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Episode 85 – Hibernation IPA

 

This week we get cuddly with a Bear Hug Brewing Hibernation IPA, take a little walk through an historical London beer story, and have plenty of beery news and chatter!

All this PLUS the #PrizelessPrize!

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UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.4% or less)

 

This one was close, really close. In the end  only 4 votes separated the top 2 beers…

1. Kernel India Export Porter 5.9% ABV
Boak and Bailey are currently running their own series of porter tastings here and they have kindly taken some time out to write these words about the winning beer… If we had to pick a single beer to represent what has happened to London’s beer scene in the last decade, The Kernel’s Export India Porter might be the one. First brewed in 2011, and much-imitated since, it is a playful acknowledgement of the fact that hoppy dark beers didn’t arrive with the recent invention of black IPA, but back in the 19th century when porter was shipped to supply British troops in India. Brewed at various strengths and with various hops over the years, KEIP can vary widely from batch to batch — for some, a key part of its appeal. It is a beer that perhaps does more to explain what ‘craft beer’ means in the UK than any amount of wordy philosophising — bold, raw-edged, boozy, bitter, and bursting with character, as fruity hops pile up against intense roasted malt flavours. Honestly, we’re not fans, but this poll shows that a LOT of people are, and no-one could ever call it bland.

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Episode 84 – Isaac

 

It’s our Indy Man Beer Con special! Featuring an exclusive interview with Jonny Heyes the founder of Indy Man plus a host of assorted bloggers help Steve review some special beers…

Toccolmatto / IMBC ‘Delta Red Disorder’ with Justin Mason

Magic Rock ‘Pith Head’ with Connor Murphy

Against The Grain ‘Citra Ass Down’ with Rowan Molyneux

St Feuillien / Green Flash ‘Belgian Coast IPA’ with Roland Glew

Camden Town / Beavertown ‘One Hells Of A Beaver’ with Matt Curtis

In addition to all that we also have our main review thanks to the chaps at Beers From Italy – a beer from one of the founding fathers of the Italian craft beer, Baladin’s ‘Isaac’.

With all that, there’s just about room for the Indy Man themed #PrizelessPrize.

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Episode 83 – Halcyon

 

The poorest-kept secret in beer podcasting… this week, the boys review Thornbridge’s Halcyon (cue HALCYON KLAXON) with guest host, beer blogger and all-round hop monster Rowan Molyneux.

Also a round up of what is going to happen at the Indy Man Beer Con (hint: carnage), the #prizelessprize and all the news.

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Oh Vienna

A while back a chap by the name of Graham Nelson won a little competition run by Thornbridge and Waitrose. Graham’s ‘Vienna IPA’ (award winning) homebrew was to be brewed by Thornbridge and distributed in Waitrose.

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Episode 82 – ReAle

 

It’s the second Italian beer of the season, again courtesy of the lovely blokes at Beers From Italy, this time a 6.4% American pale ale called ReAle. How will it fair when under the scrutiny of the hop-monster Steve?

To celebrate Podcast Day, we round up the best beercasts around, including 11pm Somewhere, The Irish Beer Snob and Steve & Roland’s Beer Podcast. Plus there’s some bonus footage from our little collab with the AhhGee Podcast, the previously unheard Team AhhGee vs Team Beer O’clock.

All this plus the beery news and this week’s #PrizelessPrize

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Episode 81 – Rodenbach Grand Cru

 

This week we’re joined by trouser-adverse beer blogger Matt Curtis to review a beer of much repute: Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.

In the news we look at the upcoming Winter Beer Fest, Pilsner Urquell’s lastest tankovna, the Good Beer Guide 2015 and the recent Indy Beer Can Competition.

We discuss Matt’s foray into blogging, look back at the recent Top 10 UK Pale Ales poll and there’s a double for someone in the Instagram of the Week.

If all that isn’t enough, we look forward to the Indy Man Beer Con with an interview with Claudia from the Indy Man team.

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A Bump In The Road

When we launched the UK Top 10 IPAs poll back in May it was as a result of some inspiration I found from a blog written by Andy Parker. It was part fun, part social experiment that actually ended up with an unexpected winner in Marble’s Dobber.

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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!