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Friday, 18 July 2014

2014 NNR Beer Festival Beer List and Tasting Notes

The 13th North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival

The 13th North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival

The 13th North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival Tasting Notes

A listing of all the ales on offer, along with tasting notes, for the 13th North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival. Excellent selection from across the UK. Music from the King Size Papas, Mista Splinta and Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo. Hog Roast. Steam trains. Some great walks around the area. What else could anyone want.

Name Tasting Notes Rating
1648 Lewes Sussex
Lammas Ale (4.2%) Clear amber, celebrating the first harvest with the addition of malted wheat. July - September.
Acorn Barnsley Yorks
Summer Pale Ale (4.1%) Clear light straw coloured wheet beer with slight bitterness and floral aroma
Sun Storm (4.5%) pale straw coloured beer brewed using Galaxy and Warrior hops.
B & T Shefford Beds
Hitch Old Dark (4.8%) No notes
Box Steam Trowbridge Wilts
Golden Bolt (3.8%) A pale golden straw colour on pour with a light body. Very lightly carbonated the pale golden ale had a malty bready nature to the taste with a hint of hoppy bitterness on first taste.
Soul Train (4.7%) a light, hoppy beer with added soul
Brandon Brandon Suffolk
Gun Flint (4.2%) Brandon
Grumpy Bastard (4.5%) Premium Bitter, bursting with crystal malt & fruity hop flavours.
Browns Ales Chesterfield Derbys
Dusk Til Dawn (4.1%) Light brown, light fruity character, light brown malts, touch of fruit, a bit thin and the malts in particular are weak but I like the splash of fruit.
Noah (4.5%) No notes
Buntingford Royston Herts
Twitchell (3.8%) golden fruity bitter with a floral aroma and malty / hoppy aftertaste. Brewed with Maris Otter pale and wheat malts, and English Goldings hops, plus Cascade hops from the USA.
Junga (4.0%) Golden ale brewed with Junga hops
Hurricane (4.3%) A best bitter with a malty toffee character and a pleasant refreshing fruity bitterness. Brewed with Maris Otter pale ale malt, crystal malt, and English Phoenix & First Gold hops.
Cliff Quay / Earl Soham Earl Soham Suffolk
Gannet Mild (3.3%) Dark , fuggley and can be slightly sweet. Brewed using pale malt, crystal malt, and black malt, and only Fuggles hops.
Full Steam Ahead (4.1%) a gloriously hoppy very pale ale. Brewed with extra pale malt and wheat malt and triple hopped with English and American hops. A delicate malty slightly grainy flavour is the background to a profusion of hops flavour and aroma, though not excessive bitterness.
Sir Rogers Porter (4.2%) Black, full bodied and can be sweet. Brewed using pale malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt, and roasted barley, with mostly Fuggles hops and a few Goldings.
Cotleigh Wiveliscombe Summerset
Anniversary Ipa (3.9%) Brewed to celebrate Cotleigh's 35th Anniversary (1979-2014). The aroma is a medley of summer fruits emanating from the New Zealand Motueka hops and the taste is a zesty hop punch that you would expect from a traditional IPA.
Osprey (5.0%) Rich in flavour, this strong ale is always welcomed when it returns to the pumps. Osprey Strong Ale is described as a 'strong golden coloured bitter which is clean and refreshing with a generous, well hopped bitterness'
Dancing Men Happisburgh Norfolk
After The Storm (3.8%) No notes
Well Red (3.9%) No notes
Red Headed League (4.7%) No notes
Dukeries Worksop Notts
Blonde (3.8%) Amber Well Balanced Session Ale
Ray Of Sunshine (4.2%) Light Golden in Colour, strong citrus flavours throughout. A very easy drinking refreshing summer ale.
Elliswood Hinkley Leics
Just One More (4.2%) A lovely citrus flavour finely balanced with soft blackcurrant and grapefruit notes.
Nelsons Right Arm (4.5%) Our outstanding Autumn ale with heavy hints of Autumn fruits, spicy blackberry and a fresh, heady aroma.
