Beer Producing Countries

Beer producing regions and countries

Beer is brewed in almost every country of the world, and if we have tasted it then it will appear under its country of production.

England

 Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale
69Sweetness lingers for a while but the finish is generally dry, bitter and malty, with more liquorice.

Adnams East Green Carbon Neutral

Adnams East Green Carbon Neutral
78A nicely balanced celebration of ecofriendly brewing from the green guys in Southwold. It's not as hoppy as other recent Adnams additions such as Explorer and Innovation, but pleasant nonetheless. The...

Adnams Explorer

Adnams Explorer
78Flavour-loaded, dark golden beer designed to be served chilled.

Adnams Gunhill
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Adnams Gunhill
83A red-amber-coloured beer with fruit cake flavours you expect in a beer of a much greater strength.

Adnams Innovation
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Adnams Innovation
85A mighty, limited-edition beer. ‘Serve chilled', says the label, and the flavours are so robust that you can really get away with it. The name celebrates the brewery's advances in energy-efficient p...

Adnams Lighthouse

Adnams Lighthouse
74A clean and quaffable, bright amber session ale, with plenty of taste for the ABV.

Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA

Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA
75A fine, chunky IPA, although not as complex as others reviewed in these pages.

Alcazar Bowman's Bounty

Alcazar Bowman's Bounty
68A full-flavoured IPA dedicated to Robin Hood. Too strong-tasting for my liking, however, and it could be a little cleaner, too.

Alcazar Gaoler's Ale

Alcazar Gaoler's Ale
75A peculiar red beer featuring the Sheriff of Nottingham on the label, which also suggests that the beer be enjoyed as an after-dinner drink.

Ann Street (Jersey & Tipsy Toad) Mary Ann Jubilee

Ann Street (Jersey & Tipsy Toad) Mary Ann Jubilee
56A bizarre, cloudy golden beer. Close inspection of the back label reveals that this is a diat pils, with much of the sugar fermented out. Not unpleasant but not entirely satisfying either.

Arkell's 3B

Arkell's 3B
73An enjoyable if unremarkable best bitter.

Arkell's Bee's
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Arkell's Bee's
80A fine, unpasteurised honey beer, with the right softness of texture but without the overbearing sweetness and floral notes some beers of this kind can have. The perfect accompaniment for roasted gamm...

Arkell's Bee's Organic Ale
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Arkell's Bee's Organic Ale
80A very pleasant, unpasteurised, golden/orange beer with clean, fresh flavours.

Arkell's  Swindon Pride

Arkell's Swindon Pride
75A golden beer with fine summery flavours. The bitterness of the finish may daunt some drinkers.

Arundel ASB

Arundel ASB
73A big and tasty brew with a chalky finish that dries the palate completely.

Arundel Old Knucker

Arundel Old Knucker
78A ruby-coloured old ale from Sussex that stumps up plenty of flavour and would wash down a chocolate pudding a treat. I'd love to try a bottle-conditioned version, which would add a touch of lightness...

Arundel Sussex Gold

Arundel Sussex Gold
75A golden ale with good, interesting flavours if you like a hop bias to your beers.

Badger England's Gold

Badger England's Gold
78A truly fruity, golden ale that will happily outlast England's less than golden performance in the World Cup. An easy-drinking showcase for the First Gold hop, with a useful bar chart on the label sh...

Badger First Gold

Badger First Gold
75Robust and surprisingly challenging.

Badger Golden Glory

Badger Golden Glory
73It contains peach blossom and tastes too contrived for my liking, but I know this beer does have plenty of fans. The fruitiness would make it worth mixing and match with food.

Badger Pumpkin Ale

Badger Pumpkin Ale
75There's a degree of artificiality about these Hall & Woodhouse ales, which are flavoured with natural essences, but they're pleasant enough and seem to hit the spot for lots of people.

Bank's Barley Gold

Bank's Barley Gold
78A strong, smooth ale in which the strength shows through perhaps a touch too boldly. It could also use more complexity.

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Cherry Stout

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Cherry Stout
73An interesting concoction that would be good with a creamy pudding, as long as it's not too sweet. The samples tried were well over carbonated (almost explosive!), but hopefully this problem will now ...

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Damson Stout

Bartrams Captain Bill Bartram's Damson Stout
65The bitterness, smoky notes and tart fruit don't really come together. Not as smooth or as successful as the Cherry Stout (above) from the same brewery.

Batemans Dark Lord

Batemans Dark Lord
77A deep garnet/ruby porter, named in honour of English Civil War commander Thomas Fairfax. Full-flavoured and satisfying.

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter
75Full of flavour, as you'd expect from Batemans, with a robust, bitter finish.

Batemans Rosey Nosey

Batemans Rosey Nosey
78A good value, red-amber beer that is full of character.

Batemans Summer Swallow

Batemans Summer Swallow
75A pleasant, clean, very light drinking bitter with an informative back label where a bar chart – similar to the one used by Badger – graphically displays the flavour profile of the beer.

Batemans Valiant
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Batemans Valiant
80A robust, tasty and highly satisfying, dark golden best bitter.

Batemans Victory Ale

Batemans Victory Ale
75A strong copper ale for lovers of estery fruit flavours.

Bath Ales Wild Hare

Bath Ales Wild Hare
80An organic beer, substantial and robust despite its delicate colour, that stands up well to bottling.

Brakspear Organic Beer
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Blonde/Golden Ale - Winner

Brakspear Organic Beer
83Full-flavoured premium ale that could, perhaps, be a touch crisper.

Brakspear Triple
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Brakspear Triple
83Remarkably easy-drinking strong ale. The restrained finish is the key to the drinkability.

Broughton Ales Angel

Broughton Ales Angel
75It's a bit one-dimensional – it could use a little more sweetness – but it's certainly clean and dry.

Cains 2008 Culture Beer

Cains 2008 Culture Beer
90A full-flavoured and interesting beer that may prove a touch too sweet for some palates. Part of Cains' heavy investment in Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Cains Cains Dragon Heart

Cains Cains Dragon Heart
75A solid enough brown ale, with decent flavours, but tired tasting on this evidence.

Cains Dragon Heart

Cains Dragon Heart
58A chestnut-coloured brown ale that doesn't really deliver, especially in the finish.

Cains Fine Raisin Beer

Cains Fine Raisin Beer
65It doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. It's reasonably well balanced but perhaps too contrived and, ultimately, rather unexciting. Also spoiled by ‘wet paper' oxidation notes.

Cains Finest Lager

Cains Finest Lager
73An impressive British Pilsener that would score much more highly if the oxidation issue was addressed.

Cains Organic Wheat Beer

Cains Organic Wheat Beer
78Although not the most complex wheat beer you'll ever discover, this is a welcome addition to the Cains range – pleasant, clean and refreshing.

Cameron's Castle Eden Ale

Cameron's Castle Eden Ale
63Sadly, it all goes downhill after the aroma, with oxidation obscuring all the intended flavours of what, in its cask form, is an enjoyable, malty-sweet Northern ale.

Cameron's Strong Arm

Cameron's Strong Arm
65Disappointing. Strongarm is a lovely beer on draught, with an attractive ruby complexion, but it tastes rather thin here, with wet paper oxidation notes detracting from the complex malt and hop flavou...

Cameron's Trophy

Cameron's Trophy
65Regrettably, like the other Camerons beers, ruined by oxidation. Beyond that huge distraction, one glimpses a fair example of the sweeter North-eastern style of bitter. A relic from the Whitbread empi...

Carling C2

Carling C2
Clear pale gold, nice tight head. Pepper aroma, neutral taste with the merest hint of hop. Medium-bodied, dry palate is dominated by faint sweet malt and a slight bitterness.

