O’Hanlons Yellowhammer

Drunk at The Keeper's Cottage, just outside of Cullompton, Devon, England in the Summer of 2007 - from notes. The Keeper's Cottage is a pub that I know very well. Growing up as a young drinker we would sometimes make the short trip out there for a couple of pints. To be honest, the place has seen better days and looks a little run down to me. Weird looking beer! Yellow hammer is certainly appropraite as this almost looks a little like a Hefe without the huge head! Really, murky yellow pour...

Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003-2008)

8.5 fl oz. bottle, 2004 vintage, serial No. P 58218, Green's, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. $5.95. Label says 11.7 % ABV. It's probably close to eight years ago that I last drink this, so my memories of the stuff earlier than 1998 are a little faded, but even if that is the case I was still bitterly disappointed by the bottle of the 2004 vintage that I recently drank. Very unattractive pour on three levels. Firstly the color was that of stale, cold tea, secondly there was a suspicious...

Royal Oak Pale Ale

Dark, reddish body with a substantial off-white foamy head. Some swirling yeast in the body that settles quickly to give a great looking brew that tempts the senses. Definitely has a warm feel about it, both in the appearance and the aroma. A distinct toasty smell with some hops. Very full in the mouth with the malts coming through strong to give balance. I was surprised at how dry the finish was. Much more so than I remember from drinking this in the past. A new recipe or some other departure...

O’Hanlons Organic Rye

Super. Much less Rye in the taste than others that use it, in fact this really sits in my own category of classic English bitters. Two separate reviews in one here. First the pour without the yeast; lovely, quite lively carbonated, golden pour. Small head and lots of smooth bitterness up font. Delicious balance with a biting finish and warming aftertaste. Secondly the pour with the sediment; obviously alters the appearance and cuts back on the bitterness, but still absolutely delicious....

O’Hanlon’s The Original Ruby Stout

$3.99 for the 1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz Brown Bottle. Arbor Beverage Depot, Douglasville, GA, USA. Presented in a Brown Bottle with a best before date of 07/21/04. Poured a deep reddish/brown color with a very light, frothy head that was persistant. The head had a cream color. The carbonation seemed to be excessive at first but didn't drink that way. No excessive gas, a good "chewable" head. This brew is an excellent example of a light, dry stout. The lack of heaviness led to me giving it a 5 on the...