Empire Huddersfield Yorks
Strikes Back (4.0%) A pale golden bitter with a hoppy aroma and good hop and malt balance, with a fruity citrussy flavour. Very light on the palate and a good session beer
Rye P A (4.3%) a rye malt IPA
Atlas (4.3%) No notes
Fox Heacham Norfolk
Heacham Gold (3.9%) A pale yellow beer with a surprisingly malty nose. The sweetish taste is also malty yet quickly becomes crisp and lightly citrus. Bittersweet, lemony, lingering malt finish.
Casdorado (4.2%) No notes
Best Bitter (4.2%) No notes
Patriot Ale (4.8%) No notes
Beeline (4.8%) No notes
Fuzzy Duck Poulton-le-Fylde Lancs
Mucky Duck (4.0%) Dark stout, slightly sweet with chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt
Pheasant Plucker (4.2%) Amber beer with a slightly spicy taste and a citrus finish from the late addition of Cascade hops
Green Jack Lowestoft Suffolk
Golden Best (3.8%) Golden Best first brewed in 2012 , this beer is brewed with Flagon pale ale malt grown and malted in Norfolk. A golden bitter ale with great aroma, crisp bitterness, balanced malt and a hoppy finish. A most refreshing beer!
Trawlerboys Best (4.6%) Trawlerboys Best Bitter, is a Full-bodied and a copper-coloured premium bitter brewed with English whole cone hops,rich and malty with fruity hop flavours. This Best Bitter has been named after the nickname of Lowestoft Town Football Club as Green Jacks new flagship brewery is opposite Lowestoft’s Crown Meadow stadium. The pump clip features Lowestoft built (1978) stern trawler the Boston Sea Stallion launched by none other than Mrs Thatcher.
Hambleton Ripon Notts
Saddlesore (4.0%) A golden summer ale that packs a citrus punch from a combination of New Zealand and American hops.
Stud (4.3%) This wonderfully smooth drinking beer began life as an ‘Autumn Special’ but immediately became the most popular special we have ever produced. Straw coloured, the aroma hops give a delicacy and subtlety to the robust full-bodied flavour. Voted “Best Beer of the Festival” at the Richmond and Dales CAMRA Festival October 2004.
Hanlons Newton St Cyres Devon
Copper Glow (4.2%) This ale has a beautiful burnished copper colour with a light bitterness and and a hint of toffee aroma. The malty fruity taste combine with the definite perfume of rich roast barley. Phoenix, Williamette and Cluster combine in this complex ale.
Stormstay (5.0%) Dark amber to copper in colour with a toffee and floral hop nose and hints of tangerine. Malt caramel and biscuit nestle with the three aroma hops, Phoenix, Styrian Goldings and Cascade. Late hopping with citrusy Cascade cuts through the alcohol sweetness.
Highland Brewing Co Orkney Orkney
Orkney Best (3.6%) soft malt with a fruity hoppy middle, drier hop in the finish which lingers pleasantly.
Scapa Special (4.2%) soft nutty maltiness with accessible hoppiness. The middle is balanced, leading to a long malt hop finish, which the hops eventually win. Their fresh green notes coming through with hints of fruit esters. It becomes drier and “cleaner” drinking with longer venting.
Hopshackle Market Deeping Lincs
Simmarillo (3.8%) A burnished gold coloured beer with an aroma of citrus and soft fruits . The taste is tangy fruit with blackberry , plum and pineapple
Ballast (3.8%) A golden beer with intense citrus, passion fruit and pear flavours with a dry bitter finish
Humopulus (4.3%) No notes
Humpty Dumpty Reedham Norfolk
Reedham Gold (3.6%) Very pale & hoppy session ale
Humpty Dumpty Ale (4.1%) Amber coloured bitter with a predominantly fruity nose; initial sweetness fades to leave a long dry finish
Reedcutter (4.4%) Well balanced golden ale with a bitter sweet finish
Jolly Marketeer (3.8%) No notes
Ilkley Ilkley Yorks
Marie Jaune (4.5%) Brewed with specially sourced French hops and French yeast, Marie Jaune is a light refreshing blonde bièrre bursting with full-bodied Yorkshire flavour and a touch of French joie de vivre. Designed to commemorate Le Tour and showcase Yorkshire brewing, Marie Jaune will be available throughout June and July in cask and bottle.
