Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The best of Wakefield Beer Festival 2013

The results are in for Wakefield Beer Festival 2013
Bob Wallis, from Wakefield CAMRA, has kindly been in touch with the results from their recent beer festival at The Space.
Fernandes Brewery was top of the festival goers' choice with Black Voodoo. I'm pretty sure this beer was on gravity, so to take out the top prize while on stillage is pretty remarkable.
Brown Cow's Thriller in Vanilla Porter came second, with Grafton's Apricot Jungle Third.
A couple of Huddersfield beers also made the top ten, with Riverhead's Sherbert Lemon in at nine and The Rat's White Rat at ten.
I'll turn this over to Bob:
Here are the Top Ten Cask Ales from our festival:
1. Fernandes, Black Voodoo, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 5.1%. Black moreish beer with a chocolate, orangey, vanilla flavour coming through.
2. Brown Cow, Thriller in Vanilla Porter, Barlow, North Yorkshire. 5.1%. A scrumptious rich porter brewed with fresh vanilla pods complimenting the complex dark malts. A Thriller in Vanilla that packs a punch!
3. Grafton, Apricot Jungle, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. 4.8%. A golden ale made from Challenger and Beata Hops and infused with Apricot, a unique fruit flavoured beer.
4. Grafton, Coco Loco, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. 5.0%. Dark Beer with a rich roast flavours infused with subtle taste of coconut.
5. Tigertops, Golden Hop Flanshaw, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 4.6%. A golden hoppy ale
6. Five Towns, Five Years, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 7.0%. A full-bodied, strong pale ale with tropical fruit flavours.
7. Enville, Ginger Enville, Staffordshire. 4.6%. A golden bright, gently gingered beer with no acute flavours but a satisfying aftertaste of sweet hoppiness.
8. Foxfield, Elusive Brown Ale, Foxfield, Cumbria. 4.4%. A gentle brown ale with some sweetness at the start,a rising bitterness in the middle and a gentle finish.
9. Riverhead, Sherbert Lemon, Marsden, West Yorkshire. 4.0%. A Light and refreshing lager colour clear wheat beer flavoured with lemon grass & lime leaves, plenty of citrus hops to provide a thirst quenching pint.
10. Rat, White Rat, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. 4.0%. This very pale, hoppy ale made from low colour Maris Otter malt. A combination of 3 high alpha American hops produce an intensely aromatic & resinous finish.

110 of 120 cask ales featured at least in somebody's nomination, so only ten got no votes at all; Some beers were "a bit Marmite" receiving both praise and condemnation from different festival goers!
Now that so many festival goers take part in the nomination it is worth sorting into categories. 

The top standard bitters (up to 3.9%) were:
1. XT, XT4, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire. 3.8%. An amber beer with a special Belgian malt and a fruity mix of American and European hops. Very addictive, and our flagship beer.
2. Jolly Sailor, Bullseye Bitter, Riccall, North Yorkshire. 3.8%. A dark amber coloured bitter which is clean tasting, and malty brew.
3. Bosun's, Maiden Voyage, Horbury, West Yorkshire. 3.9%. A tradition northern English ale amber in colour, moderately bittered using Fuggles English hops.


The top best bitters (up to 4.9%) were:

1. Tigertops, Golden Hop, Flanshaw, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 4.6%. A golden hoppy ale.
2. Rat, White Rat, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. 4.0%. This very pale, hoppy ale made from low colour Maris Otter malt. A combination of 3 high alpha American hops produce an intensely aromatic & resinous finish.
3. Bob's Brewing Co, Super Chief, Ossett, West Yorkshire. 4.6%. A well-hopped golden beer with a blend of U.S Chinook and Centennial hops.


The top strong bitters (5% and over) were:

1. Five Towns, Five Years, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 7.0%. A full-bodied, strong pale ale with tropical fruit flavours.
2. James & Kirkman, Inter Planetary Ale, Pontefrac,t West Yorkshire. 7.4%. Deep Copper IPA. Mouth filling, sweet and malty. Intense hoppy and malty finish.
3. Pheasantry, Dancing Dragonfly, East Markham, Nottinghamshire. 5.05. A refreshing, blonde, summer ale with low to medium bitterness and medium sweetness. The blend of galaxy, summit and cascade hops gives this ale citrus and exotic fruit flavours.


The top milds were:

1. Foxfield, Elusive Brown Ale, Foxfield Cumbria. 4.4%. A gentle brown ale with some sweetness at the start, a rising bitterness in the middle and a gentle finish.
2. Fullers Gale's, HSB, Chiswick, London. 4.8%. Dates and dried fruit with some spicy hops in the nose add to the caramelised orange and treacle in the flavour of this smooth, brown beer. Malty throughout with a bittersweet finish.
3. Cap House, Winter Warmer, Batley, West Yorkshire. 4.2% A smooth traditional brown coloured ale, with a slight hint of coffee/dark chocolate and passion fruit undertones, joint with Jolly Sailor, Cue Brew, Riccall, North Yorkshire. 4.0%. Dark and mild, there is a taste of roast barley with a little malt mixed in for good measure.


The top in the Stout, Porter and Barley Wine category were:

1. Fernandes, Black Voodoo, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 5.1%. Black moreish beer with a chocolate, orangey, vanilla flavour coming through.
2. Brown Cow, Thriller in Vanilla Porter, Barlow, North Yorkshire. 5.1%. A scrumptious rich porter brewed with fresh vanilla pods complimenting the complex dark malts. A Thriller in Vanilla that packs a punch!
3. Riverhead, Liquorice Stout, Marsden, West Yorkshire. 5.0%. A rich malty stout, full of roast flavours compliments by the addition of fine yorkshire liquorice finished with subtle spicy notes.


The top Speciality Beers were:

1. Grafton, Apricot Jungle, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. 4.8%. A golden ale made from Challenger and Beata Hops and infused with Apricot, a unique fruit flavoured beer.
2. Grafton, Coco Loco, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. 5.0%. Dark Beer with a rich roast flavours infused with subtle taste of coconut.
3. Enville, Ginger, Enville, Staffordshire. 4.6% A golden bright, gently gingered beer with no acute flavours but a satisfying aftertaste of sweet hoppiness.

2 comments:

neil, eatingisntcheating.co.uk said...

Isn't Fuller's HSB a bitter not a mild? I'd even say best bitter at that strength.

Anonymous said...

I would totally agree with you - as HSB stands for Horndean Special Bitter