Beer list and tasting notes

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Here is the final, updated list of the 104 ales we will have available. Last minute additions are shown in italics and those beers we have been unable to source have been crossed through.

We’ve improved the bar numbering this year and beers are listed by bar number to help you find everything. The beers on gravity are mostly in alphabetical order by brewery. Certain beers have been selected to be put on hand pump on bars 1 and 4, as detailed below.

We’ve continued to add to the range, extending the number of porters, stouts and lager styles, which have proved very popular in the last two years. Similarly you’ll find fruity beers again, wheat beers, and even a ginger beer. We hope you enjoy them!

Key: B – Bitter, SB – Strong Bitter, G – Gold, M – Mild, PS – Porter/stout, BW – Barley Wine, S – Speciality

BAR 1    GRAVITY BEERS

BLUE MONKEY, Giltbrook, Notts, England

Guerrilla                   4.9%                                   PS
A hearty 4.9% beer full of malty complexity balanced by a robust bitter bite.

Infinity                     4.6%                                   B
Pale ale, brewed with Citra hops from the USA for a punchy hop presence.

BRECON BREWING, Brecon, Powys, Wales.

Jazzy Beacons          3.8%                                  G
A malty golden ale with a floral hop

Three Beacons           3.0%                                 B
Pale golden full flavoured extensively hopped. Maris Otter Pale Ale and Cara malts, Malted Oats; a blend of 8 UK and US hops.

BRENTWOOD, Brentwood, Essex, England

Chockwork Orange    6.5%                                  S
A deep chocolate, malty beer brewed with oranges to give it that extra pazazz and matured to create a classic ‘old ale’ style.

BRISTOL BEER FACTORY, Bristol, England.

Independence             4.6%                                B
US Style pale ale. Very distinctive pale ale that has been hopped continuously throughout the boil.

Milk Stout                    4.5%                                PS
Smooth chocolatey sweetness and balancing coffee bitterness with hints of dark fruits. SIBA gold award.

BULLMASTIFF, Cardiff, Wales.

Son of a Bitch             6.0%                                SB
Amber-coloured, rich and warming. A complex blend of malt, hops and fruit with good bitterness and lasting finish.

CAFFLE, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Darker Side of Pale     4.4%                                B
In the style of an American well hopped pale beer.   

Drop Squint                5.2%                                 SB
Classic Pale Ale using British malt and hops. Bursting with flavour.

Kift Blond                   4.3%                                  G
Light refreshing golden ale, well hopped and zesty summer beer.                                           

CERDDIN, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.

Cross Eyed                   5.3%                               SB
A light brown full bodied matured strong bitter flavoured with bramling cross hops to give a slight sweet finish.

Cwrw Tri                      4.5%                                M
A dark, easy drinking ale, somewhere in between bitter and mild. Mainly coffee             and chocolate with liquorice on the front, with a dark and malty finish. 

DANCING DUCK, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Dark Drake                   4.5%                                PS
Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.

Nice Weather               4.1%                                 B
Copper coloured fruity summer ale, full of flavour. Blackberry, strawberry and floral rose notes in balance with a malt character.

DARK STAR, Horsham, West Sussex, England.

American Pale              4.7%                                G
Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops, Maris Otter malt. Light colour and dryness with a crisp taste and full hop aroma. CBOB 2012 Gold (Golden Ales)

Hophead                       3.8%                                G
Pale golden ale, strong floral aroma and elderflower notes.

EVERARDS, Narborough, Leicestershire, England.

Tiger                             4.2%                                B
Chestnut brown in colour; spicy hop aromas with toffee undertones.

EXMOOR ALES, Taunton, Somerset, England.

Beast                             6.6%                               PS
Aromas of toffee, treacle, mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate. Pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts, and Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold hops.

Gold                               4.5%                               G
Caramel tinged maltiness. Finish is bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit.      .                                                          

FULLERS, Chiswick, London, England.