Inveralmond Perth Perth
Homecoming Scotland (4.2%) An exuberant ale which displays berry sweetness on the palate and aromatic hoppiness, Homecoming Scotland Beer has been crafted to encapsulate the energy and presence of our incredible nation in 2014.
Itchen Valley New Alresford Hants
One Hop Citra (4.4%) Classic American hops and a citrus flavour
Kings Clipstone Kings Clipstone Notts
Palace Pale (3.6%) This brew is golden light and crisp with a refreshing taste.
Queen-B (5.1%) This is our ruby red strong ale, classically rich and smooth
Kirkby Lonsdale Kirkby Lonsdale
Tiffin Gold (3.6%) Smooth drinking ale building to a fruity bitter finish with great hop aromas from the new world hops used.
Singletrack (4.0%) deep golden in colour with Super citrusy floral aromas with a massive hop mouth feel. A Flowy Ale! Drink It, Read It. Brewed in conjunction with Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine - See more at:
Loddon Dunsden Oxon
Hoppit (3.5%) The predominant hops in Hoppit are East Kent Goldings which traditionally have a Seville Orange marmalade flavour. As well as Pale Ale malt, Hoppit also contains dark Invert Sugar which gives the beer its smooth taste.
Milestone Newark Notts
Amazonian (4.7%) Hoppy golden ale with fruity, floral notes
American Red (5.0%) A fruity red ale, hopped with American hops
San Paulo Porter (5.0%) A full, rich, chocolate and vanilla porter.
Mr Grundys Derby Derby
Bullet (4.3%) Devilish dark ale with a treacle aroma and a smooth rounded taste.
Pip, Squeak & Wilfred (4.4%) A golden pale ale with strong American hops and a pleasant grapefruit aroma. Packs a bitter punch!
Norfolk Brewhouse Fakenham Norfolk
Amber (4.0%) This amber ale combines a full-bodied bitterness with fruity overtones, creating an impressive flavour and a smooth, lasting finish
Ruby (4.0%) A ruby-coloured bitter with a rich, spicy, roasted aroma and a full, malty body, resulting in a full-bodied mouthfeel
Nottingham Nottingham Nottingham
Dreadnought (4.5%) A rich ruby coloured premium bitter with a well rounded fullness of malt and deep strength of hop bitterness.
Bullion (4.7%) A light coloured, exceptionally well balanced smooth ale with a light fragrant hop finish.
Oakleaf Gosport Hants
Nuptu'ale (4.2%) Initially brewed for Gail(MD's daughter) and Ed's(Head Brewer) wedding in 2000 and still very popular. Crisp pale ale with delicate hop flavours and light maltiness. Refreshing and easy drinking.
Over The Top (5.3%) No notes
Ole Slewfoot North Walsham Norfolk
Little Bear (3.7%) A traditional copper coloured bitter
Citraville (3.9%) Citraville is brewed with pale and aromatic malts,and as it implies by its name it has been loaded with citra hops for a peach and tropical fruit aroma
Orange Blossom (4.4%) When you first raise a glass of this beautifully clear light beer to your mouth you get a fruit filled aroma which temps your palate and on the first sip you will experience an initial citrus hit which then bursts into a full mouthful of flavours. Honey comes through and then in contrast the sharp bitterness of orange. A unique taste experience.
Panther Reepham Norfolk
Golden (3.7%) Our award winning golden ale is well rounded and refreshing with a fresh and aromatic hop kick! Using American hops our Golden Panther has a citrus flavour and floral aroma. Bored with run-of-the-mill golden ales we pride ourselves on having created a strong tasting refreshing golden ale to be drunk all year round.