Carlsberg Holsten Pils

Carlsberg Holsten Pils
68The canned version. It has strength, but lacks finesse.

Castle Rock Elsie Mo

Castle Rock Elsie Mo
75A golden ale, crisp and refreshing – providing you like strong citrus flavours. The name comes from the type of malt used: Low Colour Maris Otter (LCMO).

Castle Rock Harvest Pale

Castle Rock Harvest Pale
75A popular beer from Nottingham, but a bit disappointing on this evidence. Butterscotch (diacetyl) flavours are dominant to the detriment of other characteristics. Full flavoured, nonetheless, with a g...

Cobra Lower Cal Lower Carb

Cobra Lower Cal Lower Carb
73Totally undemanding beer for a specialist segment of the market.

Coniston Bluebird Bitter
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Coniston Bluebird Bitter
83An excellently constructed, fruity yet bitter copper ale.

Coors Carling

Coors Carling
66Uninspiring, characterless beer lacking freshness. The canned version.

Coors Worthington's White Shield
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Coors Worthington's White Shield
85Very well balanced and always interesting, this 19th century survivor of the original IPA boom is all too easy to drink for its strength. Credit to Coors for investing in this erstwhile badly-abused b...

Cotleigh Buzzard

Cotleigh Buzzard
70A red bottle-conditioned ale that drinks just a little thin for its strength.

Cotleigh Peregrine Porter

Cotleigh Peregrine Porter
73An enjoyable bottle-conditioned porter that, on this tasting, just lacks a little carbonation.

Cotleigh Red Nose Reindeer

Cotleigh Red Nose Reindeer
70A beer that used to be bottle conditioned but is now filtered. The light-porous clear glass bottle does it no favours (cabbagey notes in the aroma).

Cropton Brewery King Billy Bitter

Cropton Brewery King Billy Bitter
70As is often the case with weaker bottle-conditioned beers, this golden ale is very dry and fairly gassy. Lacks the strength to condition long in the bottle, so drink it young.

Cropton Brewery Monkman's Slaughter

Cropton Brewery Monkman's Slaughter
65Interesting red-amber ale, but a touch too sharp and tart.

Daleside Brewery Alnwick IPA

Daleside Brewery Alnwick IPA
78A fine beer with the authentic IPA hopping, if not exactly the true strength of a genuine IPA. Packed with taste for its strength. Brewed for Alnwick by Daleside Brewery.

Dark Star Espresso

Dark Star Espresso
75This ruby beer certainly lives up to its name. Just as an Italian espresso coffee (unsugared) is a bitter, demanding drink and a shock to the senses, so is this uncompromising, bold stout, courtesy of...

Dark Star Sunburst

Dark Star Sunburst
75A golden beer for hopheads, but too hoppy for some palates.

Darwin Brewery Rolling Hitch
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Darwin Brewery Rolling Hitch
80Light and delicate for such a hoppy and strong beer. A very quaffable golden IPA from the North-East that was the winner of Asda's bottled beer competition in 2005.

Downton Chimera Dark Delight

Downton Chimera Dark Delight
78A bold Wiltshire red ale with a good, lip-smacking hop character although the strongly-scented esters may not appeal to everyone.

Downton Brewery Chimera IPA

Downton Brewery Chimera IPA
78A big, appropriately hoppy, somewhat alcoholic, golden IPA from Wiltshire.

Duchy Originals Organic Ale
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Duchy Originals Organic Ale
78A clean and pleasantly moreish beer, thanks to an initial subtlety in the finish.

Duchy Originals Summer Ale

Duchy Originals Summer Ale
75No shortage of flavour but perhaps not crisp enough for a summer drink.

Duchy Originals Winter Ale

Duchy Originals Winter Ale
78An enjoyable chameleon beer that strangely changes its personality from stage to stage.

Durham Benedictus

Durham Benedictus
81A robust and tangy – rather than smooth and mellow – barley wine, perhaps more akin to a strong IPA.

Eisenbahn Pale Ale

Eisenbahn Pale Ale
75An unusual pale ale. Not as crisp as most British or American versions, with a creamy texture throughout.

Elgood's Black Dog

Elgood's Black Dog
74A clean, tasty beer that doesn't disappoint, even if it is rather bitter in the finish for a mild.

Elgood's Black Dog

Elgood's Black Dog
75This award-winning Cambridgeshire brew has a rather bitter finish for a mild, but the moreish dryness is an enjoyable feature.

Exmoor Ales Brewery Beast

Exmoor Ales Brewery Beast
78The front label describes Exmoor Beast simply as a ‘strong ale', but when you read the small print on the reverse, its origins in the porter style are made clear.

Exmoor Brewery Gold

Exmoor Brewery Gold
75One of the longest-established golden ales, dating back to the mid-1980s. Enjoy the rich, smooth maltiness.

Foster's Twist

Foster's Twist
70This is Foster's spiked with lemon and lime juices, which marry with the beer well, but it's not a drink for beer purists.

Fox Nina's Mild

Fox Nina's Mild
75A ruby-coloured, bottle-conditioned mild with some interesting.

Fox Nina's Mild

Fox Nina's Mild
73A deep ruby, bottle-conditioned mild from coastal Norfolk, with plenty of taste.

Freeminer Harvest Ale

Freeminer Harvest Ale
75A very clean and quaffable, copper-coloured beer with quality malt and hop characteristics.

Freeminer Brewery Co-Op Organic Premium Ale
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Freeminer Brewery Co-Op Organic Premium Ale
83Rather sweet for a such a hoppy beer – the interesting ingredient is Fairtrade Demerara sugar from Malawi – but lots of good, clean fruity flavours and a moreish dry finish. The continental hop st...

Fuller's 1845

Fuller's 1845
73Not the most complex sample I've tasted of this successful, deep amber/reddish beer, which can age beautifully to become even more malty-dry and sherry like.

Fuller's Brewer's Reserve
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Fuller's Brewer's Reserve
88Wonderfully packaged, typically professional, oak-aged beer from Fuller's that tends to grow on you.

Fuller's Discovery

Fuller's Discovery
78A delicate but tasty beer designed to draw lager drinkers into the ale fold, using American Liberty hops for a citrus character and Czech Saaz for soft bitterness.

Fuller's Gales HSB

Fuller's Gales HSB
74A full-flavoured, nicely balanced, deep amber-red beer, perhaps not quite as sweet as in the days when it was brewed at Gale's in Horndean.

Fuller's Gales Prize Old Ale
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Fuller's Gales Prize Old Ale
85This is the last batch of Prize Old Ale brewed at Gale's, now packaged at Fuller's in a bigger bottle than before and with a conventional cap rather than a cork. It much more lively and acidic than pr...

Fuller's Gales Swing Low

Fuller's Gales Swing Low
78An enjoyable quaffing ale with plenty of interest for its strength and fine clean flavours. Now brewed by Fuller's at Chiswick since the closure of the Gale's brewery.

Fuller's Golden Pride

Fuller's Golden Pride
81A very well-balanced and smooth barley wine, the brewery-conditioned brother of Fuller's bottle-conditioned Vintage Ale.

Fuller's Jack Frost

Fuller's Jack Frost
78Beer with blackberries, but still very much a beer and not a gimmicky drink. Clever use of the fruit – to enhance the natural beer flavours rather than dominate them.

Fuller's London Porter
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Fuller's London Porter
85A rich and satisfying porter, created in the 1990s and stamped with the Fuller's hallmark of quality.

Fuller's Mr Harry

Fuller's Mr Harry
78A full-flavoured, robust beer with the distinctive Fuller's hop thumbprint. Probably good with roast beef.

