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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/blandfordfly.asp

Summer Ale with Ginger, 5.2%

Comments: A sweet beer, with the ginger flavour coming out early in the taste and aroma. Amber coloured, with fine head and little retention. Initially very sweet, with only the ginger to compensate for this. Bittering hops do appear, and help to compensate in the aftertaste, but there’s just too much sweetness to really balance out. I couldn’t see this being something for me on a warm day, but if you like sweeter beers, you might like this.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.bateman.co.uk/our+beers/bottle+beers

Multigrain ale, 4.7%

Comments: A surprising beer made with barley, wheat, rye and oats. This leads to a sweet and floral beer, with only a moderate use of hops. Reasonably clear amber colour, fine white head and good retention.  Initial flavours are sweet and light, with definite banana aroma, but more balanced than if this was a full hefeweizen. The use of other grains contributes to a full mouth feel, without the flavour becoming particularly heavy. Slight touch of hopping in the aftertaste, but still very light, sweet and clean. A good beer that I’d be happy to return to on a warm day.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.bewdleybrewery.co.uk/ourbeers.asp

Summer ale, 3.6%

Comments: A straw coloured summer ale, with fine white head and good retention. Not much aroma, initial flavours are slightly hoppy, with light citrus flavours and a bit of bitterness. A reasonably clean and light aftertaste, with some bitterness. Not particularly sweet, and overall a very lightly flavoured beer, without any obvious faults. On a warm day, it would be easy to drink a few of these.

Overall score: 6/10

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Site: http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/hoppinghare.asp

Summer ale, 4.4%

Comments: A summery ale, light in flavour with a refreshing finish. The beer advertises itself as being ‘thrice hopped’. Together with the name, this might suggest a bitter or very aromatic beer, however this is not the case. Aroma is limited, with a little hop noticeable. Colour is a light amber, which is reflected in the mouth feel – slightly sweet but no clear malty characters. Some citrus flavours, which blend into the hop in the aftertaste. A clean finish, with some aroma but little residual bitterness. Overall this is a very pleasant beer, but not as hoppy as I expected from the branding.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/banks’s-fresh.aspx

Summer ale, 4.2%

Comments: A lightly favoured and moderately hoppy beer. Fine head and good retention. Initally quite a citrus flavour, reasonably sour with a lemon and grapefruit flavour. Aroma hopping is restrained,  with bittering hop coming to the fore late in the flavour. Not particularly sweet, with a limited aftertaste which is dominated by the bittering hop. Overall a good beer though, and very pleasant on a warm day.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://moorbeer.co.uk/our-beer/northern-star

Pale Ale, 4.1%
Served at The Eagle and Child, Oxford.

Comments: A very aromatic beer, with plenty of aroma hopping but without overwhelming bitterness. Apparently this is brewed with a specialist American hop. Lemon and other citrus flavours dominate, fairly little malt, but still quite sweet. A very floral beer, brilliant on a hot day, but probably not a staple.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.danielthwaites.com/OurBrands/Ale/

Golden Ale, 4.1%

Comments: This is a classic golden ale, with a light gold colour, coarse head and good retention. Pale and Cara malts give a sweet beer, with a refreshing mouth feel and rounded flavour. Some hints of fruity flavours (particularly citrus), but the aroma mainly comes from the hopping. Aroma hop is present and balances well, but it’s the bittering hop that is more noticeable, as it comes in late and proceeds to dominate the aftertaste. This helps give the beer a refreshing finish. A very pleasant afternoon pint.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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