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whats your favourite?
for me, Hobgoblin > anything else ive ever tried
i never seem to get a hangover when i'm drinking Hobgoblin. i had an ale called Hip Hop once. was mediocre
Hobgoblin is hangover central for me, but the the taste makes it all worthwhile
Golden Jackal and Wherry are pretty good.
Abbot is guarenteed to ruin my mind.
as ur profile suggests, you may be familar with the wonders of Marlow's Rebellion brewery? wonderful beer.
but i will make it my aim to become so on your recommendation
I like Discovery
worked at H&W.
I have much branded tat.
that they make every year. god yes.
i also had a few deuchars the other night and they went down very well.
also timothy taylor too. oh and black sheep.
Deuchars IPA or Felinfoel Double Dragon.
well into my pale ales at the moment
brewed by abbeydale brewery in sheffield is the nicest pint i've ever had. sunk quite a few of them on sunday in the most amazing pub in the world (three stags heads in wardlow mires, derbyshire).i'm totally in love with any golden beer though, and being a hopeless real ale nerd i could reel off hundreds of fantastic ales that you should watch out for if it wasn't past my bedtime .... i will recommend anything brewed by my local brewery, titanic, though - they recently won a contract to supply wetherspoons pubs nationwide, and everything they make is beautiful - the iceberg in particular.
is well yum
if you ever actually are in sheffield, find the Devonshire Cat, (although i guess you might've already heard of it/been there if you're a real ale nerd). It's heaven on earth.
Newcastle Brown Ale into the same bracket.
Old Speckled Hen <3
about twelve years ago with my dogs. Had sunk a few on the walk over then treated myself to quite a few pints of draught Old Peculiar with half pints of brandy and Baileys to match. All of a sudden I realised I was totally fucking pissed. On the walk home though I got a few of those yellow cans of Boddingtons and they nearly ruined the whole experience, pissy shite that they are, meh :)
is my regular tipple, and Golden Pride (the 8.5% version) is rather nice too. I also used to really like the best at Ringwood pubs when i was living down on the south coast. Also Fallover from the Hampshire Brewery was good if a little potent.
Is bloody brilliant. Not sure who makes it but Kilellan is amazing as well.
Not sure how much is counts but Little Creatures pale ale is gorgeous.
for a one beer taste sensation but soemthing a little less vibrant on the palate for a session. Anything really, I like Black Sheep, Braines, London Pride, Hobgoblin's nice too.
other than that, I work on the principle that anything with an animal in the name is probably nice, especially if it's an English animal
how could I forget Moles?
Also loving Otter Bright.
Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted
is my favourite bottled real ale. As regards from the tap, whoever up there mentioned the Rebellion brewery is spot on, amazing beer.
Also, Jekylls Gold is decent too.
-Harviestoun Schiehallion. Best beer in the world.
-Pretty much anything from the Caledonian brewery (special mentions for Deuchars IPA, 80/- and Merman, which tastes like toffee).
-Hook Norton Steam.
Mmm. Thirsty now.
The day I get some Golden Champion from a pump will be a happy day..
Until then it's only local ales which are worth a look in, for me thats..
Fat cat ales
as that's what's down t'local at home.
at uni it's one of:
oh just anything!
ale is the nicest drink in the world.
is great Sussex ale and beats everything else. Their Best and Old Ale are simply genius.
I also like Courage Best, Bombadier.
Fo sho. Old Ale FTW
but i can't get enough of that banana bread beer stuff. absolutely amazing!
in a bottle it is pasteurised so not strictly real ale.
it isn't produced in cask very often, aside from a few casks brewed for Wetherspoons when they plead for it for their ale festivals.
I like this thread, it makes me feel like I'm not actually skiving :)
Barnsley Bitter and Landlord's Timothy Taylor are also great, but my favourite that I've tried recently is definately Monkman's Slaughter (brilliant name and really strong)
rebellion is a nice tipple, i oft go for loddon too, but i like a myriad of ales, as long as it's fresh, i'm there!
Thwaites Lancaster Bomber
is fucking minging
My Dad took me on the Hogsback tour for my birthday and it was ace. A lovely small brewery run by good people.
I agree with most of these.
Also Old Empire
JHB from Oakham Ales
Tiger from Everards
is pretty delicious. And Old Peculiar is always a winner. Summer Lightning I found to be pretty horrible. And Broughton's Double Ale was like drinking marmite.
Innis&Gunn is amazing. I love Doom Bar as well, think it's made by St Austell brewery.
are any of these ACTUALLY real ale? I thoguht "real ale" involved the bottle having yeast in it, which ferments after it's been sealed up (an which leaves some residue in the bottle)
stuff like Hobgoblin is just ale in't bottle
"The fundamental distinction between real and other ales is that real ale is alive when you drink it, meaning unpasteurized. Because the yeast is still alive, the process of fermentation continues in the cask or bottle on the way to the consumer. This seconary fermentation allows for the development of greater complexity in the taste."
that they drink in the pub.
but you are correct about bottled ales... most bottled ales are pasteurised, but more and more are being "bottle conditioned"
Fullers ESB and even though I should morally be against it, Duchy Originals. Also good to have some old peculiar every now and then.
Black Sheep, Black Dog seem to be fairly nice. Some are pretty hideous though, I only seem to remember the nice ones.
I don't think I liked Hobgoblin much when I tried it.
The abv of cask Hobgoblin is changing back to 4.5% (from 5%)
Bottled Hobgoblin is staying at 5.2% abv
Pitfield's Eco Warrior stuff is amazing too
Samuel's Smith's Cask Old Brewery Bitter is my favourite drink at the moment i think though. that stuff is a dream in a glass.
cant beat a good porter either...
Sharp's Doom Bar FTW
Deuchars IPA as many have already said.