Liverpool Craft Love lane

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So today we continue our look at the beers of Liverpool Craft beer, this follows on from the highest rated beer we’ve ever reviewed (here) and surprisingly our lowest ever (here), both of which come from this brewery. i’ve also said that this is my one of my favourite brewerys in liverpool, that being said though we dont have too many brewiers up here on the banks of the mersey. this beer has often become my default beer in my local and something i recommend everyone try.

Vital stats:

  • pale ale
  • brewed in Liverpool, England
  • 4.5% APV
  • drank on draft from the grapes liverpool

Looks:

in the glass this beer was golden and very active, almost as active as a five year old hopped up on artifical colours, it also had a bold and bombastic two finger head that clunge tot he glass for dear life throughout the life of this beer.

8/10

Aroma:

This beer also delivers on the nostril, it was bold, packed full of citrus and incredibly hoppy.

8/10

Taste:

To say i like this beer would not be doing it justice, when i first had it it quickly entered my top 10 and may have rekindled my love for the pale ale. the flavour of this beer explodes in the mouth with just the right hit of bitterness.

I love this beer. Its one of my go to beers.

8/10

Value:

This beer get a solid buy from me, i bought it, i enjoyed it and would happily buy it again.

9/10

Session:

This is a great session beer, ive been known to drink it all night with zero problems. i also recommend it to who ever will listen.

9/10

In conclusion this is a solid beer from Liverpool craft. it looks fantastic, is great on the noise, delivers on the flavour and you can drink it all night long. yes i did just do that. i naturally consider it great value for money and would highly recomend it to anyone who will listen.

84/100

Craft Liverpool rye pale ale

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So we continue our look at the beers of the Liverpool craft brewery, after the truly stellar beer that was their west coast pale ale (review) comes their Rye pale ale. To say these two contrast would be a huge understatement, im a fan of the rye pale ale, i actively seek it out and have been trying to review as many of them as possible recently but this left we with a bitter taste in my mouth.

Vital stats:

  • brewed in liverpool
  • a rye pale ale
  • available in Keg/Cask/Bottle
  • bought at brewdog liverpool
Look:
this beer was cloudly and looked like apple juice in the glass, it also had no head to speak of and it was very flat. if im honest ive made homebrew that looked quite similiar, but i am adversed to filtering my beer as i like to bottle ferment. this beer was not bottle fermented so they cant even use that as an excuse for this horrid looking beer. this looks more a kin to a glass of scrummpy than a pale ale.
 3/10
Aroma:
delivered nothing, so i have nothing to say.
1/10
Taste:
on the tongue though this does at least offer something, you do get a kick of rye and a hit of citrus but not much, shame there both buried quite deep down. im really struggling with this beer im not going to lie, im trying so hard to find things to say.
3/10
Value:
As i said in my previous review i consider Liverpool craft to be one  of my top brewerys and this beer is just a shame, they make two of my favourite beers (more on the second later), if i see one of their beers on tap im likely to pick it up but i can honestly say i didnt enjoy this beer in any way, sure i can find some good things to say, if i look hard enough and believe me im looking pretty damn hard because i dont want this to be true but i cant recommend this to anyone.
2/10
Session:
to top it off the Flavour of this beer doesn’t travel too well, the more you drink the more bitter it becomes, perhaps its feeding the bitterness in my soul but each mouthful of this was worse than the last.
2/10
this beer was a huge disappontment for me especially as their last beer was so great and the beer to come is one of my go to beers. this looked like homemade cider only without any real aroma. what little taste their was bitter and overpowering, all of these factors mean that this isnt good value for money and i cant call this a very good session beer. a true shame.
22/100

Liverpool craft West coast pale ale

IMG_0622After last weeks bevy of Brewdog beers i’ll be taking a look at some beers closer to home, we’ll be looking at Liverpool craft beer company’s beers, this review is for West coast pale ale and as a little preview this has become one of my favourite beers to enjoy in sunny liverpool.

Vital stats:

  • brewed in Liverpool
  • comes in 330ml bottles
  • californian pale ale
  • 6.2% APV

Looks:

this beer comes in a a 330ml bottle with a simple green and white label, it was was incredibly lively in the glass, when i poured this out i guestimate it was 90% head, lovely frothy white head. when i got the head down to a resonable size the beer was cloudy and toffee in colour.

9/10

Aroma:

something has changed for me in recent months, i seem to be craving hops, wonderful bitter hops and when i put this to my nose thats exactly what i got, beautiful hops with a little citrus thrown in for good measure. it was very yeasty yet also inviting even if it did make the eyes water slightly.