Fuller's Organic Honey Dew

Fuller's Organic Honey Dew
73An easy-drinking golden ale that is very versatile and accommodating when it comes to food pairing.

Fuller's Red Fox
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Fuller's Red Fox
80A perfectly balanced, biscuity autumnal ale. Too bitter for drinking with puddings but otherwise an interesting beer to experiment with food-wise.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005
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Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005
83An easy-drinking (for its strength), complex bottle-conditioned ale with a lighter finish than anticipated.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2006

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2006
80This year's model is not quite as sweet as some previous offerings (the hops this time are Fuggles and Styrians). It's very good already but needs time to mellow.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2007
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Fuller's Vintage Ale 2007
88One of the highlights of every year is the release of Fuller's Vintage Ale. This year's brew has a prominent hop character that is likely to change considerably over time.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008
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Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008
81As classy as ever, but perhaps not the most complex of Vintage Ales for a few years. It'll be interesting to re-taste in a year or two's time.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2009

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2009
82A bit sticky and sweet at this early stage in its long life, but already a beer to seek out. It will dry and improve in time.

Fulstow Marsh Mild

Fulstow Marsh Mild
73A ruby-coloured mild with plenty of flavour, but perhaps a touch too dry and thin to be truly satisfying. Don't be confused by the label that gives the brewery name as Fugelestou. This is an old spell...

Grainstore Rutland Panther

Grainstore Rutland Panther
69A ruby beer with no shortage of flavour (and an unusual estery character) for the strength, but more a pussycat than a panther.

Greene King Hop

Greene King Hop
75Greene King's Beer to Dine For repackaged. It's not particularly compelling but it's a pleasant enough, nicely balanced, shiny golden beer.

Greene King IPA Export Strength

Greene King IPA Export Strength
73A pleasant enough and interesting progression from the often insipid standard Greene King IPA, but it fails to deliver what's really needed in a proper IPA – full body and a good smack of hops.

Greene King IPA Exports Strength
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Greene King IPA Exports Strength
80Well-balanced and tasty: a cut above Greene King's standard IPA. Scores more highly this time than in an earlier tasting.

Greene King Old Crafty Hen
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Greene King Old Crafty Hen
81A variation on a theme. This beer takes the oak-aged Old 5X that Greene King normally blends with a young beer to create Strong Suffolk and marries it with Old Speckled Hen.

Greene King St Edmunds

Greene King St Edmunds
75Designed for serving at a cooler temperature than most ales, and also as a mass market beer – there's certainly nothing demanding here. It's pleasant enough, but quite thin.

Greene King Suffolk Springer

Greene King Suffolk Springer
78A big-flavoured, ruby beer, but perhaps the fruit cake notes are a bit over the top. According to the label, a ‘springer' is a racehorse whose odds dramatically shorten just before a race.

Grolsch Weizen
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Wheat Beer - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Grain Only Wheat Beer - Winner – Tied

Grolsch Weizen
Sweet and fruit with a wheaty dryness. An appetising nose of banana, pear and cloves. An easy-drinking weissbier,

Hambleton GFL

Hambleton GFL
60The letters stand for Gluten Free Lager. This very pale brew has been created with coeliac disease sufferers in mind. It certainly fulfils a useful role, but it's an acquired taste. Obviously the suga...

Hampshire Hare

Hampshire Hare
50Spoiled by the rough alcoholic notes.

Hampshire Laughing Leprechaun

Hampshire Laughing Leprechaun
75Clean and tasty but a little thin for its strength.

Hampshire Mayhem
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Hampshire Mayhem
80A well-balanced and interesting mild, combining sweet and roasted flavours very nicely.

Hampshire Pride of Romsey

Hampshire Pride of Romsey
78A tasty, nicely balanced, copper coloured beer with a prominent but happily not over-stated hoppiness.

Hampshire T'ale of the Dragon

Hampshire T'ale of the Dragon
73A robust beer for hop lovers, probably not balanced enough for other drinkers.

Hampshire The Bee's Knees

Hampshire The Bee's Knees
50A hazy yellow beer that keeps the honey in check. The sharpness indicates that this particular sample was probably not at its best.

Hanby Cherry Bomb

Hanby Cherry Bomb
70A nicely packaged, interesting and flavoursome beer that drinks a bit lighter than its 6% ABV. Would be better if a touch sweeter, perhaps.

Harvey's Bicentenary Stout
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Harvey's Bicentenary Stout
80A bold, demanding beer for the Battle of Trafalgar commemorations. An acquired taste.

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout
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Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout
88Splendid re-creation of the imperial Russian stout style in a corked bottle. Not for the fainthearted or the novice.

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout 2003
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Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout 2003
84The daddy of imperial stouts, a recreation of a beer once imported into the Russian empire by Albert Le Coq. It's an acquired taste, with no compromises.

Harvey's Lewes Castle Brown Ale

Harvey's Lewes Castle Brown Ale
Aroma of liquorice, grape and toffee. Very balanced and pleasant.

Harvey's Old Ale

Harvey's Old Ale
Rich, complex dark fruit and malt, touch of citrussy hops... Very elegant... Excellent balance... An excellent low-strength dark ale... Toasty and somewhat toffeeish nose, hints of freshly cut fir woo...

Harvey's Quatercentenary Ale
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Harvey's Quatercentenary Ale
80An explosive ale to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.

Hawkshead Gold

Hawkshead Gold
78A good, unfussy, hoppy British best bitter, light amber in colour: clean, interesting and, most importantly, eminently drinkable.

Hawkshead Lakeland Lager

Hawkshead Lakeland Lager
75There's not much to criticise or praise here. It's just an okay British lager, but at least with a good finish.

Hawkshead Organic Stout

Hawkshead Organic Stout
81A smooth, tasty, easy-drinking, bottle-conditioned stout.

Hepworth Hakhamanesh Organic

Hepworth Hakhamanesh Organic
78Regally-wrapped in black and gold tissue paper, this is described as a ‘boutique beer' and, despite the emphasis on style, has some substance, too. It's a very mellow beer overall.

Highwood Tom Wood's  Jolly Ploughman

Highwood Tom Wood's Jolly Ploughman
75A fairly robust, ‘old-fashioned' tawny ale with lots of flavour.

Hoggley's Mill Lane Mild
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Hoggley's Mill Lane Mild
80A very drinkable and satisfying dark mild with clean flavours and excellent body for its strength. A product of a Northamptonshire micro that is turning out some fine bottle-conditioned beers.

Hoggley's Northamptonshire Bitter

Hoggley's Northamptonshire Bitter
73Pleasant, if a little chewy, with a notably bitter finish. From a tiny Northamptonshire brewery.

Hoggley's Reservoir Hogs

Hoggley's Reservoir Hogs
75Full of pleasant, fruity hop flavours, if just a little thick on the palate. The roasted notes in the finish arrive a little unexpectedly.

Hoggley's Solstice Stout

Hoggley's Solstice Stout
76A full-bodied stout with plenty of good roasted grain flavours but, on this occasion, not quite enough carbonation.

Hogs Back O.T.T (Old Tongham Tasty)

Hogs Back O.T.T (Old Tongham Tasty)
75A ruby beer of contrasting flavours that lives up to its full name, although maybe just a touch too sweet in the mouth.

Hogs Back T.E.A (Traditional English Ale)

Hogs Back T.E.A (Traditional English Ale)
75A drinkable, amber-coloured best bitter that perhaps lacks a little character.

Holden's Brewery Golden Glow

Holden's Brewery Golden Glow
75An interesting, tasty golden ale from a long-established Black Country family brewery.

