Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Marsden beer festival's ale list

Marsden Beer Festival is just around the corner (Thursday, October 31- Saturday, November 2).
We posted the date in a festival round up a week or so ago, but today the beer list arrived, courtesy of The Bloke from Hull.
I've been a few times to this event and have good memories of it, having had one of my favourite Mallinsons specials here, Icy Blast.
Alas they are not on the 20-strong beer list this time but there is a fair selection of beers from near and far: from Empire, of Slaithwaite to Coastal, of Cornwall.
The festival is Marsden Mechanics Hall, which memory tells me is above the library and not far from The Riverhead pub in the centre of Marsden.
It's free to get in and the organisers are doing a special deal for brewers and CAMRA members on beer tokens for the opening night (Thursday, 6pm). Instead of the usual £2.80 a pint it will be a measly £2 on production of a current CAMRA card. Halves go from £1.40 to £1. Bargain Thursday!
Without further ado, here's the beer list and tasting notes:
Liverpool Organic, Best Bitter, Liverpool, 4.2%, Golden: Hoppy bitterness balanced with pale malts: crisp, refreshing finish with a hint of citrus fruit.
Abbeydale, Brimstone, Sheffield, 3.9%, Russet: Well balanced beer, russet in colour brewed with Amarillo hops.
Empire, Beard Singe'r, Slawit, 3.9%, Pale: Delightful, pale ale, delicately hopped giving a clean refreshing taste leading to a tongue tingling finish.
Titanic, Plum Porter, Stoke, 4.9%, Dark: A dark, well rounded porter. Brewed with Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring. A real winter warmer.
Milltown, American Pale, Huddersfield, 4.0%, Pale: A superb easy drinking pale ale brewed with a selection of American hops.
White Horse, Village Idiot, Faringdon 4.1%, Bonde: Well hopped with Challenger/Bramling Cross hops and brewed with pale malts. Light and fruity.
Springhead, Maid Marian, Notts, 4.5%, Pale: Well balanced pale coloured beer with the addition of fresh oranges to give a citrus fruit aftertaste.
RawBlonde, Chesterfield, 3.9%, Blonde: Refreshing pale ale brewed with German hops to give that dry lager style beer.
MedievalDragon Slayer, Notts, 8.0%, Dark: Dark, ominous premium strength ale…at 8% it’s not for the fain hearted…….Beware!!!!
Walls Brewery, Gundog, Northallerton, 3.8%, Amber: A traditional bitter, amber in colour with a full hoppy flavour.
Coastal, Faeries Gold, Cornwall, 4.2%, Golden: A delightful golden ale with a smooth mouth-feel and a long lingering aftertaste.
Otley Brewing, Oxymoron, South Wales, 5.5%, Dark: Black IPA style bitter using German carafa malt and five different hops. And finally dry hopped.
Kirby Lonsdale, Singletrack, Cumbria, 4.0% Pale: Super intense citrus and floral aromas, highly hopped with a bitter finish from the use of new world hops.
Springhead, Bees Knees, Notts, 3.9%, Golden: A pale golden coloured beer brewed with local honey giving a fruity aroma and a hoppy finish. An easy drinking session ale.
Goffs, Merlin, Gloucestershire, 4.3%, Straw: Golden yellow ale with spicy citrus taste and floral hoppy aromas. Easy drinking and refreshing.
Empire, Robo Hop, Slawit, 4.0%, Pale: An easy drinking pale ale brewer with plenty of hops to give citrus tones and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
RCH Brewery, Hewish IPA, Weston, 3.6%, Lt Brown: Lightly hopped bitter with a subtle sweetness and fruitful taste. Floral, citrus hop aroma which lasts well to the finish.
Wentworth, Yankee Doodle, Rotherham, 4.8%, Pale: Smooth drinking American pale ale with a crisp, hoppy taste and an easy finish.
Great Oakley, Wot's Occuring?, Northhants, 3.9%, Golden: Mid golden session bitter with a bitter-sweet mouth feel and a subtle hop finish.
Milltown, Jack'o'Lantern, Huddersfield, 4.2%, Dark: An ominously dark mysterious Halloween ale with a smooth, silky taste with a little of something about the night!!!!!

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