9/10

Taste:

this is a beer full of bold flavours, its very hoppy and yeasty, perfect for the beer garden if you ask me. despite this big bold flavour its still somewhat delicate on the tongue, although its big on flavour its quite quick to disapate, it gives you just enough to want more and never overstays its welcome.

9/10

Value:

i personally think this is fantastic value for money, especially at this time of year. there is a link between the weather and beer if you ask me, a beautiful sunny day does so much to improve your over all mood that its not hard to assume that it also improves what ever your drinking, this is why you’ll think estrella is the best larger ever when your drinking it on a beach in Spain but even the most beautiful beer can be a truly miserable experience if your cold and wet. i’ve tried this beer alot and each time ive love it, in winter ive even been known to use this to remind me of sunnier climates.

9/10

Session:

this is a great session beer, honestly i cant say enough good things about this beer. ive had it alot, ive had one at the end of the day and several in a day session with friends. i love it and would recommend it to you all over and over again.

9/10

this could be the highest rated beer we’ve ever done had on all hail the ale and obvisoulsy its hit all areas for me.  its starts by looking great, follows this by hoppy and lively aroma and follows this with powerful hoppy goodness that i’ve come to love, because it delivers in all areas naturally its great value for money and honestly i could drink hundreds of these without ever getting bored. it deserves such a great score and i recommend it to everyone who will listen.

90/100

Black cab stout: The review

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so i continue with my exploration of “craft beers” you can easily buy in your local supermarket, i personally think this is important because for most people this is how they will be introduced to something other than mass market larger, its the wife test, you can say “hey babe”, i fancy trying a couple of these bottles, this is the easiest way for people to be exposed to what we would call real ales. soon i shall run out of these beers, which i personally think is a shame, its one of my pet peeves, that although the supermarkets in the UK do support real ales they don’t switch out the variety very often, meaning that they just become part of the range like fosters or another glass of mediocrity that can be easily purchased. i hope to when I’m finish to publish a something like “my supermarket beer guide”, sadly this beer wouldn’t make my must have list.

Vital stats:

Look:

it was as black as my ex girlfriends heart, as Black as the nights sky, it was so black i felt it sucking in my very soul, it had no head to speak of and was something closer to pepsi or coke

4

Aroma:

Nothing.

1

Taste:

it was very malty and by very malty i mean maltyyyyyy, it also tasted a little over proofed in that the alcohol could clearly be tasted throughout. very off putting.

2

Value:

can be brought in my local Morrisons at a fairly cheap price, although its cheap sadly the off putting taste means that i don’t consider it value for money.

2

Session

i currently have another bottle of this beer sitting in the fridge but i don’t want to drink it, there you have people, i have alcohol that i don’t wish to drink and i think thats all you need to know.

1

this was a largely disappointing beer, it looked poor, had zero aroma, a lacklustre taste that just didn’t want me trying  second, not much to say here avoid were ever possible.

20/100

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Why we have two budweisers

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Budweiser is everywhere at the moment, i have no doubt its because of that truly awful Super Bowl advert, Myself and Martin wrote very long piece in regards to that (here), so I’m not going to retread old ground here, One of the points i brought up there was the fact that we have two companies with a claim to Budweiser name and that somehow i know the reason for that, so i thought that because I’m desperately avoiding doing any actual work at the moment i would explain that process to you.

So last year Anheuser-busch was awarded the trademark for Bud here in europe (here), i know because i read about it and several other things that day, I also wrote about it because i have no real life, It was quite a controversial claim because despite what budweiser would have you believe they are not the only producers of beer in the world, They were not the first producers of beer and they just plum stole the recipe for Budweiser for the czech republic district of Budvar. A very similar beer to modern day Budweiser has been produced and consumed in this part of the world since 1265, Now for those of you who saw that good damn awful bud advert you no doubt aware that they have been brewing beer since 1879. i’m going to spell this out for lots of people, that means Budvar is several hundred years older than budweiser, yet somehow it ended up being made in America.

The answer to why this is down to a strange quirk in early american copyright laws, i want to get one thing straight, Anheuser-busch did steal the recipe from Budvar by modern day standards, They went to the area (then part of austria-Hungary), They tasted it and took it back to America, Now the people weren’t nessacaryily happy about this but had no real recourse, this is down to copyright or lack there of as the case may be. the distance between the two helps but this stopped being an issue sometime later, the world is a lot smaller than it used it be.