Hook Norton Cotswold Lion

Hook Norton Cotswold Lion
75A full-flavoured golden ale contributing 5p a bottle to preserve the Cotswold Area of Natural Beauty. The Cotswold Lion is a type of sheep with a long mane.

Hook Norton Double Stout
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Hook Norton Double Stout
83A fine, dry, deep ruby-coloured stout, fresh, crisp and clean. Now available bottle conditioned.

Hook Norton Haymaker

Hook Norton Haymaker
78Full flavoured, crisp, dry and nicely refreshing. One of a number of quality golden ales from this revered Oxfordshire family brewery.

Hook Norton Hooky Gold

Hook Norton Hooky Gold
78A good value, full-flavoured yet nicely balanced golden ale that includes American Willamette hops.

Hook Norton Twelve Days

Hook Norton Twelve Days
78An attractive ruby ale with a chocolate orange character.

Hop Back Summer Lightning

Hop Back Summer Lightning
75Easy-drinking but surprisingly bitter, bright golden strong ale.

Iceni Honey Mild

Iceni Honey Mild
73A strange one: seems more like a dark bitter than a mild, with honey not very obvious at all. Still, a pleasant beer.

Iceni Thetford Forest Mild

Iceni Thetford Forest Mild
70An unusual take on the dark mild style. Somewhat heavily hopped and bitter, with unexpected floral notes. Our second beer this month from a prolific Norfolk brewer.

Joseph Holt 1849

Joseph Holt 1849
75A smooth and full-flavoured, predominantly malty bitter with excellent balance.

Joseph Holt Fifth Sense

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

Joseph Holt Humdinger
73A quaffing beer that, thankfully, is not too much in thrall to its honey content.

Joseph Holt Manchester Brown Ale

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

Joseph Holt Maplemoon
75A well-balanced, tasty, dark golden ale with an enjoyable citrus prominence.

Joseph Holt Pioneer

Joseph Holt Pioneer
75Gloriously hoppy in the Holt style, this bottle-conditioned beer features Pioneer hops.

Joseph Holt Thunder Holt

Joseph Holt Thunder Holt
75A tasty, well balanced strong ale described on the label as a ‘storm in a bottle'.

Joseph Holt Touchwood

Joseph Holt Touchwood
75An unusual but well-judged beer with intriguing but not overbearing flavours.

JW Lees Dragon's Fire

JW Lees Dragon's Fire
70Surprisingly malty for this day and age, but could taste a little fresher.

JW Lees Harvest Ale
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JW Lees Harvest Ale
88A world classic barley wine that could easily be served in sherry schooners. It's brewed each autumn from the latest crops of barley and hops, and, though sweet, is exceptionally moreish – beware!

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008
84A complex, orange-golden ale that offers something new with every sip. A year old but still on the sweet side.

Lovibonds Henley Amber

Lovibonds Henley Amber
70Henley has a great brewing heritage. This new beer comes from a microbrewery named after one of the town's long-gone breweries.

Lovibonds Henley Dark

Lovibonds Henley Dark
75A porter made from seven malts, including malt smoked over local Chiltern beechwood.

Lovibonds Henley Gold

Lovibonds Henley Gold
78An Anglo-US take on a weissbier (the co-owner of this small brewery in Henley-on-Thames is American Jeff Rosenmeier). Rich, full-tasting, and happily not too cloying thanks to the pleasant tart notes....

Marston's Old Empire

Marston's Old Empire
75A nicely-balanced golden ale with a good hop presence. Very quaffable for its strength, but could taste a bit fresher (the sample tasted was approaching its best before date).

Marston's Pedigree

Marston's Pedigree
79A successful bottled recreation of a classic draught ale. It lacks the fullness of body of the cask original but it's a pleasant drink.

Marston's  Pedigree Six
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Marston's Pedigree Six
83A limited edition, pumped-up version of Pedigree to herald the start of Marston's sponsorship of English cricket. After an unpromising aroma, this is a big, thoroughly enjoyable, sumptuous ale.

Mauldons Black Adder
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Mauldons Black Adder
83A garnet-coloured brew that is far too quaffable for its strength. More of a strong mild than a true stout.

Mauldons May Bee

Mauldons May Bee
75The honey flavours are nicely restrained, leaving the stage to lots of bitter hops.

Mauldons Silver Adder

Mauldons Silver Adder
80Mauldons' 25th anniversary beer: a satisfying, tasty, fruity and hoppy best bitter, not to be confused with the brewery's celebrated dark beer, Black Adder.

Meantime Chocolate
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Meantime Chocolate
85Like Young's more famous Double Chocolate Stout, this porter includes a little chocolate to enhance the dark malt flavours. A real treat with a chocolate brownie.

Meantime Coffee
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Meantime Coffee
85A garnet-coloured porter enhanced by the use of fresh coffee (note: contains caffeine). Cleverly done and rapidly becoming a classic.

Meantime Indian Pale Ale
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Meantime Indian Pale Ale
88Another beer that justly earned rave reviews on these pages previously. Retasted here, it again scores very highly.

Meantime IPA

Meantime IPA
90An impressive beer from first sight – in its corked Champagne-like bottle – right through to the lasting finish. A must for anyone who loves the taste of fresh hops. Bottle conditioned.

Meantime London Pale Ale
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Meantime London Pale Ale
80With its hedgerow-grassy character, this golden ale seems to offer more of a taste of the countryside than of the capital city, but it's an interesting, full flavoured beer with lots of character.

Meantime London Porter

Meantime London Porter
90An exceptionally good, authentic, deep-ruby porter, bottle conditioned to be light, fresh and easy to drink. Not to be missed.

Meantime London Porter
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Meantime London Porter
85Complex – far more than a straight roasted-grain-dominated porter – but easy-drinking, despite its obvious strength. Good light body, too, and splendid corked-bottle presentation.

Meantime Meantime Rasberry Grand Cru

Meantime Meantime Rasberry Grand Cru
81A refreshing, challenging, golden beer with a red blush, displaying skilful and well judged use of fruit.

Meantime Pilsner
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Meantime Pilsner
83This beer was tasted anonymously alongside the German pilsners featured later in this section and the score reveals that it more than held its own. A fine beer with bags of taste, packed with hop char...

Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
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Meantime Raspberry Grand CRU
78This is a stronger version of the pleasant Taste the Difference Raspberry Wheat Beer that Meantime brews for Sainsbury's. But it's fuller, it's sweeter and it has a better balance and a kinder finish ...

Meantime Union
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Meantime Union
80A tasty, quaffable and well balanced beer. The Cascade hops are held nicely in check in this Vienna-style lager.

Meantime Wheat Grand CRU
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Meantime Wheat Grand CRU
Tart fruit and cloves. Typical wheaty sourness with hints of toffee and a touch of pepper. Refreshing and spicy with a good alcoholic warmth.

Meantime Winter Time

Meantime Winter Time
80A new, bottle-conditioned creation not far removed from the same brewery's Chocolate and Coffee beers (see porters section). Flavour packed but perhaps just a touch cloying in places.

Moorhouse Black Cat

Moorhouse Black Cat
72Rather tired-tasting and the finish is the best feature. Not a patch on its cask-conditioned equivalent, which was voted Champion Beer of Britain in 2000.

Moorhouse Blond Witch

Moorhouse Blond Witch
75A pleasant and suppable golden ale that trades under the name of Blond Bitch in the United States.

Morland Hen's Tooth

Morland Hen's Tooth
73A deep amber, strong ale that is not as subtle or delicate as when first brewed at Morland in Abingdon.

Morrisons The Best
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Morrisons The Best
85Excellent value, strong, amber bitter, an ‘own label' beer produced by the Freeminer Brewery in Gloucestershire.