ESB                                5.5%                               SB
Northdown, Target, Challenger & Goldings hops give grassy, peppery notes and intense citrus fruit. Pale Ale and Crystal malts for a biscuity, toffee element.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Kingstone, Herefordshire, England

Golden Valley Bitter      3.7%                               B
Good biscuit malt backbone, with toffee and a sprinkling of spiky black pepper.

Knock ’em Back             4.4%                               B
Malt dominated beer, with slight hop and fruit notes in the finish.

HASTINGS, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, England

Porter                            4.5%                                PS
Chocolate, liquorice, and deep-roasted coffee – but without the heaviness that normally confines dark beers to winter nights. SIBA Silver award (Overall).


BAR 1   HANDPUMP BEERS

BRAINS, Cardiff, Wales.

Big Smoke                    5.0%                               S
Brewed in the style of a German Rauchbier (smoked beer) using smoked malt from Bamberg. Sweet and smoky malt flavour, from Hallertau and Saaz hops.

Dark                             3.5%                              M
Treacle-coloured, brewed with a combination of chocolate, crystal and brown malts; hints of liquorice and ground coffee.

Frisco                            4.4%                               S
Pale amber, fruity with hints of caramel, a crisp bitterness and a dry biscuity finish. American hops; Cluster, Willamette and Chinook. SF Lager yeast.

Obadiah Poundage       4.5%                              PS
Dark brown – flavours of liquorice, treacle and dark caramel sweetness. Crystal & Dark Crystal malts, roast coffee flavours from Brown and Chocolate malts.

Organ Morgan              4.0%                               G
Crafted with a harmony of hops to give a clean, floral aroma and delicate citrus flavours.

SA Gold                         4.3%                               G
Full-flavoured hoppy golden ale with complex refreshing citrus aromas and flavours from late-hopping using Cascade and Styrian Goldings.

CELT EXPERIENCE, Caerphilly, Wales.

614 Annees                  8.5%                                 PS
A chocolate rye porter brewed with French Cascade hops.

Brigid Fire                     6.3%                               SB
A gripping spice backbone held by a piney bitterness. Brewed with oak smoked wheat and Biere de Garde yeast. Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Double Dose                  4.5%                               B
American Pale. Double workload/ double hops.

La Tene                          3.3%                                B
Hoppy bitter – balance of spice with dry-hopped pineapple aromas 

GOWER, Oldwalls, Swansea, Wales.

Gower Gold                    4.5%                               G
Thirst quenching golden ale, refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma of Cascade hops.

IPA                                 4.8%                               B
Full flavour hoppy IPA.

Lighthouse                    4.5%                              S
A light thirst quenching continental style lager packed with flavour.

Wheat Beer                    4.1%                              S
Cloudy wheat beer with no additives.

KITE, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales

Thunderbird                   4.5%                               B
Light dry palate with mild floral aromas and some citrus in the flavour.

WPA                                4.1%                               G
A blonde ale with fruit and sweet malt, followed by a refreshing dry finish.

MUMBLES, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales

Gold                                4.3%                              G
Well hopped, with the distinct and bold Styrian Goldings. Lemon & lime flavours linger well.

India Pale Ale                5.3%                               SB
A traditional India Pale Ale, light gold in colour and made using only Goldings and Fuggles hops, the latter giving a subtle but distinct taste and aroma.

Oystermouth Stout        4.4%                               PS
A rich creamy head and dark roasted malt flavours, with the slightest hint of the sea due to real oysters being added.

OAKHAM, Woodston, Peterborough, England

Citra                              4.2%                                 B
A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry, bitter finish. CBOB 2014 Silver winner overall.

 

BAR 2    GRAVITY BEERS

GREY TREES,  Aberaman,  Aberdare, Wales.

Caradog Bitter                 3.9%                             B
Copper in colour, with a crisp flavour and a dry finish. Crystal and Caragold Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.

Diggers Gold                    4.0%                            G
A modern golden ale — alive with fresh citrus aromas which leave a subtle bitterness. Crafted with Marris Otter Pale Malt, with US hops.

Porter                              4.6%                             PS
Smooth, rich porter. Slight roast notes. Good deep maltiness.

