Nicholson’s Seasonal Ale Library

Winter 2017 - 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

Rooster’s Brewing Co. Citra

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ABV
4.1%
Style
Pale gold
Producer
Rooster’s Brewing Co.
Origin
England

Tropical fruit flavours abound in this quaffable pale ale that shows the Citra hop off in all its glory. Aromas of mandarin orange and mango are back up by a soft grapefruit finish.

Food match Roast chicken

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Inveralmond brewery / Thai PA

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ABV
5.2%
Style
Bright straw
Producer
Inveralmond brewery
Origin
UK

A tropical IPA enlivened with the use of diced fresh chillies and split lemongrass for an exotic and refreshing pint

Food match Would be a great pint to go with a nice piece of fish like monkfish or sea bass

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Reunion Ales / Opening Gambit

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Lustrous gold
Producer
Reunion Ales
Origin
UK

Biscuity malt with peel notes and balanced bitterness

Food match Rump steak or pie & mash

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Adnams & Yeastie Boys - White Lies

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Pale gold
Producer
Adnams & Yeastie Boys
Origin
Southwold, Suffolk

A pale gold white porter with aromas and flavours of chocolate, tropical fruit from the hops, and brioche.

Food match Great with steak and kidney pie or served alongside panna cotta

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Exmoor Ales / Exmoor Gold

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Golden Ale
Producer
Exmoor Ales
Origin
England

Hugely refreshing & easy drinking, the original Golden Ale

Food match Great with pork, brilliant with ‘bangers’ & perfect with BBQ’s

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Oakham Ales / Jeffrey Hudson Bitter

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ABV
3.8%
Style
Pale Gold
Producer
Oakham Ales
Origin
UK

A light gold beer whose aroma is dominated by characteristic citrus notes. Hops and fruit on the palate are balanced by malt and a bitter base leading to a dry, hoppy finish with soft fruit flavours.

Food match Thai Dishes and Spice

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Skinner’s Brewery / Porthleven

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ABV
4.8%
Style
Straw – coloured
Producer
Skinner’s Brewery
Origin
UK

Straw-coloured and zesty, with strong citrus aromas, starting with a zip of lemon and lime in the mouth, and ending with a flash of passion fruit.

Food match Spicy food, smoked meats and kebabs

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Shipyard / Steam

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ABV
4.1%
Style
Golden Beer
Producer
Shipyard
Origin
UK

Shipyard Steam is a light golden ale. The crisp, clean hoppiness is counterbalanced by a dry spiced nutty texture and a sweet fruity aroma.

Food match Mac & cheese or a spicy hot dog

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Amber

Firebird Brewing Co. / Parody

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ABV
4.5%
Style
Mid Amber
Producer
Firebird Brewing Co.
Origin
UK

Citrus, Mango, Lychee aroma, full malt taste, moderate bitterness

Food match BBQ Meats, Curries

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Hook Norton / Hooky

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ABV
3.5%
Style
Auburn, Light Amber
Producer
Hook Norton
Origin
Oxfordshire

A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose and malty on the palate, the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.

Food match Welsh rarebit

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Dark

Rudgate Brewery - Instant Pleasures

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ABV
4.9%
Style
Clear, Red
Producer
Rudgate Brewery
Origin
England

A premium fruity red ale with toasted malts, fresh fruity hop aromas and a twist of zest to finish

Food match Fantastic with traditional pies, Chicken Caesar salad and Sticky Toffee pudding.

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Fyne Ales / Maverick

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ABV
4.2%
Style
Bramling Cross, Challanger
Producer
Fyne Ales
Origin
Scotland

Coppery red in colour, aroma is berries and caramel, malt fruit and caramel on palate And finishes with balanced blackcurrant note.

Food match Ideal for pub classics such as steak pie and chips, haggis, sausage and mash.

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Glamorgan Brewing / Welsh Stout Cake

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ABV
4.3%
Style
Rich Dark
Producer
Glamorgan Brewing
Origin
Wales

Rich & sweet with subtle notes of roasted malt & winter fruits.

Food match Chocolate Pudding or Oysters

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Trawlerboys / Best Bitter

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ABV
4.6%
Style
Copper
Producer
Trawlerboys
Origin
England

Rich and malty with fruity hop flavours.

Food match Scotch Eggs, Pies and Steaks

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Hobsons Brewery / Champion Mild

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ABV
3.2%
Style
Rosewood
Producer
Hobsons Brewery
Origin
UK

Our champion Mild has a smooth character and taste notes of chocolate malt, which gives this beer plenty of flavour and belies its strength. A British classic crafted to our brewers special recipe makes this a nutty mild and despite being only 3.2% abv it's packed full of flavour.

Food match Particularly good with all curries and a perfect match to Shropshire Blue cheese, also great match with sweet things such as florentines, brownies and black forest gateaux.

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Kirkstall Brewery - Black Abbey

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ABV
4%
Style
Black, light creamy head
Producer
Kirkstall Brewery
Origin
Yorkshire!

Full-bodied, slight burnt coffee

Food match Oysters, Beef Bourguignon

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Stonehenge Brewery / Old Smokey

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ABV
5%
Style
Black
Producer
Stonehenge Brewery
Origin
England

A full bodied black porter with a roasted malt taste and a hint of liquorice surrounding a developing bitter flavour

Food match Steak, Lamb, Stew, Roast, Fish

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Truman’s / Fine & Dandy

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ABV
5%
Style
Brown
Producer
Truman’s
Origin
England

Creamy, Brandy, Nutmeg, Cacao

Food match Classic roast dinner

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