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HBC Report No. 033

Another wee report on some of our current selection of beers in the shop! Get involved.

northern monk mango lassi heathen brew bristol


Northern monk – Mango Lassi Heathen 7.2%

Aroma: Sweet, yoghurt, tangy, mango, apricot, pepper

Flavour: sweet, grainy, fruity, Clementine, lychee

Palate: Big, creamy, smooth, rounded. Lower bitterness than anticipated. Sweet.

So, this beer is good. That is undeniable. I have to admit, though, that it's not my personal favourite, style wise. We all decided that it was closer to being a fruit pale, rather than an IPA. The bitterness was just a little overwhelmed by the sweet mango. Good though, if you have more of a sweet tooth when it comes to your beer, it is worth a try for sure.

brwe bristol crane echo


Crane – Echo 8.0%

Aroma: Peach, grain, citrus, pith, resinous

Flavour: Balanced malt, caramel, orange and citrus

Palate: Oily, balanced, surprisingly easy to drink.

I was impressed by this brew. It's just hit the mark all round. Great body, bitterness and roundness of flavour. Balanced would be the term you're looking for.

weird beard brew bristol defacer


Weird Beard - Defacer 11.1%

Aroma: Orange, herbal, honey, grapefruit, pine, caramel, dill, citrus

Flavour: Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, toffee, caramel, herbal

Palate: Thick, long finish, good bitterness, easy drinkin' for 11.1%!

I dunno. What's there to say? Buy this beer? It's really freaking good? You'll probably regret it when that last bottle sells and you didn't get to revel in all that perfect mix of bitterness, alcohol, hop aroma and malt sweetness? Yeah, I think that pretty much covers the deal with this beer.

Tasting Session Report No. 006


Firstly apologies that the blog hasn't been updated in a while. You know how it is fending off wild alpacas and things.

This is an attempt at basically writing up a report of our various tasting sessions that are run here in the shop. If you're unable to make it, are currently feeling the pinch or simply don't like people, this'll give you a chance to get an idea of what some of our beers taste like, and what I, and my venerable Tasting Session and Home Brew Club attendees think of the beers.

So, this report is from what I've dubbed a three course beer meal. The idea was to put together three beers that would represent the three courses of a, y'know, meal. It's not rocket science.

We started off with fairly low ABV Pale Ale, which was actually gluten free too. Then we moved on to an Amber and rounded things off with a pretty strong Scotch Ale.

For those who don't know, for tasting sessions, I usually pick beers I've never tried before. Thus, when it comes to tasting notes, I pull 'em from the net. This usually leaves room for hilarity and nonsense. I try and assimilate a wide variety of notes about each aspect of the beer, and some stupid ones too. All genuine notes made by the good people who use ratebeer and untappd. My favourite is a toss up between 'tastes like gravel' and 'smells like cobwebs.'

reparationsbajer to ol brew bristol

To Øl – Reperationsbajer 5.8%

Aroma: Citrus, pine, orange, spice, grapefruit

Flavour: Lime, grapefruit, citrus, pine

Palate: Bitter, balanced

This was our first course. It was super bitter with a hell of a lot of flavour. The aroma was great. As with everything in this session, sadly, or not, I can't decide, we found the tasting notes bang on. To Øl is a regular on our tasting sessions and rarely lets us down. Especially as a gluten free beer I was pretty blown away. All round, we liked this one and would certainly recommend.

