Joseph Holt 1849
75A smooth and full-flavoured, predominantly malty bitter with excellent balance.
Joseph Holt Fifth Sense
73A powerful beer giving the impression of being just a bit too strong for its flavours to be fully appreciated.
Joseph Holt Humdinger
73A quaffing beer that, thankfully, is not too much in thrall to its honey content.
Joseph Holt Manchester
75Full flavoured for the strength, but perhaps a touch too astringent in the finish. A Lowry scene features on the label.
Joseph Holt Manchester Brown Ale
70Disappointing: the dryness and lack of body detract from the malt and hop flavours, and it all tastes rather tired. I didn't enjoy it as much as the last time I drank it, just over a year ago.
Joseph Holt Maplemoon
75A well-balanced, tasty, dark golden ale with an enjoyable citrus prominence.
Joseph Holt Pioneer
75Gloriously hoppy in the Holt style, this bottle-conditioned beer features Pioneer hops.
Joseph Holt Thunder Holt
75A tasty, well balanced strong ale described on the label as a ‘storm in a bottle'.
Joseph Holt Touchwood
75An unusual but well-judged beer with intriguing but not overbearing flavours.
North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys
Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...