Nicholson’s Seasonal Ale Library

Spring 2018

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.

Pale

Black Isle / Goldfinch

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Burnished Gold
Producer
Black Isle
Origin
Scotland

Floral hoppiness with notes of citrus and pine.

Food match Fish and Chips or any fried food.

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Black Sheep Brewery / Square 1

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ABV
3.4%
Style
Straw Coloured
Producer
Black Sheep Brewery
Origin
North Yorkshire, England

Pungent, juicy hops with tropical bursts

Food match Great alongside light pizza and pasta dishes.

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Castle Rock Brewery / Elsie Mo

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ABV
4.7%
Style
Pale, golden glow
Producer
Castle Rock Brewery
Origin
Nottingham, England

Floral, citrus, hoppy.

Food match Lightly battered fish and chips.

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Hawkshead Windermere Pale

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Very Pale Ale
Producer
Hawkshead Brewery
Origin
Lake District, England

Bitter, Hoppy & Fruity

Food match Seafood

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London Brewing Co. / Skyline

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ABV
5.3%
Style
Bright Copper
Producer
London Brewing Co.
Origin
England

Grapefruit tropical & stone fruit.

Food match Burger & Spiced Foods

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Shipyard / Island Time IPA

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Bright, light amber colour
Producer
Shipyard
Origin
UK

Hints of lemon, grapefruit, mandarin orange and pine.

Food match Particularly good with shellfish; the subtle lemon & mandarin citrus notes pair well with grilled gambas. And, of course – Lemon Sole!

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Peerless Brewing / Ice Breaker

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ABV
4.7%
Style
Blonde
Producer
Peerless Brewing
Origin
UK

Tropical Fruit, Citrus

Food match Light Chicken dishes such as Caesar Salad.

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Purity Brewing / Mad Goose

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Bright Copper
Producer
Purity Brewing
Origin
Midlands, England

Citrus notes, fresh and hoppy

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

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Robinsons / Light Brigade

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ABV
4.1%
Style
Pale Golden
Producer
Robinsons
Origin
England

Citrus Hop

Food match Fish & Chips, Spicy food such as Thai.

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AMBER / WHEAT

Adnams / Fat Sprat

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Pale Amber in Colour
Producer
Adnams
Origin
Southwold, Suffolk

Lovely grapefruit aroma with some spicy notes.

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

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Great Newsome Brewery / Pigs Ear

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ABV
5.2%
Style
Mid Copper with a creamy head.
Producer
Great Newsome Brewery
Origin
Yorkshire, England

Resinous Hop, Light Floral.

Food match Grilled meats or if you fancy it, a really good burger.

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Sharp’s / Juniper Rising

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Naturally cloudy, straw
Producer
Sharp’s
Origin
Rock, Cornwall, UK

Lively citrus and juniper berry with subtle undertones of spicy coriander and clove.

Food match Duck, orange desserts, crème brulee.

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DARK

Bru Brewery / Stout

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Black with a very light/cream brown head
Producer
Bru Brewery
Origin
Ireland

Roast Coffee

Food match Grilled meat, bbq and chocolate deserts

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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, England

Smooth, subtle roasted flavours.

Food match Roast beef dinner.

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Quartz Brewing / Quartz Heart

Zest
ABV
4.6%
Style
Copper
Producer
Quartz Brewing
Origin
Kings Bromley, England

Roasted Nuts, Vanilla, Fruity

Food match Cheese, curries

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WooHa Brewing Company / WooHa Porter

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Dark with light golden head
Producer
WooHa Brewing Company
Origin
Scotland

Smokey with hints of coffee

Food match Pair with blue cheese or chocolate tart

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