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Beer notes #40

May 29, 2012

India Pale Ale CASC The Kernel London 7.4%

Discovered by Geoff and me about 12 months ago at the mighty Kris Wines N7, the address on the label guided us down to the then fairly unknown Maltby Street Market. We made a return a week or so ago and was very happy to see the place going from strength to strength.  A bit warmer this time too, so we didn’t have any unfortunate G-Unit near-hypothermia experiences.
In a different (now larger) vault, under the railway to Millwall, its neighbour sells wedges of cheese and ham, which you can bring into the brewery. They have all their current beers in bottles at very reasonable prices and a couple off the tap. Despite struggling for stomach space after a hefty eccles cake at St John’s, we managed to sneak a few in.
There is fantastic big hops happiness in the India Pale Ale CASC off the tap. Great pop of fizz in the mouth with some citrus to balance it out. 17/20. Also had a go at the Export India Porter – terrific; quite different to anything I’ve had before. Ground coffee and roasted malts, with a bit of hops trying to make a getaway. 18/20. A trip down to these parts has to be the ideal way to spend a rainy Saturday morning in London. So now Maltby has wound up, it’s time for early lunch at The Drafthouse.

a tough ride

March 6, 2012

it was time for the little veterans to be reincarnated

anything but tropical beer notes #38

April 5, 2011

Guinness Draft Dublin  4.3%
Guinness is a bit of a fall back for me these days, it’s pretty limp, but it’s often on special at the offie. Please don’t judge me.

Give me Dogs Head any day….

But the sun is finally out, which has happily resulted in our balcony being used as something other than the drinks fridge. That’s really the whole point of this update, oh and that’s the Queens Crescent Saturday market down there.

anything but tropical beer notes # 37

March 28, 2011

Fuller’s Extra Special Bitter London 5.9%

Fuller’s London Porter, um, that would be… London 5.4%

I’ve been dragging my heels on this; bewildered by all the choice on offer, I haven’t really known where to start. So in the end, rather than getting going with the deliberately obscure, we’ll start our adventures in ale with two big classics from London’s Fullers Brewery. The ESB was the first “ale” I ever tried. It’s a classic but totally unrepresentative of ale generally. Uncharacteristically, it’s high in alcohol, a bit too high for such a sessional beer, and driven by big upfront hops. I think I can safely say I like it because it’s the closest thing I can get over here to Little Creatures Pale Ale. ESB has even created, Pilzen-like, its own style of beer.

An honourable mention to must also go to Porter – again, a classic by which all others are judged; it’s getting us through the rather dismal early months of the year. 18/20 for both.

a new name

March 21, 2011

there have been a few misspellings over the years but this has to be the best:

 

we’ve gone

December 5, 2010

from this:

to this: