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.

Fat Sprat

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Amber Beer
Producer
Adnams
Origin
Southwold, Suffolk

Grapefruit, Citrus, biscuit

Food match Light summer salads (such as chicken Caesar) or a match for fresh British seafood.

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Wild Gravity

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ABV
5.2%
Style
Pale
Producer
BAD Co
Origin
England

Citrus fruit and pine

Food match Red Meats/Spicy Dishes

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Florida Black

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Wild Oat Stout
Producer
Black Wolf
Origin
Scotland

Toffee, chocolate, toasted malts

Food match Oysters, shell fish, grilled meats and chocolate pudding

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Hop Air Balloon

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Session IPA
Producer
By The Horns
Origin
UK

Tropical Fruits

Food match Italian foods, rich meats

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Vermillion

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Traditional Beer
Producer
Camerons
Origin
UK

Toffee

Food match This red ale works perfectly with red meat dishes. Vermillion is best enjoyed with or as an ingredient in pies, casseroles or hearty stews.

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Osprey

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Golden
Producer
Cotleigh Brewery
Origin
UK

Green Apples

Food match Chicken and Fish dishes

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Jarl

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Fyne Ales
Origin
Scotland

Cirtus, Grassy, Floral

Food match Great with White fish, shellfish and Asian flavours such as Thai

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Christopher

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Golden Ale
Producer
Great Heck
Origin
UK

Golden, zesty, dry.

Food match Fish dishes. Spicy foods.

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The Honey IPA

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ABV
5.4%
Style
IPA
Producer
Hover
Origin
UK

Biscuit malt, hop bitterness and honey top notes

Food match Mature cheeses/curries/smoked meats

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Hanging Stone

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Oatmeal Stone
Producer
Ilkley Brewery
Origin
UK

Chocolate brownie, bonfire toffee, coffee

Food match Praline icecream

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Scarlet Macaw

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ABV
4.4%
Style
American Pale
Producer
Oakham Ales
Origin
UK

Clean, Citrus, Dry, Hoppy Finish

Food match Excellent with Oriental dishes Especially Thai

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Mad Goose

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Pale Ale
Producer
Purity
Origin
UK

Zesty pale ale with a smooth finish.

Food match Roasted pork belly, Indian curries and Thai dishes.

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Rev James Rye

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ABV
4.3%
Style
Dark
Producer
Brains
Origin
Wales

Spicy Hop, Citrus, Malty

Food match Strong oily fish, spiced dishes i.e. Mexican

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Trooper

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ABV
4.7%
Style
Dark Golden IPA
Producer
Robinsons
Origin
Cheshire, England

Bitter, Strong Roasted Malt

Food match Red meat, Casseroles, BBQ

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Etta's Ale

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ABV
4.0%
Style
English Ale
Producer
Rudgate
Origin
England

Malty, Fruity, Zesty

Food match Chicken dishes, Burgers and Chilli

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Two Tides

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ABV
4.6%
Style
India Pale Ale
Producer
Sharp's
Origin
England

Moderate bitterness with balanced hop flavour on the palate.

Food match Sharp cheddars /Rack of ribs with a rich BBQ sauce or Ham hock terrine/Pork Belly

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Half Mast

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ABV
2.8%
Style
Session IPA
Producer
Siren Craft Brew
Origin
England

Sessionable, full-flavoured, tropical, citrus.

Food match Much like its older sister Soundwave, Half Mast is hop-forward and therefore is ideal with curries or spicy dishes. It carries the added benefit of only being 2.8%, so you can afford yourself a few to cool down!

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Golden Ale

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Golden Ale
Producer
St. Peter's Brewery
Origin
England

Balanced citrus notes, light fruit

Food match White fish, Caesar salad, Thai curries, chicken dishes

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Timothy Taylor's Dark Mild

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Dark Mild
Producer
Championship Beers
Origin
England

Soft, Toffee, Nutty

Food match The earthy nutty flavours in Dark Mild work really well with chicken liver pate, pan fried liver and onions and it's a winner with mushroom stroganoff or risotto

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Hummingbird

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Golden
Producer
Young's
Origin
England

Refreshing, aromatic with tropical notes

Food match Tapas Dishes - Olives / Cold meats, Beer battered fish and chips

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