Evil twin hop flood brew bristol

Evil Twin – Hop Flood 7.0%

Aroma: Dark fruit, wood, date, honey,

Flavour: Sweet malt, dank, red fruit, caramel, date, honey,

Palate: Medium body, bitter finish, sticky

This brew was not what I was expecting what so ever. I was anticipating a kind of regular Amber, mellow, loads of soft caramel and biscuit. What I got was an explosion of harsh, yet balanced, boozy aroma with a metric f**k tonne of every heavy flavour assaulting my taste buds. It was astoundingly good. Tastes a whole load stronger than it's 7% and smells even stronger than that! Honestly, it's such a damn good beer! Again the tasting notes were spot on, including that stickiness!

tempest old parochial brew bristol

Tempest – Old Parochial 10.0%

Aroma: Candy, sweet malt, chocolate, woody, vanilla, red fruit

Flavour: Honey, caramel, butterscotch, molasses, toast, coffee

Palate: Oily, thick, boozy, creamy

Well, well, well. I do happen to like me a Scotch Ale. I think this was my favourite of the three, but I'll admit I believe the others preferred the other two in equal measures, although they all got the thumbs up. This was exactly what you would expect from a Scotch Ale, big, boozy and super flavoursome. You can taste that 10%, it's warming and beautiful. Ever so beautiful. You can take this apart in layers and get every one of those flavours and aromas listed.

I can recommend each of these beers! Although perhaps don't drink the Old Parochial straight after the Hop Flood. Those became a little over powering flavour wise one after the other. Definitely worth a try, all three!



Spring Brew Challenge

It's Spring(ish) and time for our quarterly brewing challenge at Home Brew Club.

This season we're giving you near free reign. Brew a pale beer. The caveat is that it must be a sessionable beer. Sub 3.5% So, the more English definition of a session beer. That's it! Brew one (or more) 3.5% or less pale beer.

You got until June-ish kinda time. We'll announce the presentation date closer to the time.

Now. Some of you may be rolling your eyes going “ooooh that's booooring.” But we would like to remind you that this is a challenge! Brewing something that is actually tasty at that percentage isn't always easy! So we want good flavours but something that can be drunk all day long in the not-quite-summery sun shine.

This is just one example we have in stock at the moment;

kernel table beer brew bristol

Kernel - Table Beer


The Kernel are London based. I quite like writing about The Kernel, because they're not exactly up front about handing out information about themselves and their beer. IF you've ever seen one of their bottles you'll know what I'm talking about. I've lifted this from their website; "The brewery springs from the need to have more good beer. Beer deserving of a certain attention. Beer that forces you to confront and consider what you are drinking. Upfront hops, lingering bitternesses, warming alcohols, bodies of malt. Lengths and depths of flavour. We make Pale Ales, India Pale Ales and old school London Porters and Stouts towards these ends. Bottled alive, to give them time to grow." Bascially, I think they want you to think for your self when it comes to their beer.


Table beer or Sessionable IPA. Or just a pale/IPA (See above note about their lack of info giving.)

Basically pale in colour, and low in ABV.


Aroma: Pineapple, grapefruit, mandarin, earthy, herbal, pine, apricot, mango, citrus.

Taste: Basically the same as above.

Palate: Med carbonation, light body, medium bitterness.


ABV: 3.2%

ML: 500

£: 3.95

Tryanuary – Week 4

It's our fourth and final #tryanuary extravaganza this week! I do hope you've all been enjoying your month of trying new things. Not only have we introduced you to 9 new beers, breweries or beer styles thus far, we have chatted about the brewing and bar scene in Bristol, not to mention the concept behind tryanuary itself.

I don't have much more to add to all that this week except to urge to to continue to try new things in the world of beer. Don't get stuck in one style, or only drinking one brewery. If you think keg beer is oh so wrong, give it a try. If you look down your nose at canned beer; give. It. A. Try.

There's so much more to beer than you may have thought at first, from Geuze to California Common, or from Triple IPA to Imperial Russian Stout, there will be something out there for you!

Week 4

wild beer madness ipa

Wild Beer – Madness IPA


Wild Beer are local-ish. They're based over in Shepton Mallet-ish. Basically out in the wilds of Somerset. Surprisingly, I'm sure, they make 'wild beer.' They use wild yeast, that's their speciality, and they do an awful lot of crazy stuff. Although they also have a more moderate core range too. They've recently opened up their own bar in Cheltenham, which is surely worth a visit, although I'm yet to get over there myself yet.


This is an IPA which we went over in one of the previous weeks. India Pale Ale. Light, hoppy and pretty darned punchy.

In reality it's not a particularly big challenge of a beer this, style wise. But this suggestion is more about trying the brewery, and branching out in to their more Wild beers. This one is a good starting point, being more of their more 'straight' beers.


Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, citrus, peach, mango

Taste: Orange, peach, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel

Palate: Balanced, good bitterness

Overall; A well executed straight up IPA with a good hoppy punch.

ABV: 6.8%

ML: 330

£: 3.20

jolly pumpkin luciernaga

Jolly Pumpkin - Luciérnaga


These guys make crazy beer, and having had a looksee at their website, it seems they may also be equally crazy. Which is certainly not criticism!

While I advise taking a look about their website for info, the American brewery makes weird and quirky beers. Many, if not all, are barrel aged. We have a selection of Belgian style barrel aged soured beers (not Lambics) and barrel aged saisons in stock. All of which look fascinating, and the one I've actually tried so far, I was blown away by.


So, Jolly Pumpkin don't really assign their beers a specific style according to the BJCP guidelines, or whatever. Ratebeer has the Luciernaga down as a Belgian Ale. This is pretty ambiguous seeing as in the new BJCP guide there are 6 sub categories for Belgian Ale or Strong Belgian Ale, and a a further four for Trappist (Which doesn't have to be Belgian, and is most definitely different, but the styles; Dubble, Tripel etc are often replicated without the provenance of being Trappist.)

Rather than assign this beer a style that I think is correct, and run the risk of being wrong, I'm just going to state that it's pale, with the fruity-spicy traits of Belgian yeast, some grainy sweet malt flavour, and some fruit aroma.

This is also claimed to be in the Grand Cru tradition, which mostly means it's a limited run, a special version, or a higher quality version. With respects to beer, think more complex primarily.


This beer is spiced with coriander and grains of paradise.

Aroma: Citrus, funky, earthy, floral, orange, coriander

Taste: Coriander, wheaty, white wine, grainy, funk,

Palate: Tart, dry, sour and hoppy

Overall; A pretty complex, lightly tart or sour Belgian style blond or golden ale with spices and all the god stuff.

ABV: 6.5%

ML: ~750

£: 18.75

kernel imperial brown stout

The Kernel – Imperial Brown Stout


I have a lot of respect for The Kernel. Although I've not visited their brewery, they give the impression they're all about the beer. Screw fancy labels, gimmicks and fireworks. They make good beer, packaged honestly, with annoyingly short use by dates on them to ensure that the beer is in the best condition when it's drunk. Their no nonsense website give a tiny bio to that effect, and little to no information about them or their beer otherwise. It's almost as if they want you to drink the beer before making up your own mind. Novel eh?


Imperial Brown Stout.

One of The Kernel's things is using historical recipes. This is such a one. Essentially it is a forerunner to the Imperial Russian Stout (Russian Imperial Stout?) It's still black in colour, but is a little more easy going on the tongue, more rounded and a bit softer flavour-wise.


Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, ash, plum, liquorice, caramel, pine

Taste: Roasty, hint of sweetness, chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, red fruit

Palate: Medium body, creamy, oily

Overall; An excellent version of an Imperial Stout, which is made super easy drinking due to the creamy texture and complex taste. Somewhat dangerous at the ABV!

ABV: 9.9%

ML: 330

£: 6.00

We're offering you these three beers, if you buy 'em together, for an impressive 15% off the usual price, £23.76 for the lot. You'll be able to try three new beers or beer styles at a beautiful Tryanuary discount.

All four weeks worth of special offers will be available (subject to availability) until the end of the month.

Get involved using the #Tryanuary tag! Photograph your beers, tweet them, facebook them. Tell people you're trying something new, let them know what you think (even if you hate it! At least your giving something new a chance huh?) Get us in on the conversation using @Brew_Bristol on twitter, or post something to our facebook page.