10/10 Wow! This is the top end of beer! Soft golden brown in colour and it has a really soft, velvety texture with a fluffy white head.  It tastes really hoppy and maybe a bit syrupy.  The best thing is its on offer in Lidl. Amazing!!  The box is only £7 in Lidl. Each bottle… Read more »

Sorachi Soison

9/10 Adnams brewery are doing some brilliant IPA’s for M&S at the moment. This is probably the best beer I’ve bought from them. Fantastic! Powerful taste with a whopping mouthful of citrus and orange peel with a bit of spice. It’s smooth like a Belgium beer, just glides over the tongue. Such a small bottle…. Read more »

Bangal Lancer

9/10 Very, very smooth Indian Pale Ale. Now these normally bring a big citrus punch (which I also like) but this is a silky beer.  You can still taste the hops but there isn’t as much “tang” as with other IPAs.  Inspired by the Bengal Lancer cavalry regiments during the time of the British Empire. … Read more »

Leffe Rituel 9•

10/10 Behold! This is the best type of Leffe I’ve tasted. It’s a full, rich beer. You almost feel like you need to chew it!  I was lucky enough to be given it after a friend did a booze run to France.  I really like Leffe anyway. It’s a slightly tamer Belgium beer than the… Read more »

Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

9/10 Fantastic.  This beer was brought back from Spain by a friend of mine. It is the beer that the people of Southern Spain are most proud of. And it’s easy to see why.  This Grand Reserve version of Cruzcampo is a lot maltier than the standard bottle. It’s a rich, golden brown colour with… Read more »


9/10 A fantastic Getman wheat beer. This is on par with Erdinger (which is more widely available in the UK).  Nice and cloudy, as a good wheat beer should be. Not overly sweet like some other wheat beers (hoegarden etc) and what a brilliant name: “scoffer-hofer”!  They sell it in M&S. Go fetch! 5%

Fullers 1845

9/10 Strong beer with a warm malty finish. Awesome stuff. 6.5%  

Shepherd Neame 1698

9/10 Wow! This is a great beer. Strong, smooth and malty. Quite a warm, reddy brown colour. Great stuff! It’s a bottle conditioned beer, which means that it has a bit of yeast in the bottle so that it continues to ferment – just like real ale does in the cask. There are only a few… Read more »


8/10 Full bodied, malty. Really smooth beer. Now one of my favourites. Nice! Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker was CAMRA champion beer of Britain 2014. Originally brewed in the 1930s as a best bitter to quench the thirst of Yorkshire’s miners.

Hoegaarden Grand Cru

9/10 OMG! What a surprise! I thought I’d give this a try as I like the normal wheat beer by the same brewery. This is actually a full bodied blonde beer but still hazy in look. It tastes amazing! Maybe a bit of vanilla and citrus in there. I need more of this…! 8.5%

Chimay Triple (white)

9/10 Very nice triple strength blonde beer from Belgium. Lovely! The Chimay brewery are only of less than a dozen that produce trappist beer (which I love!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimay_Brewery

  • Vital IPA

    6/10 A strong and hoppy Indian pale ale. Brewed with American hops and German malts.  Quite nice but a bit tangy.  6.5%

  • Santa Paws

    4/10 A Christmas scotch ale from Brewdog. It’s dark and sweet. Not bad! But I prefer my Christmas beers with a bit more fruit and spice. 4.5%

  • Fire Rock

    7/10 Right that’s it… Kona are going on my favourite brewery list. Every one of their beers I’ve tried has been great.  They’re all light, refreshing with a slight malty aftertaste.  This pale ale is no exception. It just has more of the malt, more richness.  Active volcanoes on the Big Island on Hawaii leave… Read more »

  • Nor’hop

    9/10 Well I’ve had my fair share of bottle conditioned beers, but this was my first can contitioned one! Yes that’s right, final fermentation in a can. Live yeast in there doin their magic. Wonderful.  Highly sessionsble ultra pale ale balancing rich British floor malts with citrusy northern hemisphere hops. Humbly awesome.  Nice and pale… Read more »

  • Fionnabhair 

    6/10 Irish white beer. Pretty tasty but doesn’t stand up against its Belgian cousins.  Wheat beer is usually quite cloudly. This had a slight fog to it but looked lighter than expected.  The orange and coriander flavours were there though. Very nice.  5%

  • Easy IPA

    7/10 A session IPA from the Flying Dog brewery in England. This is an easy going IPA. Quite refreshing and light with a good hoppy taste to it. I had this whilst taking down the Christmas Tree. Always a sad time but at least I’ve got a good beer here to see me through. Bring… Read more »

  • Sea to sea lager

    6/10 Crisp and refreshing lager.  Unfiltered and not too gassy.  All lager should be like this.  4%

  • Castaway IPA

    6/10 Another fantastic beer from the Kona Brewing Company. Liquid aloha! You definitely feel like you’re somewhere exotic with the sun on your face whilst drinking their beers.  Seriously, if you’re looking for a new brewery to stock up your fridge with then I highly recommend Kona. Each one I’ve had (all different styles) have… Read more »

  • Red Rye IPA

    6/10 I needed this! Long day and work and the kids are loooooud.   Beer to the rescue! A full bodied mouthfeel with hints of passion fruit and peaches, with notes of pine and citrus fruits A really tasty red ale. Bittersweet after taste with a slight hint of fruit.  4.7%