HEAVY INDUSTRY, Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales.

Collaborator                     5.0%                            SB
Dark red strong bitter.

Nelson’s Eye                    4.5%                             G
Brewed with Nelson’s Sauvin Hops, this golden beer uses loads for flavour and a big dry hopped aroma evoking tropical fruits, white grape skins and citrus.

Pigeon Toed Orange Peel     5.2%                       S
Orange wheat beer from Bavarian hops.                 

HOGS BACK, Tongham, Surrey, England.

T.E.A. Traditional English Ale        4.2%              B
A deep golden colour, TEA is refreshing, hoppy and well balanced. 

HOP CRAFT, Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales

Deliverance APA                 4.5%                         G
American hops give a gentle bitterness and rounded malty/hoppy flavour with a fruity hop finish. Hops: Summit, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Citra

Spanish Main                      5.9%                          PS
Muscovado sugar and black peppercorns give raisiny sweetness and a spicy hint. Hops: Herkules, Bramling Cross

Statement of Intent           5.8%                          SB
Solid malt foundation, plenty of hops before dry-hopping with 33% more than usual. Hops: CTZ, Summit, Magnum, Citra, Chinook, Galaxy, Cascade. 

HOPBACK, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Crop Circle                          4.2%                         G
Blend of aroma and bittering hops give a crispness; delicately fruity, giving way to some dryness. Flaked maize in the grist hints at crisp corn flavours. 

LONGDOG, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.

Lamplight Porter                 5.0%                        PS
Chocolate and coffee flavours come through together with a robust bitterness from English hops.

MIGHTY OAK, Malden, Essex, England.

Oscar Wilde                          3.7%                        M
Mellow, nutty, dark mild. Brewed using Maris Otter Pale, Crystal and Black malts and gently hopped with Challenger. CBOB 2011 Gold (Supreme Champion). 

MONTYS, Montgomery, Powys, Wales

Sunshine                               4.2%                       G
Golden floral hoppy ale. Won Silver in the Golden Ale category at GWBCF 2014. 

MOORHOUSE’S, Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Blonde Witch                         4.5%                       G
Moorhouse’s first ever “blonde” ale. This beer is as light as you get with a lager colour (minus the bubbles). Smooth and fruity. 

NETHERGATE, Clare, Suffolk, England.

Umbel Magna                         5.0%                      PS
Coriander added to Old Growler wort to give a spicy, deep ruby porter. CBOB 2103 Gold winner (Speciality Beers). 

OSSETT, Ossett, West Yorkshire, England

Excelsior                                 5.2%                      SB
A mellow yet full flavour that develops into a fruity dryness on the palate. A fresh hoppy aroma with citrus and floral characteristics.

Silver King                              4.3%                      S
Dry citrus lager style pale beer. A crisp, dry flavour and a fruity, citrus aroma.
 

BAR 3      GRAVITY BEERS

OAKHAM, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

Attila                                       7.5%                      BW
Fruit and elderflower aroma, with citrus and berry taste leading to a bitter fruity finish.

Green Devil IPA                      6.0%                      SB
A hop aroma with tropical fruit. Smooth, fruity start, developing into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness. Finishes with a crisp dry aftertaste. Aged/vintage ale.

OAKLEAF, Gosport, Hampshire, England.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bitter          4.9%             S
Clean and crisp with a fruity aftertaste. The use of Saaz hops gives this lager a citrus finish that lingers on. CBOB Gold winner 2011 (Speciality Beers).

ORKNEY, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland

Dark Island                            4.6%                      M
Aroma of bitter chocolate, figs, toffee and hints of fruit. Smooth coffee-and-chocolate flavours, then figs, and dried fruits with bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

OTLEY, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales.

O9 Blonde                              4.8%                       S
A clear wheat beer spiced with roasted orange peels, coriander and cloves. Good hop aromas with a subtle bitterness.

O2 Croeso                              4.2%                       G
Light golden ale full of citrus hop aromas. Dry hopped with American hops. Winner of CBOW Golden Ale category at the Great Welsh Beer festival 2012.

