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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://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

Pale Ale, 4.8%

A floral and hoppy pale ale, with well restrained bitterness, fine head and moderate retention. The key thing in this beer is the hop, the aroma of which dominates the flavour. There’s not too much bitterness though, and the effect is light, with hints of elderflower and lemon coming through. Sweetness is sufficient to handle the aroma, and the effect is a well balanced summer ale, which I could happily drink during a warm afternoon.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://standrewsbrewingcompany.com/beers/

IPA, 5.0%

A moderately hoppy British IPA, with fine white head and good retention. Initial flavours are somewhat sweet, with enough malt to give a well rounded mouth feel, but without a particularly malty flavour. Aromas are hop driven, as is the aftertaste, which is reasonably crisp and bitter. This lies fairly firmly in the category of British responses to American IPA, in that it’s not low alcohol and has plenty of hop, but is still a well balanced beer. I’ll be looking out for this one again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.whaleale.co.uk/whales/

Blonde Ale, 3.6%

A sweet and summery beer, with little head or retention. This beer is only very lightly hopped, mostly for aroma, and so the sweetness and light malt flavours are allowed to come to the front. Initial flavours include honey and citrus, with moderate carbonation adding to the freshness of the mouth feel. Aftertaste has a slight hint of bitterness, but is overall clean and refreshing. A very good beer for a summer’s afternoon.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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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.pointbeer.com/cascade-pale-ale/

Pale ale, 5.4%

An outstanding American Pale Ale, with a sweet flavour, plenty of aromatic hopping, and little head retention. In the tradition of American Pale Ales, this beer is a balance between a honey-like sweet flavour and the Cascade hop. Initially the mellow sweetness of the malt dominates, with only a slightly floral aroma. This is fairly quickly reversed, with the hop coming to prominence, but without excessive bitterness. The aftertaste remains balanced between these, with the hop flavours lingering nicely. I will be looking out for this one again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.knopsbeer.co.uk/home/musselburgh-broke-1

Scottish Ale, 4.5%

A chestnut coloured ale, with little head, and a fully malty character. Everything about this beer is driven by the malt. The aroma is subtle, and mainly comes from the chocolate malt and roasted barley. Initial flavours are remarkably sweet and light, without any of the cloying mouthfeel that one might expect from a malty beer. There’s a vague hint of hop, but most of the bitterness is coming from the dark malts. Even these are quite light, and the aftertaste is more aromatic than dense, with a good mix of sweetness and astringency. Altogether, this is a very nice beer, but somewhat difficult to place. It’s light enough in mouthfeel to have on a warm day, but the darker malt flavours are a bit more punchy than your typical summer pint.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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