Nethergate Brewery Umbel Magna

Nethergate Brewery Umbel Magna
78Some might find the coriander just a touch too heavy as a flavouring for this rich, malty, bottle-conditioned porter, but it's a very pleasant creation.

Nils Oscar GOD

Nils Oscar GOD
75A fresh-tasting, well balanced Swedish lager with a good finish. The name means ‘good' rather than suggesting a divine presence.

Nottingham Brewery Extra Pale Ale

Nottingham Brewery Extra Pale Ale
78A surprisingly robust and hoppy golden ale, not dominated, as so many beers of this type are, by citrus fruit.

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

O'Hanlon's Goldblade
82A cross between a British ale and a Belgian witbier, and a successful one at that. Tasty, clean and quaffable.

O'Hanlon's Port Stout

O'Hanlon's Port Stout
78A fine, dry and bitter, ruby-brown stout with a fruitiness that is not quite what you'd expect from a beer laced with port.

O'Hanlon's  Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005

O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005
82A beer currently in the wilderness, following the decision of O'Hanlon's to cease production. Hopefully, another brewery will pick up the reins as this remains a world classic, the perfect companion f...

Oakham Hawse Buckler

Oakham Hawse Buckler
Aroma of grapefruit and toffee. Clean and uncompromising. Dry palate with plenty of cocoa and coffee

Oakleaf Maypole Mild

Oakleaf Maypole Mild
78A well-rounded, balanced dark mild, with heaps of dark malt character and not too much in the way of bitterness.

Orkney Skull Splitter

Orkney Skull Splitter
83After all the unnecessary controversy over its name this year, this beer shows its class. It's packed with flavour yet also easy drinking for the strength, satisfying, rounded and smooth.

Orkney Brewery Northern Light

Orkney Brewery Northern Light
75A pleasant, full-flavoured session ale with an informative back label.

Ossett Excelsior

Ossett Excelsior
75A full-flavoured golden ale from Yorkshire with American Cascade hops in evidence but kept nicely in check.

Ossett Old Gurners

Ossett Old Gurners
80A very tasty, well-made golden beer, subtle in some respects and bold in others. Clean and satisfying. There's an explanation of the art of gurning (face pulling) on the label.

Ossett Treacle Stout

Ossett Treacle Stout
78Dark and bitter without being too demanding. Good balance of complementary flavours.

Otley O8

Otley O8
82A fruity, quaffable barley wine that drinks more like a 6% beer.

Otter Claus

Otter Claus
75A full-flavoured, bronze quaffing beer.

Peak Ales Bakewell Best Bitter

Peak Ales Bakewell Best Bitter
75A robust and characterful, orange-golden bitter from Derbyshire that tastes stronger than the ABV suggests.

Peak Ales Gardener's Tap

Peak Ales Gardener's Tap
78A strikingly tasty yet light textured, amber-red beer brewed on and for the Chatsworth Estate. The label carries a story of how the Chatsworth gardeners used to secretly tap into a pipe carrying beer ...

Purity Farmer's Harvest

Purity Farmer's Harvest
75A dark golden ale brewed to mark the centenary of the National Farmers' Union. It claims to be the first beer to carry the ‘red tractor' logo, authenticating the provenance of the ingredients.

Purity Mad Goose

Purity Mad Goose
79This bright golden ale is a clean showcase for American hops, with both Cascade and Willamette used for aroma. Good, fun, modern packaging, too.

Purity Pure Gold

Purity Pure Gold
78A fine, tasty, golden ale with a good citrus-hop character.

Randalls Cynful

Randalls Cynful
75A fairly bitter mild, thin in body, as expected for the style, but not lacking taste.

Randalls Envy

Randalls Envy
78A novel, copper-coloured brew the dryness and hoppiness of which would make it a good aperitif beer.

Randalls Guilty

Randalls Guilty
73A dark ruby stout with a tart fruitiness that, rather than enhancing the beer, destabilises it a little.

Randalls Wycked

Randalls Wycked
73An interesting golden ale that could, perhaps, be just a touch cleaner.

RCH Ale Mary

RCH Ale Mary
75An acquired taste but a competent enhancement of RCH's citrussy Firebox ale through the addition of a selection of seasonal spices.

RCH Double Header

RCH Double Header
75A robust amber beer that will score more highly with hopheads.

RCH Old Slug Porter
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RCH Old Slug Porter
80A bitter ruby beer with a pronounced roasted malt character and little in the way of sweetness. However, the light, airy body makes it very easy to drink.

Rebellion Red

Rebellion Red
75A beer true to its name in appearance, with a wonderful aroma and lots of interesting flavours.

Rebellion White

Rebellion White
75A pleasant and quaffable, English version of a witbier.

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
81A polished, well-rounded ‘imperial red ale' that will do a fine job of keeping out the winter cold.

Ringwood Boondoggle

Ringwood Boondoggle
75A refreshing, bitter, golden ale featuring Fuggles and First Gold hops.

Ringwood Fortyniner

Ringwood Fortyniner
73A lighter-drinking beer than its strength would suggest.

Ringwood Old Thumper

Ringwood Old Thumper
75A famous copper ale with a rather subtle finish for a beer of its strength.

Ringwood Seventy Eight

Ringwood Seventy Eight
75An old-fashioned, orange-amber beer brewed to celebrate 30 years of brewing at Ringwood. It's not nearly as fruity as most of Ringwood's beers, and it's not bottle conditioned either, which takes away...

Robinson's Old Ginger Tom

Robinson's Old Ginger Tom
75Old Tom blended with Fentiman's Ginger Beer, producing an interesting drink with quite a kick. I suspect, however, that most of us would prefer the original Old Tom on its own.

Robinson's Old Tom
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Robinson's Old Tom
80A complex and fascinating, award-winning red ale in an attractive new, chunkier bottle.

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Sainsbury's Franconian Style Dark Lager
80A full value, tasty beer with clean flavours and good balance. Franconia is the northern part of Bavaria.

Sainsbury's Munich Style Oktoberfest Bier

Sainsbury's Munich Style Oktoberfest Bier
80A bold yet well-balanced, strong, nutty lager that happily takes the chill off an autumn evening.

Sainsbury's So Organic Blonde Ale

Sainsbury's So Organic Blonde Ale
73An interesting golden ale with a surprisingly estery character for its strength. Brewed by Wychwood for Sainsbury's.

Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale

Saltaire Cascade Pale Ale
78A hop feast that also includes the Centennial hop alongside the one celebrated in the beer's name.

Saltaire Fuggles Bitter

Saltaire Fuggles Bitter
75A nicely balanced and tasty, if very dry, bitter showcasing the Fuggle hop. The clear, informative labels of this and the Goldings Ale below set a new benchmark for bottling brewers.

Saltaire Goldings Ale

Saltaire Goldings Ale
An unpasteurised brew, based on the Golding hop: for those who like dry, bitter, hoppy ales.

Saltaire Hazelnut Coffee Porter

Saltaire Hazelnut Coffee Porter
79This bright amber-red beer is loaded with flavour for its strength, but seems a bit too contrived and artificial. Saltaire's beers are terrific but this is not one of their best.

Samuel Smith Imperial Stout
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Samuel Smith Imperial Stout
83Good imperial stout flavours but at a more manageable strength than most examples of the style currently on the market.

Samuel Smith Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Samuel Smith Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
79A well-balanced but not particularly striking beer that delivers more in the finish than in the taste.

Samuel Smith Strong Golden

Samuel Smith Strong Golden
80A strong beer that doesn't disguise its power, even though there's a prominent oak note throughout.