Oxymoron                              5.5%                       S
Black IPA style bitter. Rich, dark chocolate flavours and a lasting bitter aftertaste. German Carafa malt and 5 different hops. Dry hopped.

PEERLESS, Birkenhead, Mersyside, England

Jinja Ninja                              4.0%                      S
Ginger Beer made with fresh root ginger, chilli and lemon.  Fiery Ginger Beer.  Aroma of fresh ginger followed by a real kick from the ginger aftertaste.

Storr                                       4.8%                      S
Fresh citrus hop finish and pleasant malt backbone from lager malt & Sovereign hedgerow hops. Slow fermentation process, then a month of cold conditioning.

PILOT, Mumbles, Swansea, Wales.

Wrecker                                  5.0%                      SB
After an initial chocolate taste it develops into a clean refreshing maltiness. From newly formed Pilot Brewery. 

PURPLE MOOSE, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales.

Dark Side Of The Moose         4.6%                     M
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity bitterness from Bramling Cross hops. CBOW Silver 2014. 

SALTAIRE, Shipley, Yorkshire, England.

Blackberry Cascade                4.8%                     S
American style pale ale with the floral aromas and strong bitterness of Cascade and Centennial hops, infused with a hint of blackberries

Elderflower Blonde                 4.0%                     S
A refreshing blonde ale delicately infused with the flavour of elderflower.

Raspberry Blonde                   4.0%                     S
Refreshingly blonde ale delicately infused with raspberry flavours.

BAR 4      GRAVITY BEERS

NEATH ALES, Baglan, Neath-Port Talbot, Wales.

Rattlers Resolution                 4.8%                     S
Elderflower beer brewed in memory of much missed and well loved CAMRA member Richard Morgan.

SADLERS, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England.

Hop Bomb                                5.0%                     SB
A powerful India Pale Ale, brewed with American Amarillo and Citra Hops. Fragrant, floral, very hoppy with rounded fruit finish. 

SARAH HUGHES, Dudley, West Midlands, England.

Dark Ruby Mild                          6.0%                    M
Clear fruitiness in the aroma, followed by sweet maltiness and slightly bitter finish.

THORNBRIDGE, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.

Jaipur IPA                                  5.9%                    SB
A citrus dominated IPA, soft and smooth builds to a crescendo of hoppiness with honey. An enduring, bitter finish. CBOB Gold 2010 (Strong Bitter). 

TIMOTHY TAYLOR, Keighly, West Yorkshire, England.

Landlord                                    4.3%                    B
A Classic strong pale ale with a complex and hoppy aroma. Multi award winner. 

TITANIC, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, England.

Plum Porter                               4.9%                    PS
Dark strong and well rounded; the richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring.

VIOLET COTTAGE, Gwaelod y Garth, Wales

Shine on                                      4.0%                   G
Golden ale brewed at the Gwaelod Inn, Gwaelod y Garth. Benefits from 5 hop varieties, which give a full, sweetish, well rounded taste without being too bitter.

WAEN BREWERY, Caersws, Newtown, Wales.

Chilli Plum Porter                        6.1%                  PS
A dark velvety smooth porter, with luscious plum flavours and a chilli warmth.

Pamplemousse                            4.2%                  G
Citrus and grapefruit flavours.

Snickerdoodle                             5.0%                  SB
Ginger cookies. Chestnut red, big hop flavour. 

WEST BERKS, Yattendon, Berkshire, England

Maggs’ Magnificent Mild             3.8%                  M
Full of roast malt flavours coupled with a smooth mouth feel and gentle sweetness. SIBA South East Silver 2013 award winner among many others.

Mr Swift’s Pale Ale                     3.8%                   B
A light, straw-coloured bitter, fragrantly hoppy. The hops in the brew are a classic mix of Fuggles and Goldings over a pale malt base.  

WYE VALLEY, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England.

Butty Bach                                   4.5%                 G
Full bodied, smooth Golden ale from Maris Otter and Crystal malts, flaked barley, malted wheat, and Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops.

