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.

Adnams, Longboat

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ABV
4.6%
Style
Red
Producer
Adnams
Origin
Anglia & Norway

Caramel, pepper and clove

Food match Pair with mutton (or lamb) simmered with cabbage and peppercorns - this is a traditional Norwegian recipe known as fårikål!

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Bad Co, Whiter Shade of Pale

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ABV
3.2%
Style
Pale Gold
Producer
Bad Co
Origin
Yorkshire

Delicate malt, full bodied with citrus notes

Food match Delicate flavours such as fish and chicken

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Bays, Gold

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ABV
4.3%
Style
Golden
Producer
Bays
Origin
South West

Soft, Fruity, Zesty

Food match Best suited to all fish dishes

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Brains, Cafe Phoenix

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ABV
4.4%
Style
Dark Brown
Producer
Brains
Origin
Wales

Coffee, Sweet, Caramel

Food match Game meats or chocolate puddings

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Cotleigh, Tawny

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Copper
Producer
Cotleigh
Origin
South West

Malt, sweet, subtle hops

Food match Traditional meat dishes such as pies and roasts, particularly beef

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Everards, Sly Fox

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Golden
Producer
Everards
Origin
Leicester

Zesty , Ginger , Refreshing

Food match Chinese, Thai Cuisine

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Great Heck, Dave

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Dark red with creamy head
Producer
Great Heck
Origin
Yorkshire

Smooth, subtle roasted flavours

Food match Roast beef dinner.

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Greene King, Mighty Moose

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ABV
5.6%
Style
Light Gold
Producer
Greene King
Origin
Anglia

Citrus, Fruity, Herbal and Resin Hop

Food match Smoked Sausage and Roasted meats

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Harbour, Breakfast Pale

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Golden
Producer
Harbour
Origin
South

Malt, Biscuit, Grapefruit

Food match Chicken/fish dishes

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Ilkley, Mary Jane

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Pale Golden
Producer
Ilkley
Origin
Yorkshire

Citrus, biscuit malt, bitter

Food match Fish & Chips, Goats Cheese Tart, Lemon & Thyme Chicken

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Knops, Musselburgh Broke

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Chestnut
Producer
Knops
Origin
Scotland

Malty, roasty. Smooth finish.

Food match Roasted meats, light cheeses, grilled foods

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Orkney, Dark Island

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ABV
4.6%
Style
Mahogany
Producer
Orkney
Origin
Orkney, Scotland

Roasted, Nutty, Chocolate. Mollases

Food match Pate, Red Meat dishes and strong cheese

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Roosters, Little Bird

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ABV
3.4%
Style
Light Amber
Producer
Roosters
Origin
Yorkshire

Delicate maltiness & light hop bitterness

Food match Mac ‘n Cheese

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Saltaire, Blonde

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Pale Straw
Producer
Saltaire
Origin
Yorkshire

Creamy and soft with modest bitterness and slight spice.

Food match Classic British Fish & Chips

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Sharp’s Sea Fury

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Dark Ruby
Producer
Sharp’s
Origin
National

Dark berry, fruity, malty, moreish

Food match Slow cooked meats, prime steak or a Cornish cheeseboard

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Skinners, Cornish Trawler

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Golden Amber
Producer
Skinners
Origin
Cornwall

Citrus, Spicy, Dry Finish

Food match cured meats and a properly hot vindaloo

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Tickety Brew, Session IPA

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Pale Straw
Producer
Tickety Brew
Origin
South

Bitter start, fruity middle, clean finish

Food match Flavoursome like Chinese and Indian

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Woodfordes, Tundra

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ABV
4.6%
Style
Pale Golden
Producer
Woodfordes
Origin
Anglia

FRESH & ZESTY

Food match GREAT WITH TRADITIONAL DISHES

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