Following the American war of independence there was very little economic or cultural power in america, they naturally hid this lack of anything with an open door immigration policy and successive wars because nothing makes money quite like killing a bunch of people. one of the ways the government tried to speed up cultural growth was through very lax copyright laws, and by lax i off course mean non existent. the way the law was applied was justly, if your product was manufactured in america then it was entitled to full copyright protection, if it was not manufactured there then nothing, this meant that many american companies just plain copied their international forebears, this copying was so prolific that many pieces of china from this time are manufactured in America rather than china, this is something antique dealers are very aware of, if your one of those people that watches Antiques roadshow they references this on a couple of occasions, so Budweiser is a shameless rip off and its not until the 20th century with the advent of the internet that many of us knew, so we have two budweisers, original ok budweiser and the headache in a bottle budweiser that we have all grown to hate and its all thanks to a quirk of copyright.

i’m just going to let that sink in for a moment, the reason america is such a cultural powerhouse is down to them having no copyright, the country most obsessed with copyright only got into the place to bully others about copyright was by ignoring others, so why didn’t we fix it when america started recognising foreign brands, the answer to that is a another simple one, The Soviet Union, when the world was asked to choose between the soviets or the americans most of western europe choose the americans and as a result they favoured american brands over soviet ones. this insured that any claim by Budvar would go largely unnoticed within the European union, fast forward to today and budweisers huge advertising budget has insured that they are the only bud in many peoples eyes and thats a shame for many reason, Money really can grow a brand better than actual handwork i guess.

Newcastle brown ale: The review

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so with the news that newcastle brown, newcey or dog as it has come to be affectionally known over the years, is to change its recipe to appease it large american audience i thought i would give it a quick review before its changed forever, that was sensationalism for the uninitiated. i personally don’t think it will make any difference to the taste but i am fond of a nice newcy, its one of my go to beers in my local and i think you can imagine it will score a very reasonable score as a result.

Vital stats

Look

it was dark caramel in colour with a large white head that refused to let me fill the glass, the more i put in the more the head would fight me, it held for much of the pint and i consider it quite the sight to behold.

8

Aroma

it had the slightest hint of Caramel but was lacking anything else i could get hold of.

4

Taste

it was quite neutral in tone with slightly bitter aftertaste, much like a politician this will not offend the pallet but wont excite it either, it does exactly what its needs to and i think we need more solid drinkable beers of this nature. it was very indiscreet with a caramel taste throughout, i know this will come across as controversial but i really do like it.

8

Value

a solid beer that can be bought anywhere, your local supermarket, your local pub and i would guess in many ways your local bespoke beer shop, its a favourite for many people, including this reviewer.

8

Session

that indiscreet taste makes this a perfect session beer, you can drink these again and again and get the same level of enjoyment from them, there also quite strong so they’ll get you to were you need to be very quickly if you get what I’m saying.

8

so this is one of my go to beer and as a result its gets a very sold score of 72, it looks like something you can drink, its has a robust neutral flavour that travels well, its good value and an excellent session beer that can be enjoyed over an afternoon or the day, sadly it failed int he aroma department but this is not enough to soil a rather solid drinkable beer.

72/100

Guiness West Indies porter: The review

so Guinness recently surprised us all by announcing two new beers that they claim came from the archives of their illustrious past. they made lots of claims in this advert that i personally think are dubious at best, that is a post for another day and more than likely i’ll do it by the end of the week. this was a decidedly middle of the road porter and is far from what i have come to expect from this brewery, Guinness is my go to beer after all. i have my suspicions that these beers are just left overs from the Guinness process that they used their marketing clout to tell us they are amazing.

Vital stats:

Look:

this was black, as black as my cold dead heart that had been coloured in with permanent marker. there was no head and none of that nitrogen based goodness that you’ve come to expect from Guinness, know i now some of you aren’t a fan of it but honestly i like the event like nature of drinking a Guinness, i am somewhat disappointed by this if I’m honest.

6

Aroma:

i got a good hit of roasted malt. somewhat warming with the slightest hints of toffee.

7

Taste:

i got roasted malts, some slight carbonation with overtones of both toffee and chocolate. Guinness now how to make a solid beer at times, surprisingly not as bad as the advert would lead me to believe.

8

Value:

this can be had pretty much everywhere, it is made by one of the most recognisable breweries in the world but it think thats a shame because that shelf space could be given to some of the smaller brewers in this land and help them get more customers and ill always support more diversity

6

Session:

despite this tasting surprisingly good it wasn’t a very good session beer, its flavour becomes quite overpowering over time and quite off putting after the second bottle.

6

this was a surprisingly solid beer, not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination but solid, less than i was expecting from guiness. it failed in the looks department but delivered a one, two punch in both the aroma and taste department, it can be found in most places and is fairly cheap but this isn’t a beer i can see my self sitting in the beer garden drinking this all day long, its not even a beer to sit in front of the fire and contemplate, its something you will try and never think about ever again. a decidedly middle of the road effort from Guinness.

66/100