Honey (4.0%) Our award winning honey ale is a light and refreshing golden ale with a bite of honey. Carefully balanced this ale has a full body with a floral honey aroma and real honey flavour. We don’t like the idea of people using flavourings to produce unnaturally sweet beers. We do it the proper way – balanced with real honey!
Red (4.1%) Our award winning red ale is deliciously clean and toasty with nutty caramel undertones, rounded with a crisp hoppy finish. Packed with flavour our Red Panther exemplifies the bite to expect from us at Panther Brewery, showing we don’t do things by halves (unless you bring by a small glass!).
Black (4.5%) Our award winning stout is smooth and rich with a complex full flavour. It’s our dedication to the cunning and prowess of the mysterious Panther which has allegedly stalked the Norfolk countryside for almost a decade.
Peakstones Rock Cheadle Staffs
Pugin's Gold (4.0%) A light golden coloured beer made with lager malt and styrian hops which give it a citrus bite and aroma.
Dimmingsdale Blonde (4.5%) A blonde beer, lightly hoped with a dry finish and a hint of citrus. Very refreshing.
Ramsbury Marlborough Wilts
Flintnapper (4.2%) A select blend of pale ale and chocolate malt – and our use of Goldings hops – have given this smooth ale a rich amber colour and a taste with malty overtones.
Gold (4.5%) Produced by blending pale ale malt, crystal malt and a small amount of torrified wheat, plus Golding and Celeia hops, Ramsbury Gold has a distinctly light hoppy aroma and taste.
Whistleblower (5.0%) Easy to drink, and with a smooth hoppy finish, Chalk Stream can also be found under the name of its alter ego, GWR Whistleblower
RCH Weston-super-Mare Avon
East Street (5.0%) First brewed to celebrate the 500th guest beer at the Dartmouth Inn, Newton Abbot, and was named by a customer in a competition. It went down so well that it has become a regular beer. This enigmatic full bodied beer with malty hoppy fruit bitter with a sweet taste which all vie for dominance in this complex and well crafted premium chestnut coloured ale.
Double Header (5.3%) Again a railway themed name after the name for two engines pulling a train. A golden brew made only with pale ale malt and goldings hops giving it a well balanced hoppy flavour. Very drinkable - beware!!
Roosters Knaresborough Yorks
Wild Mule (3.9%) Brewed using New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hop, which creates a white wine fruitiness that’s backed up by a lasting grapefruit bitterness, Wild Mule is a new world, session-strength, pale ale with a kick.
S & P Horsford Norfolk
First Light (4.1%) A light golden beer with generous addition of cascaade hops resulting in a pleasing citrus aroma and deep hoppy flavour complemented by a lingering bitter finish
Eve's Drop (4.3%) Thirst quenching english bitter. Golden brown ale with a well balanced hoppisness from goldings and fuggles. Fruity aroma and slight peppery mouth feel give way to a satisfying lingering hint of sweetness
Darkest Hour Stout (4.4%) Faint coffee aroma and taste to this ful bodied irish stout. Very dark.
Shardlow Draycott Derbys
Narrowboat (4.3%) A pale amber bitter with a short, crisp, hoppy aftertaste.
Reverend Eaton (4.5%) A smooth, medium-strong bitter, full of malt and hop flavours with a sweet aftertaste.
Cavendish Bridge Bitter (4.5%) A premium pale bitter.
Cavendish Dark Extra (4.6%) A mild, well balanced beer with a hoppy aftertaste.
Mayfly (4.8%) A pale premium bitter showing good balance between malt and hop with bitter fruity overtones.
Whistlestop (5.0%) Marris Otter pale malt and hops go together to produce this smooth & surprisingly strong pale beer.
Five Bells (5.0%) A ruby coloured powerful ale with a bittersweet finish.
Meteor (4.0%) A traditional amber ale
Astral (4.5%) Well hopped blonde ale. Straw colour, and hoppy aroma and after taste.
