Nicholson’s Seasonal Ale Library

Autumn 2017

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

Adnams Magic Rock Herbalist

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ABV
4.8%
Style
Golden
Producer
Adnams & Magic Rock
Origin
Southwold, Suffolk

A golden hoppy saison with aromas of lemon, mango and pineapple and a spicy saison dry finish.

Food match Delicious on its own, with ripe farmhouse cheeses or roast chicken.

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Great Heck / Mercy

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Very pale with tight white head
Producer
Great Heck
Origin
England

Pale, Tropical fruit, dry.

Food match Chorizo, Cold cuts.

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Wychwood Brewery / Hobgoblin Gold

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Golden
Producer
Wychwood Brewery
Origin
Oxfordshire, UK

A combination of four hop varieties infused with wheat & malted barley resulting in a perfectly balanced golden beer – with a huge hop punch.

Food match Try very herby sausages and mash, grilled lemon sole in garlic mayo, roast squid or octopus, Spicier curries, samosas, roasted vegetables or Fry ups with HP sauce. Or simply hand cooked potato crisps.

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Ilkley Brewery / Mary Jane

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Pale
Producer
Ilkley Brewery
Origin
England

Award-winning pale ale. Intensely refreshing, with citrus aroma and balanced bitterness.

Food match Drink with: Fish & Chips / Pasta / Friends

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Long Man American Pale

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ABV
4.8%
Style
Light Amber
Producer
Long Man Brewery
Origin
England

Made using only the choicest U.S. hops this triplehopped American Pale Ale has a pleasant citrus fruit aroma and characteristic robust bitterness.

Food match APA’s robust nature means it can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods, the strong hoppy flavours complement a host of traditional English and meat dishes such as meat pie, strong cheddar or a classic pub burger!

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Purity Brewing Co. / Bunny Hop

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Pale/White Gold
Producer
Purity Brewing Co.
Origin
United Kingdom

An innovative cask ale that perfectly balances a low ABV with bold hoppy flavours and aromas and combines with a dry, crisp mouth feel.

Food match Best served with spicy foods, tempura, white meats and fish. E.g white fish goujons with a spicy Szechuan dipping sauce.

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Rudgate Brewery / Shed 7 Going for Gold

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Golden, yellow
Producer
Rudgate Brewery
Origin
England

A golden coloured ale with hints of citrus and fruity mango flavours

Food match Fruity, mango, citrus

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Fyne Ales / Avalanche

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Golden
Producer
Fyne Ales
Origin
Scotland

This true golden ale starts with stunning citrus on the nose. Well- balanced with good body and fruit balancing with a refreshing hoppy taste, it finishes with a long bittersweet aftertaste

Food match Light dishes, poultry and seafood.

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Greene King / St Edmunds

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Blonde, Light Gold
Producer
Greene King
Origin
UK

Fresh golden beer with a citrus finish, brewed using pale malt and Cascade hops

Food match Fish, Chicken, Pork

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Oakham Ales / CITRA

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Pale, Gold
Producer
Oakham Ales
Origin
UK

A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish.

Food match Excellent with spicy Oriental dishes.

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Amber

Black Isle / Ursa Major

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Deep glowing amber with creamy head
Producer
Black Isle
Origin
Scotland

medium body, roasted malt, slight toffee, biscuit

Food match Steak, roast meats, hearty pies, strong cheddars

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SA Brain & Co / Reverend James Original

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Mahogany
Producer
SA Brain & Co
Origin
Wales

The Rev. James Original is rich and well-balanced with a mellow malty flavour that unexpectedly gives way to a clean, refreshing finish.

Food match Cheese, hearty meats, nutty dishes

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Fuller’s / Red Fox

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ABV
4.3%
Style
Tawny red
Producer
Fuller’s
Origin
United Kingdom

forest fruit, biscuit and caramel with the tang of blackberry, toast and marmalade.

Food match Rich, creamy and toasted

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Peerless Brewing / Knee-Buckler IPA

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ABV
5.2%
Style
Golden/Amber
Producer
Peerless Brewing
Origin
United Kingdom

BITTER-SWEET, TROPICAL, CITRUS,

Food match Oily fish such as salmon fillet or lightly spiced dishes such as Chilli Chicken.

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Robinsons / Dark Vader

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ABV
4.0%
Style
Red
Producer
Robinsons
Origin
England

Surrender to the dark side, toffee, biscuit malt & citrus flavours will render you defenceless against the all-conquering Red power of Dark Vader

Food match Steak, Casseroles, Sausage and Mash … Red Meats

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Dark

Nicholson's / Porter

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ABV
5%
Style
Dark
Producer
St Austell Brewery
Origin
UK

Nicholson’s Porter is a strong, rich and complex porter. Expect fruit, toffee and spicy aromas before oak and delicate vanilla flavours come through with a nutty, roasted finish.

Food match Nicholson’s Porter pairs perfectly with a spicy chilli. For a dessert, partner it with a mouth-puckering raspberry coulis or a cheese board with Cornish Yarg.

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BAD Company Brewery - Dazed & Confused

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ABV
5.5%
Style
Dark
Producer
BAD Company Brewery
Origin
England

Velvety, creamy delight with smash hits of chocolate, toffee and crystal malts.

Food match Enjoy with hearty foods, cheeses and sweet treats

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Great Yorkshire / Blackout

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Dark, Black
Producer
Great Yorkshire
Origin
UK

We're right chuffed with our porter. This 18th century London beer style is brewed with 100% English ingredients and showcases the delicious flavours of chocolate and vanilla - by 'eck it's addictive.

Food match Red Meat Dishes

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Wychwood Brewery / Hobgoblin

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Ruby, Dark
Producer
Wychwood Brewery
Origin
Oxfordshire, UK

Balanced, rounded, fruity & dark

Food match The rich chocolatey flavours call for sweeter foods such as meat pies; pork pies; hamburgers; roasts; nuts; char-grilled vegetables

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Black Sheep / Rye Mild

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ABV
4.1%
Style
Dark Ruby
Producer
Black Sheep
Origin
Yorkshire

Rye Mild is brewed with a balance of darker malts and roasted rye for a distinct, slightly spicy flavour whilst the Chinook & Challenger hops provide a light and fruity nose. All all-day dark session ale.

Food match Pair with Lamb Tagine with the juicy hops cutting through the spice and the rye adding a roasted depth of flavour.

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Moles Brewing Co / Mole Catcher

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ABV
5.0%
Style
Dark Copper
Producer
Moles Brewing Co
Origin
England

Full bodied strong ale with a spicy hop aroma and long bitter finish

Food match Roast Beef, Lamb or game or grilled meats

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Saltaire Brewery / Triple Chocoholic

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ABV
4.8%
Style
Black velvet with a tight, creamy head
Producer
Saltaire Brewery
Origin
UK

A creamy, roast chocolate stout with a delicious bitter finish and a rich chocolate aroma.

Food match The sweeter notes of the beer pair beautifully with the spiciness of chilli con carne.

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