Mini Round-up - #1
Not just one beer review! Not just two! But a whole bunch of mini reviews!
by Andy
09-July-2018 at 13:21
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I'm going to try something slightly different today. Usually, I'd pick a few of the beers I've been drinking recently and fire up a big review of the beer, padding it out with some nonsensical junk to make me sound like I smart and interesting (which, generally, doesn't work). This is all fair and well if I've drank a beer that really inspires me into writing a review, but more often than not, that isn't the case. Which isn't great, when we (myself and Scott) are trying to keep things ticking over on here.

So this morning, I've decided do a bunch of mini-reviews and group them all together in one article. Or maybe I'll split them over the week. I haven't quite decided yet as I'm sort of making this up as I go along... We'll see what happens when I get towards the end.

Why the change in format? Well, it basically comes down to this; I drank a good few beers over the weekend there, but nothing I thought I could spin out for a full fledged review. There were some good ones - as you'll see shortly - but I figured it might be better to write a little bit about each of them and see how that works out. Also, it's a good way to get a bit extra content up onto the site and show that I'm not neglecting you all.

Without further ado, let's get to it...

CRCKR - Fourpure Brewing Co.

Fourpure - CRCKR

Fourpure - CRCKRYep, your eyes don't deceive you - that there is a Christmas-themed beer. In July. You may notice a couple of these over the course of this article. Without dragging this mini-review out too much, it all comes down to my recent order from Beer Hawk. The order consisted of a bunch of beers that were close to their best before date, or end of line, which BH just wanted shot of. Thirty beers for £30 - which is definitely an offer I couldn't refuse.

"Thirty beers for £30 is definitely an offer I couldn't refuse."

So as a result, I ended up drinking CRCKR on a warm evening in July. And it was decent - really malty, earthy flavour - almost a little peaty at times - with a definite big hint of hazelnut there, as per the description. Was it red in colour? I have no idea, as I drank it straight from the can (which was red, incidentally).

Didn't make me feel very Christmassy, but I reckon I could see myself drinking this again at some point. If I thought it'd last until December, I'd leave it in the shed till Christmas. But I know I'd just cave at some point and tank it anyway...

312 Urban Wheat Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island Beer Co. - 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Goose Island Beer Co. - 312 Urban Wheat AleThis was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. I wouldn't say it was anything spectacularly great - it was just a really well rounded, nicely finished beer that I really enjoyed.

Smooth, with a sweet, malty flavour and little to no bitterness on the way down, it made a nice change to the Christmas-themed fare that had preceded (and followed) it. I wasn't expecting much from this, as I'm not a mad fan of wheat beers, but it was a really nice, refreshing beer and I could see myself drinking this again.

As with CRCKR, I drank this straight from the can (in bed, I might add), so I have no idea what it looked like!

Honeyspot Road IPA - Two Roads Brewing Company

Two Roads Brewing Company - Honeyspot IPA

Two Roads Brewing Company - Honeyspot IPAYou may remember Scott choose this as his Beer of the Week, way back at the tail end of last year. And after drinking it on Saturday night, I can see why. It's the perfect drink for these warm, lazy summer evenings - infinitely drinkable, really refreshing and very tasty.

Big grapefruit-like bitterness, gives way to an almost dry finish. Very fresh taste (despite being apparently close to its best before) and another highlight of the weekend's boozing.

Pub Beer - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Pub Beer

10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Pub BeerThis is another beer that I was sure Scott had spoken about in the past - but I can't see a review or article on the site. If I remember correctly though, I'm sure he was less than impressed with it...

Honestly though, I thought it was alright. When I took the can out of the Beer Hawk box, I groaned a little inside, as a memory came back to me and I was expecting the worst. But actually, it isn't the worst thing I've ever tasted, although it isn't the best either. It's decent, without being outstanding.

It was quite sweet though - almost like candy-floss, or syrup or something like that - with very little bitterness to cut through this. I think this could be a guilty pleasure though and I reckon I would drink it again if I had the chance.

American Pale - Fourpure Brewing Co.

Fourpure - American Pale

Fourpure - American PaleAnother Fourpure beer here, which generally means good things are on the horizon. And, much like their Session IPA, Fourpure's American Pale didn't disappoint.

Clean, clear, refreshing - sweet malty flavour, with a bitter - almost sour - citrus hit on the way down. Another highlight.

Santa Gose Down Under - Birra Del Borgo

Birra Del Borgo - Santa Gose Down Under

Birra Del Borgo - Santa Gose Down UnderAnother Christmas-themed beer in July! And I didn't like this one. I'm not sure if it was flat (it's probably been sitting in a warehouse since December), or if it's supposed to have almost no fizz to it, but I wasn't into it.

I don't mind sour beers, in moderation, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for one, so that doesn't help. It was mildly sweet, with a plum-like sourness to the flavour. Quite smooth, but not really my kind of thing.

I do like the name though!

HOLS - Camden Town Brewery

Camden Town Brewery - HOLS

Camden Town Brewery - HOLSThis beer was one of two major highlights of the weekend. Such a nice, easy-drinking, great tasting beer. Big citrus flavours? Check. Fruity? Check. Hoppy as well? Check. It ticks all the boxes and went down an absolute treat. My only criticism is that my Beer Hawk box only had one can in it. Definitely one to look out for and a great beer to have with the BBQ out, sitting in the sun.

Bibble - The Wild Beer Co.

Wild Beer Co. - Bibble

Wild Beer Co. - BibbleThis is the daddy of the beers I drank this weekend. If I hadn't had this beer, HOLS would have reigned as king. But Bibble edges it out and then some.

Similar praise for Bibble as I had for HOLS - it's citrusy, its hoppy, it's fruity - but just taken to a level above the Camden Town beer (which isn't meant as a criticism at all). Just such a great beer.

I'd maybe say that it's slightly sweeter than HOLS - maybe even 'juicier'? So if you'd prefer a hoppier finish, go for HOLS. Otherwise, Bibble all the way. Either way, you'll find yourself happy and refreshed.

Modelo Especial - Grupo Modelo

Grupo Modelo - Modelo Especial

Grupo Modelo - Modelo EspecialI didn't have high hopes for this beer and it did nothing to alleviate my fears. It was really bland and almost had no flavour at all. What little I could taste from it, didn't change my perception - there was an unpleasant, bready/yeasty bitterness on the edge of my taste buds. Not great at all.

A positive? Well, it was incredibly clear - possibly the clearest beer I've ever seen. Maybe Grupo Modelo filtered it so much that they took all the taste out of it? Also the bottle was sort of cool, I guess? And it was a weird measurement - 355ml. Other than that, pass. I won't be drinking this again.

Reutberger Export Hell - Klosterbrauerei Reutberg

Klosterbrauerei Reutberg - Reutberger Export Hell

Klosterbrauerei Reutberg - Reutberger Export HellThis beer kicked off my weekend drinking session - on Thursday night...

Again, much like Modelo, I wasn't expecting much from this beer. Unlike Modelo though, this was actually a fairly pleasant experience. It's a German style lager beer, that is good without being particularly remarkable. You could drink gallons of the stuff quite happily, without complaining. It's simple, but done really well - and sometimes that's all you need.

And there you go, my weekend in beer. I should note, as I mentioned briefly in the Reutberger blurb, I started on Thursday, so this was spread across three days. Which actually doesn't really make it sound any better, does it?!

Hopefully between myself and Scott (if he managed to survive Saturday night...), we can squeeze a few more articles - and maybe even a couple of 'proper' reviews - in soon!

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