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby
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Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby
83A classic strong Midlands mild that has not been bottled for a few years. This sample was from a new trial bottling.

Sharp's 3

Sharp's 3
81Despite the unpromising aroma, this is a very refreshing, golden beer, especially for the strength. The tartness is an excellent foil for the sweetness of the malt.

Sharp's Chalky's Bark

Sharp's Chalky's Bark
81A well-balanced and rather subtle ginger beer, with the spice most evident in the glow it leaves in the finish. Smooth and quaffable.

Sharp's Chalky's Bite
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Sharp's Chalky's Bite
83A very effective, carefully created, Belgian-style ale that includes a subtle dose of wild fennel seeds. Produced in conjunction with seafood chef Rick Stein, whose Jack Russell terrier lends its name...

Sharp's Doom Bar

Sharp's Doom Bar
73Nicely balanced but firmly malt-accented amber Cornish bitter.

Sharp's Gentle Jane

Sharp's Gentle Jane
81A Belgium-inspired ‘Cornish sour ale', brewed with mixed yeast cultures. Blonde an effervescent, with nods towards Orval, it makes a welcome change from the typical British golden ale. A great aperi...

Sharp's Honey Spice
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Sharp's Honey Spice
80A clean and enjoyable, inventive beer that includes cinnamon, coriander and mixed peel. Plenty of condition makes it a lively drink.

Sharp's Honey Spice Triple

Sharp's Honey Spice Triple
80Interestingly creative beer, marrying spices and honey with the hops and strength of a tripel. A touch too perfumed for my liking, but others may love it.

Sharp's Massive Ale
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Sharp's Massive Ale
80Not the most complex of barley wines but deftly done.

Sharp's Massive Ale

Sharp's Massive Ale
82A substantial but fairly subtle ale that is very easy to drink for the considerable strength, with alcohol kept wonderfully in check.

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2008

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2008
83Pleasant and clean, with various levels of flavour, but it's a bit thin and understated overall.

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2010

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2010
78Although a little light-bodied and delicate for its strength, this is an interesting, one-off, dark amber beer, matured at the brewery for a month before being bottle conditioned.

Sharp's Special

Sharp's Special
83In contrast to some of the pasteurised beers in this tasting, the lightness of texture and the ‘wildness' of taste of this bottle conditioned amber ale are rather exciting. Full, fresh and satisfyin...

Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale

Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
78A full-bodied, complex ale, perhaps too bold for some drinkers.

Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger

Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger
73A famous amber-red Kentish ale with a pronounced bitter aftertaste.

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2005

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2005
75An enjoyable, amber-coloured seasonal offering, presented in an attractive gift box.

Shepherd Neame Original Porter

Shepherd Neame Original Porter
75Well balanced, with pleasant, wintry flavours, although perhaps lacking a bit of body, as it dries quickly.

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay
75This well-established organic ale seems a bit fruitier than when last tasted for this magazine.

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Organic Ale

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Organic Ale
75A rather delicate, low-key, Kentish amber ale that would certainly be more impressive on draught, but pleasant and quaffable all the same. Its name suggests a pairing with oysters, but that's not been...

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet
75A sturdy, red-coloured bitter with a good, complex malty background. Not quite FAB, as they used to say in the puppet series from which it takes its name, but decent enough.

Spectrum Light Fantastic

Spectrum Light Fantastic
73Like most bottle-conditioned beers around this modest strength, this golden bitter struggles a bit to avoid being too dry, but it drinks okay. The first of several beers here from an East Anglian micr...

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler
78I'm not keen on the chalky dryness but otherwise this is a very pleasant strong, garnet-coloured beer that drinks a lot lighter than its ABV would suggest.

Spectrum Trip Hazard

Spectrum Trip Hazard
75A full-bodied red-amber beer for a cold winter's night.

Spectrum Wizzard

Spectrum Wizzard
75A burnished copper-coloured strong ale with big flavours.

Springhead Roaring Meg

Springhead Roaring Meg
73A full-flavoured blonde ale named after a cannon that was used by Roundheads to destroy Goodrich Castle, near Monmouth, in the Civil War. The overall impression is that it's a touch too bitter and cou...

St Austell Admiral's Ale
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St Austell Admiral's Ale
80An innovative beer using an especially created type of dark malt and no pale malt. American hops provide a delightfully fruity contrast.

St Austell Clouded Yellow

St Austell Clouded Yellow
73An interesting re-creation of a Bavarian weissbier, using vanilla pods, cloves and coriander to replicate the natural spicy, fruity flavours created by genuine weissbier yeast. Thinner and crisper tha...

St Austell Clouded Yellow

St Austell Clouded Yellow
79A well-balanced attempt to re-create weizenbier flavours through the addition of spices rather than using a wheat beer yeast. It's not very demanding or full flavoured but it's pleasant enough.

St Austell Proper Job

St Austell Proper Job
78A surprisingly golden-coloured, bottle-conditioned IPA, drawing inspiration from the American craft-brewed model rather than the maltier Burton-on-Trent school.

St Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale
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St Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale
80A blend of a dark ale and an oak-aged barley wine, with coriander thrown in for good measure. The finish is perhaps a bit too oaky and dry, and a little more sweetness throughout would probably be of ...

St Austell Tribute

St Austell Tribute
75A pleasant quaffing ale with an American accent. Not that new in bottle, but recently repackaged.

St Austell Brewery Proper Job

St Austell Brewery Proper Job
83A refreshing, dark golden beer inspired by various American IPAs and hence loaded with citrus flavours. Cornish malt is successfully employed to even up both the taste and the trans-atlantic balance. ...

St Peter's G-Free

St Peter's G-Free
75A gluten-free beer that tastes a bit odd, as these beers tend to do, but otherwise delivers rather well. It's really very acceptable and will make coeliacs jump for joy.

St Peter's Golden Ale

St Peter's Golden Ale
75A tasty, pleasant golden ale with an unusual hop character.

St Peter's Honey Porter

St Peter's Honey Porter
75St Peter's are imaginative brewers, but they've overplayed the honey in this one and it detracts from the flavours of the base beer, rather than complementing them. That said, surprisingly it's not to...

St Peter's Indian Pale Ale

St Peter's Indian Pale Ale
73A demandingly hoppy drink that grabs you by the tastebuds. A little more malt wouldn't go amiss.

St Peter's Old-Style Porter
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St Peter's Old-Style Porter
80As its name reveals, this is a porter produced the old way, by blending aged beer with a younger brew. It's full of flavour, yet well balanced. A good, hefty, ultimately bitter porter.

St Peter's Organic Ale

St Peter's Organic Ale
75A robust and strongly-flavoured, golden best bitter.

St Peter's Summer Ale

St Peter's Summer Ale
75Surprisingly strong for a summer ale, but there's plenty of taste and body.

St Peter's Wheat Beer

St Peter's Wheat Beer
75More akin to a Belgian wit than a Bavarian weissbier. The label says it's unfiltered, but it pours clear. A pleasant, dark golden drink.

St Peter's Winter Ale

St Peter's Winter Ale
78A full-bodied, smooth, ruby beer with the character of an aged ale.

Stonehenge Ales Rudolph

Stonehenge Ales Rudolph
68A bronze beer that would be better if the chocolate flavours could fight their way through the dominant esters and bitterness.

Teignworthy Martha's Mild

Teignworthy Martha's Mild
75A ruby mild from Devon that knows its strength and saves the best till last.

Teme Valley Hearth Warmer

Teme Valley Hearth Warmer
75Appealing deep red beer with a neat, frothy white collar, but more bitter than expected.

