The Bailey Head (Freehouse)
22 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Lots of ex colleagues and good friends in attendance along with some excellent beers. Pleasant couple of hours.
|Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan||3.50||A little thin on body but some wonderfully delicate spice and herb flavours coming through other than the perfectly balanced malt and hops. Superb condition. A masterpiece.|
|Oakham - Citra||4.20||One of the best examples of this beer I have tried.|
|Nottingham - Robin Hood Ale||3.90||A fine English style bitter. Good body, good balance, perfect condition. Bordering on outstanding.|
|Castle Rock - Sherwood Reserve||4.50||If only all stouts tasted like this. Smooth and without any of the harsh acidity I normally associate with this beer type. Dark flavours, fruit and vanilla in abundance and balance. Excellent.|
19 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Quiet market day afternoon / early evening.
|Oakham - Bishops Farewell||4.60||Great example of this top beer.|
|Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)||3.80||Crackingly good English bitter, refreshing with a sharp finish. Malt and hops in good balance. Good condition and presentation. |
|Salopian - Free Fall||3.80||Refreshing golden session ale, excellent condition and presentation.|
16 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Peaceful Sunday afternoon spent in good company.
|Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPA||3.50||I sometimes wonder if my palate is different to every body else's. I found this beer had a powerful smoky and peppery taste and a good clean bitter finish. Excellent at 3.5%.|
|Blackjack - Devilfish||5.00||An overpowering aroma of pencil sharpenings. An arty / farty new style of beer that doesn't really work for me. Certainly pale and with a light orangey / citrus flavour. Undoubtedly it will be a great success.|
15 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
I think everybody has gone away for their Easter break. Quite quiet for a Saturday evening.
|Crouch Vale - Citra||3.90||Exactly what it says on the tin - a quality citra ale.|
|Salopian - Chicane||4.10||Typically Salopian.|
|Mad Dog - Stouty McStoutface||4.50||Not a stout fan, usually far too heavy and full on for me. This however was quite light on the palate and consequently enjoyable.|
14 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
A busy Easter Good Friday spent with good company.
|Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale||4.40||A chestnut coloured Midland's style bitter with a semi dry finish.|
|Rowton - Area 51||5.10||A strong, citra type ale. A bit too resinous for me. Nevertheless, good body, good condition and well presented. |
08 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Gets busier and busier each weekend.
|Oakham - The Hare and the Hedgehog||3.90||First tried this four years ago and I haven't changed my opinion - another Oakham ale!|
|Castle Rock - Thompson's Cave Battle of Arras||4.00||An OK brown beer.|
07 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Lots of things going on, very busy. Good to see.
|Blackjack - Mosaic Light||3.70||Plenty of flavour in this low abv beer.|
|Salopian - Freeze Frame||4.80||Typically Salopian but a surprise in the aftertaste with some mandarin and caramel hints.|
05 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Pleasant two or three pints in good company.
|Oakham - Bishops Farewell||4.60||An excellent example of this favourite Oakham ale.|
|Blackjack - Bramling Cross||4.00||Described as an English bitter. I would say an English bitter plus some good berry and chocolate / coffee flavours. Not over complex, good body and balance. |
|Black Brook - Slinky||3.50||Plenty of flavour in this unfined, 3.5% beer. Usual good presentation and condition.|
01 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Unfortunately only a quick visit, nevertheless good company and friendly banter.
|Oakham - Citra||4.20||Still at the top of its game. Excellent condition and presentation.|
|Mad Dog - Now in a Minute||4.20||A classic and very good red ale.|
31 Mar 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Busy Friday evening.
|Mad Dog - Third Eye Blind||3.80||Plenty of flavour from this lower abv beer. Best of the night for me. |
|Black Brook - Mt. Hood||4.10||American session IPA? Unfined and hazy. Not sure what to make of this.|
|Pig & Porter - Strong Pale No. 2||5.20||Strong, pale and uninspiring.|