Cambridge Beer Festival

It’s the 37th Cambridge Beer Festival this week and so far I’ve managed to get to a couple of sessions, one on Monday evening and the other yesterday lunch. I’ll be working tonight, hopefully on the foreign beer bar and all day Saturday, so if you’re around, drop by and say hello.

  • RateBeer Thornbridge
  • Kipling, 5.2% (1/2 pint)
  • Not had this one before and it was a bit of a revelation, really, really nice.
  • RateBeer BrewDog
  • Punk IPA, 6.2% (1/2 pint)
  • This was really disapointing, it was the end of the cask and the hops were having a bit of a holiday.
  • RateBeer Potbelly
  • Eastfield IPA, 7.5% (1/2 pint)
  • another disapointing beer this one, it had a nasty green apple (Acetaldehyde) right in the middle of the taste. Not sure if a bit more conditioning would have got rid of it or not. It was a shame as it would probably have been quite nice otherwise.
  • RateBeer Cairngorm
  • Trade Winds, 4.3% (1/2 pint)
  • I didn’t think this one was as good as the bottles I’ve had in the past, which was a shame.
  • RateBeer Sambrooks
  • Wandle, 3.8% (1/2 pint)
  • I thought this was a nice and plesant session beer.
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Royal, 4.1% (1/2 pint)
  • Disapointing this one, I know they are a new brewery and everything, but… It didn’t have any condition and was all malt driven with hardly any hop character.
  • RateBeer Hopshackle
  • Double Momentum, 7% (1/2 pint)
  • Delicious, I serious considered throwing a sickie so I could stay and drink some more…

Hopshackle Double MomentumThornbridge JaipurCrouch Vale Amarillo

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