Beers from the Fridge #7 – Anspach & Hobday – The Porter

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Anspach & Hobday describe this as ‘A beer that dominated London’s past, reinvented for today.’ Bottle conditioned, it is a very tasty traditional-style (albiet 6.7%) porter. All the expected flavours are there – charred malts, espresso coffee, vanilla, dried fruits. Good, long bitter finish. Highly drinkable.

Beers from the Fridge #6 – Flying Dog Raging Bitch

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A complex Belgian-style IPA: Bananas, yeast, citrus, peach and grapes on nose. Sharp taste, very intensive. Yeasty, hoppy with huge spicy character. Peppers, herbs and basement notes. extremely dry and sharp. Long dry hoppy finish with some alcohol notes. The commercial description from their web site is short and simple: “Two inflammatory words…one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Release it.” You won’t be disappointed!

Beers from the Fridge #5 – Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

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Dry, appetising and complex, Lindemans Cuvée René is exceedingly dry and traditional gueuze made from blending young and aged Lambic beers. bottled with the wild-spontaneous yeast flora, the beer is re-fermented in the cellar in the “méthode champenoise”. The commercial description is a masterpiece in understatement: A golden hue sets off the wonderful almost champagne like taste. This beer isn’t to everyone’s taste but is a classic style and one to be savoured. Read more on the Lindemans web site.

Beers from the Fridge #4 – Fordham Rams Head IPA

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Aggressively hopped, West Coast style IPA. Asserting its dominance with 75 IBUs, this beer contains pale, munich and rye malts, as well as Bravo, Chinook and Motueka hops. Representing a departure from Fordham’s characteristic sessionability beers, Rams Head challenges drinkers to “Defy the ordinary. Take life by the horns”. Commercial description: Rams Head IPA challenges easy drinking, Flavor charged and aggressively hopped, this ale immediately brandishes its horns, asserting dominance with a head butt of aroma. Visit their web site …

Beers from the Fridge #3 – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

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Following the most ancient brewing and malting traditions, selected barley is malted at the brewery and kilned over a fire of beech wood logs. The smoked malts, finest Bavarian hops and pure water are the only ingredients in this unique beer. It has an intense smoky aroma and flavour, not for the feint hearted! Smoky bacon in a glass. Commercial description: Bamberg’s speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according …

Beers from the Fridge #2 – Jever Pilsener

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Jever (pronounced Yeh-vah) is world classic extra dry pilsener. The aroma is resiny hops and booming malt leading to a beer with a typical pure white head and just the right amount of carbonation. Bouncingly fresh, but dry from the high hop rate though still with plenty of mouth feel. It continues through to a refreshing, dry hoppy finish. The official description from their web site as follows: Unique in taste. The secret lies in the water, which is still …

Beers from the Fridge #1 – BrewDog Punk IPA.

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First of a series of reviews to let you know what goodies we have in our bottle fridge. This review is straight from the BrewDog website… Welcome to a post Punk apocalyptic mother of an ale. A beer that spent its formative years Blitzkrieg Bopping around India and the sub-continent. This light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create a devastating explosion of flavour. Steel yourself for Kalashnikov bursts of caramel, incendiary tropical fruit and an …