Nicholson’s Ale Library

Showcasing the UK’s Best Beer

Here you can view the tasting notes of our latest seasonal ale selection and give us your beer verdict.  We perfectly select beer to match the season, so take a look through and find your perfect beer match! If you need a reminder of what beer we’ve already had then take a look through our previous seasons to find your favourite.

Lighthouse

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ABV
3.4%
Style
Session
Producer
Adnams
Origin
Southwold, Suffolk

A light, golden beer with a light fragrance, lovely malty flavours and a long hoppy finish.

Food match Fish and Chips or our grilled sea bass

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Cornish Coaster

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ABV
3.6%
Style
Session
Producer
Sharp's
Origin
Cornwall, UK

The fresh aroma of hops blends seamlessly with light fruity-sweet notes. In the mouth the beer feels succulent and despite its lower gravity delivers a good measure of hoppy bitterness. This is complemented by a light, almost honeyed malty sweetness.

Food match Complements light fish or poultry dishes. Also a perfect partner to heartier dishes such as creamy chicken pie as the light and fruit beer will cut through the fat

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Common

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ABV
3.7%
Style
Session
Producer
Wimbledon
Origin
London, United Kingdom

Burnished gold, spicy orange notes on aroma, a light malt fruitiness on palate, with final refreshing bitterness.

Food match Fish and chips or our ale-glazed Shropshire chicken

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Good Old Boy

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Traditional
Producer
West Berkshire
Origin
Reading, UK

A classic bitter brewed with a blend of rich malted barley and fruity hops to produce an exceptionally well-balanced and full-flavoured beer.

Food match Steak and mushroom pie or your favourite bar snack

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ERA

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Traditional
Producer
Purity
Origin
West Midlands, England

Pure Era uses the new and rare British hop Godiva to give each pint a hint of blackcurrant and spice.

Food match Roasted meats and sausages

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Hophead

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Darkstar
Origin
Sussex, UK

This beer is full bodied and full flavoured yet gentle enough to make it a favourite session beer

Food match This light hoppy beer is perfect alongside traditional classics like our burger

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Comfortably Numb

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Bad
Origin
Yorkshire, England

Malty toffee notes with strong, but not overpowering bitterness. Notes of Mango, Pine and Gooseberry.

Food match Nicholson’s grilled lamb chops

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Stars and Stripes

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ABV
4.3%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Rooster's
Origin
Yorkshire, England

Stars & Stripes is smooth pale ale that’s combines three hops imported from across the pond to create a quaffable beer with aromas of lemon and orange.

Food match Our Nicholson’s Burger

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Summer Lightning

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Hop Back
Origin
Salisbury, UK

This straw-coloured beer has an intense bitterness, which leads to an excellent, long dry finish.

Food match Steaks and pork chops

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Shropshire Gold

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Golden
Producer
Saolpian
Origin
Shropshire, England

Golden, with a floral aroma and a full hoppy flavour that is balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a rich finish.

Food match Any Nicholson’s bar snack!

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Old Golden Hen

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ABV
4.1%
Style
Golden
Producer
Greene King
Origin
Bury St Edmunds, England

Tropical and Mango falvours with a clean hoppy bitter finish

Food match White meats or our mac and cheese

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Dram Good

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Golden
Producer
Belhaven
Origin
Dunbar, Scotland

Vanilla, oak, with a whisky hint.

Food match Smoked salmon fish cakes

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Shankar IPA

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ABV
5.9%
Style
IPA
Producer
Great Heck
Origin
Yorkshire, UK

Fruity, hoppy, clean, dry

Food match Spicy food and red meats

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Hoppapotumus

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ABV
3.8%
Style
IPA
Producer
Broughton
Origin
Biggar, Scotland

Refreshing, Hoppy & Sessionable

Food match Hunter’s Chicken

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Summer Legend

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ABV
3.5%
Style
IPA
Producer
Harviestoun
Origin
Stirling, Scotland

Superb summer beer and insanely sessionable

Food match Paired with our potted Devon crab

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Ruby Jane

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Dark
Producer
Ilkley
Origin
Yorkshire, England

The combination of 7 malts give you complex biscuit layers of flavour, with a velvety smooth palate and creamy head. There is a soft bitterness from the hops.

Food match Gloucester Old Spot sausages

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Plum Porter

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ABV
4.9%
Style
Dark
Producer
Titanic
Origin
Staffordshire, England

This beer is dark strong and well rounded; the richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring.

Food match Rich Savoury Foods & Sweet Desserts

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Absolutely

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Speciality
Producer
GYB
Origin
UK

Absolutely Pale Ale is a beer to arouse the senses, infusing American style hops into a refreshingly flavoursome liquid bounty. You’ll want to take it, not leave it, with no sign of embarrassment, as we’re sure you’ll be absolutely bowled over with every sip. 

Food match Great with white meat dishes

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Yeastie Boys Double Summer

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Speciality
Producer
Fuller's
Origin
London, UK

A New Zealand pale ale bursting with melon, lychee and passion fruit

Food match Scampi and Chips

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India Brown Ale

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ABV
4.9%
Style
Speciality
Producer
Harbour
Origin
Cornwall, UK

Robust, dank, fruity, citrus

Food match Steak and Ale pie

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