Tydd Steam Tydd St. Giles Cambs
Barn Ale (3.9%) Refreshing pale session bitter, with a zesty bitterness and a lingering citrus finish.
Golden Kiwi (4.1%) A pale golden refreshing best bitter. Hopped exclusively with Motueka, Nelson Sauvin and N.Z. Cascade.
Dr Fox's Chicken Choker (4.6%) Light golden ale with some citrus hop character
Amnesiac (4.9%) Hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops giving a soft white wine background with floral notes and crushed gooseberry aroma. Bitter finish.
Wellbeck Abbey Worksop Notts
Henrietta (3.6%) Our most popular beer is named after two famous Henriettas in the Welbeck family linage. ‘Our Henrietta’ is a delicate Golden Ale packed full of wonderful hop character. Challenger hops provide the bitter note and balance perfectly with the citrus and fresh grassy nose of the Cascade and Hallertaur Brewers Gold varieties.
Red Feather (3.9%) Red Feather takes its inspiration from the emblem of Welbeck and its crossed red feathers, which represent pride in the estate’s heritage and entrepreneurial spirit. Red Feather is an English ale and it blends a bitterness with caramel notes from its Crystal malts to create a moreish, malty amber beer.
Wentworth Rotherham Yorks
Imperial Ale (3.8%) Our new session bitter, a glowing tawny coloured ale with a refreshingly floral nose. Going down great guns on tap and now brought to you bottled.
Titania (3.9%) A light Pale ale with a floral nose and a lasting biscuity dry finish from the American Centennial Hops
Oyster Stout (4.8%) East Kent Goldings Hops used. Full bodied and smooth, it comes richly roasted with liquorice overtones and made with freshly shucked oysters.
William Bros Alloa Clackmannanshire
Birds & Bees (4.3%) Brewed for the summer evenings when we down tools for the day and retire to the beer garden; this bright, golden ale is a blend of pale malt, cascade and bobek hops with a late infusion of fresh elderflowers and lemon zest. Fruity, aromatic and deliciously refreshing.
Winters Norwich Norfolk
Mild (3.6%) Mild in strength, strong in flavour, roast tones coming through with hints of nut and caramel.
Golden (4.1%) A refreshing yellow golden ale with nicely balanced malt, hop and light tangy citrus flavours. Derived from a blend of American, Slovenian and English Hops.
Geniuss (4.1%) Classic Irish-style stout, with plenty of roast and cara malts for a full flavour.
Numpty Gold (4.2%) No notes
Wolf Attleborough Norfolk
Wolf in Sheeps Clothing (3.7%) This traditional Norfolk mild has a malty aroma with fruity undertones. Lightly hopped with Fuggles and Goldings this beer has a long clean finish.
Lavender Honey (3.7%) Honey from The Norfolk Lavender Company is added during the brewing process to give this beer a delicate yet more-ish flavour.
Golden Jackal (3.7%) A hoppy thirst-quenching golden session bitter, with a flowery nose and slightly citrus after-taste. The hop flavour lasts right through to the bottom of the glass.
Brazilian Wolf (4.2%) Thirst quenching summer ale with a fruity finish. The perfect pint whilst watching the World
Wolf At The Door (4.4%) Maple flavoured light beer
Straw Dog (4.5%) Pale and refreshing, this clear wheat beer is brewed in the German style. Soft German hops added to the brew give a wonderful aroma and slightly sweet taste to leave the imbiber wanting more!
Granny Wouldn't Like It (4.8%) Dark red, rich and fruity. This mighty beer has many awards to its name. The swirling mix of flavours produces a complex but satisfying experience.
Grandma's Rich Porter (5.0%) urprisingly light porter, chocolate malt aroma, fruits, a hint of nuts. Bitter finish
Woods Craven Arms Salop
Summer That (3.9%) this ale has a light hop aroma and a crisp clean palate, slightly sweet but enough bitterness to balance. We again use one of our favourite hops Progress and this is a single hop varietal brew.


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