpeculier.html

Old Ale, 5.6%

Comments: This is  quite a famous beer, named after the 12th century legal system in Masham. Dark tan colour, with an off white head and good retention. The first thing that hits you about this beer is the high level of malty sweetness, similar in many ways to a bock style. No dark-roasted malt flavours though, and reasonably smooth overall. Enough bittering hops (Fuggles, according to the site) to give a moderately clean finish, but any aroma hopping is dominated by the malt. I honestly found the sweetness a bit overwhelming, but not an unpleasant beer all the same.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/beers/riggwelter_cask_ale/

Strong Yorkshire Ale, 5.7%

Comments: This is a dark beer, similar in some respects to a Bock, but with a well balanced level of sweetness. Dark tan colour, an off-white moderately fine head with good retention.  This beer is primarily malt-driven, with definite use of chocolate malt giving a deep and slightly astringent flavour. This is well balanced by the use of bittering hop, which leaves a dry and slightly nutty finish. Slight hints of fruit and coffee characters add to a surprisingly round profile and an easy drinking beer (particularly for something this strong). Aroma mainly comes from the alcohol and chocolate malt, with no discernable hop aromas. A surprisingly easy drinking beer.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/beers/holy_grail_bottled_beer/
First brewed for the 30th anniversary of the film.

Bitter, 4.7%

Comments: I would love to be able to say that this is the holy grail of beers, but unfortunately it seems a bit more like a grail-shaped lantern. Amber colour with a coarse but solid head, this beer has a hoppy, malty flavour, with a sour aroma not quite as unnerving as the bridge of aargh. Bittering hop is present but not overpowering, and is coupled with astringent malt characters and a slightly carbonated mouth feel.  A bitter but not particularly fresh aftertaste, with a slight touch of sweetness. This beer’s main feature is the marketing associated with the film (which apparently makes it Black Sheep’s most popular beer in the US and Canada), and while pleasant, it is not even a silly beer.

Overall score: 5.5/10

 

PS. The answer is probably meant to be Nineveh, but Assyria fell well before any of the many settings of the film, so I don’t know what the bridgekeeper was trying to get at…

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