HPA                                              4.0%                B
Smooth on the palate, a citrus hop aroma then a bitter finish. Target and Celeia hops making a distinctive beer. Maris Otter pale malt and malted wheat.


BAR 4     HANDPUMP BEERS

NEATH ALES, Baglan, Neath-Port Talbot, Wales.

Hurricane                                     4.4%                  B
Amber to dark, hoppy (US hops).

Typhoon                                       4.2%                   B            Copper coloured, made with New Zealand hops. 

RCH, West Hewish, Somerset, England.

East Street Cream                        5.0%                 SB
Enigmatic full bodied beer, malty hoppy fruit bitter with a sweet taste, all vying for dominance in this complex premium chestnut coloured ale.

Pitchfork                                      4.3%               G
A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy taste which is slightly sweet and fruity.

ST AUSTELL, St Austell, Cornwall, England.

Proper Job                                     4.5%               G
A powerfully hopped golden IPA with citrus grapefruit flavours brewed with a single malt from Maris Otter Pale barley. SIBA Gold Premium Bitter 2014. 

SWANSEA, Bishopston, Swansea, Wales.

Bishopswood Bitter                       4.3%                B
A delicate aroma, balanced taste, with bitterness growing in the finish.

Deep Slade Dark                           4.0%               M
Dark bitter, with a roasted barley flavour.

Original Wood                               5.2%              SB
Full-bodied, with complex flavours with a firm bitter ending.

Three Cliffs Gold                           4.7%               G
Golden beer, with a hoppy, fruity taste and thirst quenching bitterness. 

TATTON, Knutsford, Cheshire, England.

Blonde                                            4.0%               G
A blonde beer with a hoppy fruity taste and a fine fruity aroma.

Gold                                                4.8%               G
A full-tasting, satisfying deep golden ale, with a generous maltiness backed up by a robust hop character.

Indian Summer                             4.0%                G
Hoppy with a zesty aroma over a dry biscuity finish.

Red Hot Poker                               6.0%                S
Spiced ruby ale – subtle ginger, orange and clove. 

TINY REBEL, Newport, Gwent, Wales

Cwtch                                           4.6%                 B
Welsh Red Ale. Citrus and tropical fruit dominate the taste that is backed up with caramel malts which balance the moderate bitterness. 6 malts, 2 US hops.

Dirty Stop Out                              5.0%                 PS
A smoked oat stout. Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of 9 malts, firmly hopped.

Fubar                                            4.4%                 B
A unique schizophrenic beer where you’ll face off against floral hoppy flavours up front, leading into a dry spicy bitterness on the back. CBOW 2014.

Loki Light                                      4.5%                G
Session IPA. Tropical aromas with crisp citrus flavours and moderate bitterness.

Urban IPA                                     5.5%                SB
A carefully crafted intercontinental blend of hops helps take traditional IPAs to the next level with Urban IPA.

TIRRIL, Long Marton, Cumbria, England

Pennine Pilsner                             6.0%                  S
Clear pale yellow pilsner, thin white head, very light citrus hop aroma, mild lemon flavour, refreshing.

TOMOS WATKIN, Llansamlet, Swansea, Wales.

Morning Glory                               4.8%                G
Full bodied golden ale from malted barley and American hops. With lemon and grapefruit flavours and a zesty citrus aroma, with a refreshing bitter taste.

Pecker Wrecker                             4.5%                B
A full-flavoured amber ale produced using the finest malted barley. A rich fruity beer with a gentle hop finish.

 

3 thoughts on “Beer list and tasting notes

  1. Mark Davis says:

    How much does a typical pint cost? Or how does the token system work please?

    • swanseacamra says:

      Hi Mark, you buy sheets of 10p tokens to pay for drinks. They are available at the tokens stall and you will also be offered some for sale with your glass and programme. The price of beers will probably range from £2.60 a pint for a light session beer to around £3.60 for a 7.5+ beer.

  2. Ian Bowler says:

    Not seeing any of the wonderful beers from ‘The Handmade Beer Company’ in Carmarthen ;-(

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