Theakston Old Peculier
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Theakston Old Peculier
78A delightfully mellow yet complex old ale, but lacks the full character of the cask conditioned version.

Theakston Paradise Ale

Theakston Paradise Ale
73A nicely dry, delicate beer featuring American Cascade hops. Perhaps too delicate to be pasteurised for the bottle and sure to be even better on draught.

Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale Madeira Reserve 2007
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Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale Madeira Reserve 2007
87The first of three limited collection beers, this orange-amber beer offers a great mix of flavours, with oak playing its part but not totally dominant.

Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale PX Reserve 2007

Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale PX Reserve 2007
70An orange-amber ale with good body, a good airy texture and plenty of taste, even if the oak tends to outpoint rather than complement other flavours.

Thornbridge Bracia

Thornbridge Bracia
84This near-black beer is a meal in a glass, but you need to like honey to really enjoy it.

Thornbridge Jaipur
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Thornbridge Jaipur
80A very successful golden IPA that has turned many heads since it arrived on the scene last year. The beer is available in both filtered and bottle-conditioned versions. The above notes are based on th...

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
80The very pale golden colour belies the depth of flavour in this robust IPA. It's almost a meal in a glass.

Thornbridge Kipling
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Thornbridge Kipling
80Described as a ‘South Pacific pale ale', thanks to the inclusion of rare Nelson Sauvin hops. Another first-class beer from Thornbridge, although perhaps a bit too intensely flavoured for some.

Thornbridge McConnel's

Thornbridge McConnel's
78A vanilla stout, flavour-packed and interesting, as we've come to expect from Thornbridge Brewery.

Thornbridge Saint Petersburg

Thornbridge Saint Petersburg
78A full-bodied, full-flavoured recreation of the imperial Russian stout style, but with a tropical fruit note and a rather intense, bitter finish.

Thwaites Bombay Pilsner

Thwaites Bombay Pilsner
55A curry beer with plenty of taste but without much to commend it otherwise.

Thwaites Double Century Celebration Ale

Thwaites Double Century Celebration Ale
No shrinking violet – a veritable potpourri of flowery, fruity flavours from the blend of Golding and Fuggles hops, with Bramling Cross added late for maximum, perfumed impact. A little too sweet in...

Thwaites Good Elf

Thwaites Good Elf
76This is a brown ale for Christmas, so is hardly going to be at its freshest at this time of the year. Nevertheless, it's obvious that this is a tasty, satisfying beer with interesting, balanced flavou...

Thwaites Wainwright

Thwaites Wainwright
41A quaffable golden ale in memory of the Lakeland rambler-writer Alfred Wainwright.

Traditional Scottish Ales Albannach

Traditional Scottish Ales Albannach
77A good, flavoursome, dark golden beer that could easily have become cloying in the finish but didn't.

Uncle Stuart's Excelsior

Uncle Stuart's Excelsior
70An amber-red bitter, one of a range of bottle-conditioned beers from a tiny Norfolk brewery. The taste and finish sadly fail to do justice to what is a rather appealing aroma.

Vale Black Swan Dark Mild

Vale Black Swan Dark Mild
75A beer from rural Buckinghamshire that bottles very well for its modest strength. Lots of flavour for its ABV.

Ventnor Brewery Oyster Stout

Ventnor Brewery Oyster Stout
70An unusual twist on the stout theme, but lacks a little carbonation.

Wadworth St George & The Dragon

Wadworth St George & The Dragon
45An enjoyable, bright-amber coloured ale that was also bottled recently under the name of DW60, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race.

Wadworth The Bishop's Tipple

Wadworth The Bishop's Tipple
75Multi-faceted strong beer that is surprisingly crisp for its ABV.

Wells & Youngs Bombardier Burning Gold

Wells & Youngs Bombardier Burning Gold
75Along with a stout called Satanic Mills, this is the latest extension of the Bombardier brand, a golden ale featuring Fuggles and Golding hops.

Wells & Youngs Bombardier Satanic Mills

Wells & Youngs Bombardier Satanic Mills
78A very pleasant stout that is not too bitter or heavy. Along with Burning Gold (reviewed in a previous issue), it's the latest extension to the Bombardier brand.

Wells & Youngs Champion Live Beer
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Wells & Youngs Champion Live Beer
80A clean, refreshing, enjoyable golden beer with a summer accent.

Wells & Youngs Christmas Pudding

Wells & Youngs Christmas Pudding
75It doesn't taste like Christmas pudding but it's great if you like coconut.

Wells & Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

Wells & Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
73A touch light in the body for its strength and not as thick and luxurious as the packaging promises. Quite a bitter stout on the whole.

Wells & Youngs Ruby Star
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Wells & Youngs Ruby Star
80Unusual – a darkish beer with a pronounced hop accent. The perfumed hops will surprise many drinkers. A recent Tesco Beer Challenge winner and the first new bottle-conditioned beer to emerge from We...

Wells & Youngs Special London Ale
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Wells & Youngs Special London Ale
83Deservedly popular bronze ale that is easier to drink than its strength would suggest.

Wells & Youngs Waggle Dance

Wells & Youngs Waggle Dance
75Refreshingly, a quaffable bitter with a firm hoppiness and a honey accent, rather than a thick, sweet honey ale.

Wells & Youngs Winter Warmer

Wells & Youngs Winter Warmer
75A somewhat frustrating red beer that keeps promising an explosion of rich, malty flavours but never quite delivers. Very pleasant all the same.

Westerham Brewery Little Scotney Pale Ale

Westerham Brewery Little Scotney Pale Ale
75A robust, full-flavoured but very dry bitter featuring Target hops from the National Trust's Scotney Castle farm in Kent.

Westerham Brewery William Wilberforce Freedom Ale

Westerham Brewery William Wilberforce Freedom Ale
75A full-flavoured, bottle conditioned ale to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the UK and extolling the virtues of today's Fairtrade produce.

Wickwar Mr Perrett's

Wickwar Mr Perrett's
78A smooth, flavoursome stout. Full bodied and good value.

Williams Brothers Gold
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Williams Brothers Gold
80A good-value, refreshing Scottish bitter using seven types of malt. Lots of clean flavours for its modest strength.

Windsor Castle Sadler's Mud City Stout

Windsor Castle Sadler's Mud City Stout
76A West Midlands beer incorporating raw cocoa powder and vanilla, delivering interesting flavours and a great texture.

Windsor Castle Sadler's Thin Ice

Windsor Castle Sadler's Thin Ice
74A refreshing and tasty, pale golden beer from Worcestershire.

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER
60I tried this golden beer a few months ago and the flavours were quite different, with more of a deeper malt character and a floral freshness. Hope this was just a rogue sample.

Wold Top Wold's Way

Wold Top Wold's Way
78A very refreshing, gluggable bitter, highlighting the fruity notes of Cascade and Golding hops – proof, once again, that beer does not have to be strong to be tasty. Inspired by the Wolds Way footpa...

Wolf Grandma's Rich Porter

Wolf Grandma's Rich Porter
75A porter from Norfolk, infused with cloves, which are not particularly noticeable. It develops into a good, bitter drink with a dryness that draws you back for more.

Wolf Lavender Honey

Wolf Lavender Honey
73With plenty of taste for its strength, this is an unusual, fresh-tasting floral beer that won't suit all palates but will work well for others.

Wolf Stout

Wolf Stout
75A light-bodied stout with a pronounced roasted aftertaste.

Wolf Straw Dog

Wolf Straw Dog
73The label describes it as a weissbier in the German style but there's none of the expected banana and clove flavours. A touch too tart for my taste.

Wolf Woild Moild

Wolf Woild Moild
72Arguably too hoppy and bitter for a mild, but this is a fine, red beer with a good combination of malt and hop flavours.

