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UK Top 10 Pale Ales

 

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Unlike the recent UK Top 10 Lagers, this poll was a close run thing from beginning to end. 523 votes were cast and in the end one pale ale emerged victorious. Here are the results of the UK Top 10 Pale Ales…

1. Beavertown Gamma Ray 5.4% ABV
Friend of the show, beer writer and #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter Justin Mason has this to say about the winner. As soon as Beavertown unleashed their beers on an unsuspecting public they created a buzz. Gamma Ray, first released in October 2012, was originally part of their boundary-pushing experimental Alpha Series, however its in-your-face US hop character made it an instant favourite with drinkers craving big ballsy beers that left their lips tingling and their palate in tatters, and it soon became a best-seller. With its spicy pine, passion fruit and grapefruit aroma and its huge bitter tropical citrus caramel flavour, Gamma Ray has achieved an almost cult status amongst craft beer lovers on this side of the Atlantic searching for an American-style Pale Ale that delivers every time. It is a truly special beer, and now it is available in cans it is a near-fresh hop hit you can have straight from the fridge whenever you want it. You can check out the show that we did with Justin where we review Gamma Ray and all of the other Beavertown cans here.

2. Magic Rock High Wire 5.5% ABV

3. Brewdog Dead Pony (Club/Ale) 3.8% ABV

4. Oakham Citra 4.2% ABV

5. Pressure Drop Pale Fire 4.8% ABV

6. Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe 5.4% ABV

7. Thornbridge Kipling 5.2% ABV
Check out what we thought of this beer on the Lock In

8. Weird Beard Mariana Trench 5.3% ABV

9. Cromarty Rogue Wave 5.7% ABV

10. Moor Nor’Hop 4.1% ABV

Beavertown Gamma Ray, Magic Rock High Wire and Brewdog Dead Pony now join Camden Town Hells, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Fourpure Pils, Marble Dobber, Magic Rock Cannonball and The Kernel Citra IPA in the end of the year UK Top 10 Beers poll. Before that we have stouts, bitters and the next poll, Porters to get through.

You can nominate your favourite Porters in the comment box below or via Twitter using #UKTop10Porters until Friday 17 October. The poll will run from Thursday 23 – Monday 27 October and the top 3 will also be added to the UK Top 10 Beers poll at the end of the year.

In the meantime and/or for inspiration check out what Boak and Bailey are up to with their porter tasting at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who took time to cast a vote, we hope you enjoy giving these beers a try.

 

Episode 80 – My Antonia

We’re back with Season 5, and what better way to start it off than a continuously-hopped Imperial Pils? I know, right! Fresh from Italy courtesy of our friends at Beers from Italy, it’s My Antonia – a collaboration ale from Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo.

Joining us, and kindly supplying this week’s bottle and others throughout the upcoming season, are Andy and Geremiah from Beers from Italy.

This week’s news is the biggest ever, with the best ever pips and covers most things that we missed while we were off air. The coveted #PrizelessPrize Instagram of the week is back and we look forward to the rest of season 5.

All this plus the normal banter and chatter! It’s Beer O’Clock!

Apologies for some of the sound quality on this weeks show, we think the gremlins are still in the system following the Lock In!

Episode 79 – Summer Special – Magic Stone Dog

It’s our summer special! Now an annual feature (funny that), and this week with have a double-helping of summer goodness – not only do we review the Magic Rock / Stone Brew Co / Brewdog collaboration ‘Magic Stone Dog’, but we also have the sunny presence of Ian from a funny little place called Ireland and the 11PM Somewhere podcast!

PLUS a special heaping helping of audio from Steve’s recent visit to Brewdog HQ* including an exclusive interview with the founders, James Watt and Martin Dickie.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

*This trip was enitrely funded by the guys at Brewdog for which we are grateful. A number of beer writers, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters were invited up to Aberdeen for the weekend – here’s a handy guide to other reviews currently available following this trip, just click on the links to go straight to the media.

Hopzine (video)

The Beer Cast (live blog from the day)

The Irish Beer Snob (podcast)

Diary of a Beer Girl (blog)

The Beer Diary (blog)

 

Breaking News [insert pips here]

PrintWe are pleased to announce a new collaboration with leading online Beer Retailer, Ales By Mail.

The partnership will see us providing mini-audio reviews of beers available exclusively on the ABM store, helping consumers get expert advice right from the online shop, while they buy. ABM are thanking show listeners with 10% off everything you buy on www.alesbymail.co.uk

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UK Top 10 Lagers

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So we got there in the end! Following the success of the UK Top 10 IPAs and then the disappointment of the ‘vote rigging’ scandal the first time we ran this poll, we now have a result in the Top 10 Lagers.

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Episode 78 – Good King Henry Special Reserve 2011

It’s the end of Season 4, and with great sorrow… we open what can only be described as a very special beer indeed. This week we tuck into Old Chimneys ‘Good King Henry Special Reserve 2011′, the highest rated beer on RateBeer.com and one that makes many a beer geek sweat.

In the news is Britain Beer Day, Thornbridge’s Summer Tour and Brewdog’s latest bar (of course!). There’s also the final Instagram #PrizelessPrize of the season and an immense season-end roundup with clips from our trip to the Great British Beer Festival!

It’s Beer O’Clock!

Episode 77 – Orval

This week is every craft wanker’s dream beer (apparently), Orval.

Joining us is the BEER OVERLORD from The Swan pub in Stratford St Mary (in Essex/Suffolky way), who gives us some insight into the beer and joins us for plenty more beery chatter.

Plus, Steve delivers the most self-indulgent news section ever including an interview with organisers of the Witham Beer Festival.

All this plus the Instgram of the week and news about season 5.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

Episode 76 – Bishops Finger

A return to days of olde, with a supermarket staple this week – Shepherd Neame’s Bishops Finger.

We’re joined by beer blogger and all-round good bloke, Glenn Johnson.

We look forward to the GBBF and Steve champions the cause of his local beer festival. Plus we chat to Ian from 11pm Somewhere podcast about the forthcoming Lock In supported by Thornbridge.

No #PrizelessPrize this week due to holidays but keep the entries coming on Instagram with #CheersGuys .

Also, the usual beery news and chatter – it’s beer o’clock!

Episode 75 – 01/01 Saison Citra

Fancy beer time! This week it’s Brew By Number’s 01/01 Saison Citra, and to discuss the style is someone who loves it – our old friend, Emma from Crema Brewery.

In the news there’s more from (yawn) Brewdog and we look forward to London Beer City with an interview with creator and coordinator Will Hawkes.

The #PrizelessPrize is taken to a new level by this weeks winner, all this and our usual beer news and chatter – it’s beer o’clock!

Episode 74 – Orach Slie and 2nd Birthday Special!

It’s the Beer O’Clock Show’s second birthday, and what a beer to celebrate with – Harvistoun’s Orach Slie. See what the lads think of a beer they’ve been holding on to for months just for this show.

Also, birthday messages akimbo, the release of the GBBF beer list and the #PrizlessPrize Instagram of the week!

Thanks to everyone for their support over the last two years – here’s to a couple more, eh?

It’s Beer O’Clock!