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    Thumbs up The Hexus good Ale guide

    A chance for our ale supping members to rate and recommend good ales to the general membership.


    Today I'm drinking Badger 'Poacher's Choice'. Good strength at 5.7%, fuity, a bit heavy but very smooth. A real taste of autumn in this one, slightly earthy, soft fruits, warm and deeply satisfying. Great late evening in front of a roaring fire.

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    just had a bottle of hobgoblin, 5.2%

    also a little heavy but full of autumn flavour, its a ruby ale and rather nice

    fruity, didn't taste the toffee unless thats the heavy side of it?

    http://www.hobgoblinbeer.com/ 7/10
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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Hobgoblin's an old fave

    Now onto some St Peter's Ruby Red Ale. At 4.3% a lighter taste, but a good strong deep chocolatey yeasty flavour and a good bitter after taste. Not quite as suppable as Poacher's Choice or Hobgoblin, but would be nice with a BBQ or sunday roast. And it's a good local (to me anyway @ Bungay Suffolk) brew
    http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/


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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    fek man im pissed now

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    the wife likes poacher's choice a lot. we both like hobgoblin

    been drinking a fair bit of Young's lately.

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Hobgoblins great!

    I live close to the brewery so you have to support your local ale's!


    I had a Brakspeare Oxford gold the other day: 4.2%, golden in colour. Really easy to drink and its great to just sip. hoppy taste.


    I'm kind of new to the ale scene, especially given my age too, but i really do enjoy a proper drink

    Just found out that i missed an ale festival near uni after moving up too

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    My local Green King (and my actual local as well) has a rather nice speciality ale on at the moment called Bonker Conkers.

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerboyce View Post
    I live close to the brewery so you have to support your local ale's!
    You live close to Wychwood then?
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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    oh, another one she likes is marshmallow, from oxfordshire brewery (bicester)

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Had beer of the year last night - Severn Sins I think it was called. Quite flavoursome, 5.2% I think it was.
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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    the wife likes poacher's choice a lot. we both like hobgoblin

    been drinking a fair bit of Young's lately.
    Young's is nowhere as good as it used to be when it was made with Wandle water!
    Not around too often!

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Well since it's the beer festival up that way soon, Nottingham Castle Rock's Harvest Pale is always a welcome pint.
    Whitstable Brewery's wheat beer is also quite spectacular (if you can find any).

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Both fo these I've only ever had in bottles, but still worth a look...

    Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted is one of my favourites at the moment.

    The Meantime beers are usually worth a look as well - had a bit of their London Stout at the weekend which was pretty good.

    I've only ever spotted either of these in Sainsburys though

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Thwaites Lancaster Bomber has to show here. It's stunning, but quite easy drinking.

    But Okells MacLir from Tumble's fair isle, the Isle of Man must stand out as one of the worlds finest beers, ever. ever. It's edgy, cunning on your tongue, confusing for a few seconds after you've swallowed, and devilishly needy. it NEEDS to be saved but NEEDS to be drunk. I love it and miss it in equal measure.

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    for a nice easy to drink pint imo it's hard to beat Deuchars IPA.

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Quote Originally Posted by BUFF View Post
    for a nice easy to drink pint imo it's hard to beat Deuchars IPA.
    Have to agree, I had a few tasty pints of this on Saturday in the Jolly Gardener in Putney to wash away the Fulham losing blues!
    Not around too often!

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    Re: The Hexus good Ale guide

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerboyce View Post
    you have to support your local ale's!
    Indeed! I buy all mine from the local farm that specialises in growing the barley. It's all malted 3 mile away from here too.

    AND... it's live ale. None of that parsturised supermarket stuff.

    http://www.therealaleshop.co.uk/

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