Wood's Christmas Cracker

Wood's Christmas Cracker
73A bottle-conditioned beer that seemed a touch young. Another month in the bottle may have helped round off the coarser alcohol notes.

Woodforde's Head Cracker

Woodforde's Head Cracker
70A dark golden, bottle-conditioned beer that needed more carbonation this time.

Woodforde's Head Cracker

Woodforde's Head Cracker
83A full-value, golden ale that initially veers off in the sweet direction but comes together very well once the hops kick in.

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip
73An interesting and flavoursome, bottle-conditioned ruby beer that, on this occasion, lacked carbonation.

Woodforde's Sundew

Woodforde's Sundew
The essence of summer in a bottle: like walking through a colourful English garden. Nevertheless, it's very much a true bitter when it comes to the finish.

Worthington's White Shield
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Worthington's White Shield
83A classy, wonderfully balanced copper ale that continues to be at the head of the field of bottle-conditioned beers.

Wychwood Bah Humbug

Wychwood Bah Humbug
78A nicely balanced spiced ale that still comes over as a beer rather than simply a festive confection.

Wychwood Beewyched
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Wychwood Beewyched
78A full-flavoured and thankfully not-too-sweet, dark golden ale, produced in Oxfordshire with Fair trade honey and sugar.

Wychwood Blackwych

Wychwood Blackwych
70A nicely balanced beer sadly spoiled by light pervading the clear glass bottle.

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale
78A hearty, satisfying, deep amber blend of assorted malt flavours and hops.

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale
78A complex and successful, dark amber beer that belies its strength a little. Formerly known as Duchy Originals Winter Ale.

Wychwood Goldwing

Wychwood Goldwing
73An ‘English blonde beer', exclusive to Sainsbury's. Tasty, but perhaps a touch too dry. A little more sweetness would help, especially in the finish.

Wychwood  Hobgoblin

Wychwood Hobgoblin
73A tasty red-brown beer, just a little thick in the finish.

Wychwood Oxford Gold
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Wychwood Oxford Gold
80Formerly known as Brakspear Organic Beer. A crisp and rewarding, bottle-conditioned beer with an excellent track record in what – because of the unpredictable quality of the ingredients – is a dif...

Wychwood Whirlygig

Wychwood Whirlygig
45An unusual beer described on the label as a ‘rich ruby ale' but appearing more amber in colour in the glass.

Wychwood Wychcraft

Wychwood Wychcraft
75Attractively packaged, flavour-packed beer that may be a touch too overpowering to be consumed in quantity.

Wye Valley Butty Bach

Wye Valley Butty Bach
65At its best, a soft and easy drinking, fruity, dark golden ale.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Ale

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Ale
75A full-flavoured red beer that is surprisingly bitter for its strength.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale
78A clean and refreshing pale beer.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
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Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
80An uncompromisingly bitter and roasted stout. A good alternative to Guinness, now that the latter is not conditioned in the bottle.

Wye Valley Mighty Morgan

Wye Valley Mighty Morgan
70A tasty golden beer (the label says ‘chestnut') named after the Morgan sports car company.

Wye Valley The Best 4x4

Wye Valley The Best 4x4
78An easy-drinking beer that doesn't, however, lack character. Brewed to celebrate 60 years of Land Rover production.

Wye Valley Two Swans

Wye Valley Two Swans
75A refreshingly malty alternative to the current wave of golden, hoppy ales. Brewed to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, whose ‘two swans' logo was designed ...

Perfect Partners (Cheese & Beer)
Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don't we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

A salt on the senses (Beer & Seafood)
Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

Capital combinations (London)
Where in London can you eat good food and drink great beer at the same time? Ben McFarland found out

The Hairy Bikers
Dave Myers and Si King are the Hairy Bikers: two-wheeled, globe-trotting, beer-loving chefs from North East England. Jeff Pickthall spoke to them

A very British dish
Few things are as well matched as beer and curry, but is it as simple as that? Sally Toms finds out

Oriental express
Last issue we got stuck into one of the gastonomic world's greatest creations - beer and curry. Now we explore beer's other perfect partner - a Chinese takeaway! Ben McFarland picks up his chopsticks

Beer vs wine
Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Walking the South Downs way
Daniel Neilson goes in search of rural England and some splendid ales on the south coast.

Beers from the Pioneer Valley
George Lenker takes us on a beer tour of Western Massachusetts.

Beer nirvana of the Midwest
Chicago is a beer lover's paradise. Mark Peters gives us a whistle stop tour of some of the city's best bars.

Geordie gems
Jeff Pickthall explores the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, looking for the best beer hot spots in the North East.

Everything you need to know about... water
In the latest in our series Michael Jackson investigates the role of water and how important a quality sourse is to the overall taste of beer

Everything you need to know about cask conditioning
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

That special something (Yeast)
Yeast is a vital and complex part of beer production. Roger Protz looks at the history of this ingredient and how brewers keep it happy

One lump or two?
It has been suggested that there was room in BOTW for a little more technical stuff. So pay attention, here comes the science bit: Daniel Cooper reports on the use of sugar in brewing.

Ireland: Stout to the top
Ireland's beer consumption has been dominated by stout in general and Guinness in particular. But as the country changes through new wealth, are its drinking patterns changing too?

The Netherlands - Dutch courage
The Netherlands has had a rough ride from beer aficionados but is it really that bad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

Belgium - The Belgian Selection
Belgium produces the most varied collection of beers in the world; Roger Protz reveals what the beer lover will find there

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

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

Hampshire, Kent and Sussex: In the garden of England
Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

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

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Treasures of the North East
There's a lot of very good beer produced between Berwick upon Tweed and Middlesbrough, writes Alastair Gilmour.

Northern exposure
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...

The beers of Eire
Iorwerth Griffiths explains that there's more to Ireland than stout.

Green & Pleasant Lands
Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire form an impressive pyramid of brewing, where traditional production and modern techniques exist side by side. Dominic Roskrow reports.

Star of the East (Adnams)
Few breweries dominate their locality the way Adnams does in Southwold. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

Stays Sharp's to the bottom of the glass (St Austell)
Sharp's is challenging St Austell as Cornwall's biggest brewer. Roger Protz visited it

The beer that time forgot (Hook Norton)
Hook Norton in Oxfordshire is part visitor attraction, part brewery. It also makes great beer. Sally Toms went for a look round

200 Years of history
Daniel Thwaites is celebrating its 200th anniversary but as Dominic Roskrow reports, the company's keener to look forward than to look back.

Busy brewing in Bedford (Wells & Young)
Wells & Young's has undergone huge changes in the last two years. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, the parent company has been evolving for decades.

The heart of Hampshire (Ringwood)
This year is a crucial one for Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, marking the start of a new era. Dominic Roskrow reports

Marston's of the universe
Pete Brown visits Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent home of the legendary Burton Unions.

Wychwood branches out
Marston's is eating up outstanding British regional breweries faster than Beers of the World can visit them. But could this guarantee the future of some of England's best premium ales? Dominic Roskrow...

The Badger set
Dorset brewer Hall & Woodhouse uses the most advanced retailing and marketing techniques to stay competitive. But it hasn't forgotten its roots either. Dominic Roskrow reports

Brewing in the bard's back yard
As well as being Shakespeare's old stomping ground, the West Midlands is one of England's most important regions as far as brewing history is concerned, but what's the status today? Dominic Roskrow re...

Worthy of praise
Pete Brown visits the Worthington White Shield Brewery to explore the history of one of Burton's most legendary beers.

Black Magic
Roger Protz travels to St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate the iconic brand's 250th birthday.