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Ealing Beer Festival 2008 - Beer on Broadway (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - White DwarfExcellent1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - American Pale AleExcellent1
Goose Eye - Chinook BlondeExcellent1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow HammerGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Four GrainsGood1
Elland - Midsummer Night's PorterGood1
Phoenix - Pale MoonlightGood1
Cairngorm - Black GoldAcceptable1
Milton - Babylon StoutAcceptable1
Kelham Island - Golden EagleAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterAcceptable1
Great Orme - Welsh BlackPoor1
Mauldons - Micawber's MildPoor1

Visits Details

02 Jul 2008 (Ian)
I got here on the first day mid afternoon and met up with Duff from Ratebeer and the RealAle shop in Twickenham, plus Maria and Tom from Ratebeer too. Spent 5 hours drinking a mixture of UK and foreign beers and generally enjoying myself.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - White Dwarf4.30ExcellentAwesome, so hoppy. Sherbert. It's great.
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - American Pale Ale5.00ExcellentAmber/red colour with lasting beige head. Blimey, that's hoppy. Bit syrupy on the malts. I mean completely unbalanced, but a huge amount of grapefruity american hop. Stunning. Malts are a bit too sweet maybe.
Goose Eye - Chinook Blonde4.20ExcellentClear gold, thin white head. Some dustiness on the Chinook hops. Lovely fruits. Melon and passionfruit. Bit thin on malts. Great hops though.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow Hammer4.20GoodSurprisingly I've never had this on cask. Gold, thin white head. Actually it is very distinctive, some banana on it, even some bubblegum. Pretty good British wheat beer. Some lemon. Really quite subtle, different and enjoybable.
Phoenix - Pale Moonlight4.20GoodCopper, lasting beige head. Bit buttery maybe. Some elderflower maybe. Good condition in mouth. Decent elderflower. Shame about the butter. Really herby though.
Elland - Midsummer Night's Porter4.50GoodBlack with thin beige head. Good dry malt on aroma. Dry and some smoke on end. Good in mouth, good flavours. Some fruit, like dried plums. Cool. Fine.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Four Grains4.50GoodGold, thin bubbly off white head. Little bit of sulphur on aroma, but the malts are good. It's actually a really satisfying best bitter. Good fullness. Nice bitterness which lasts on the finish.
Cairngorm - Black Gold4.40AcceptableBlack with thin tan head. Bit of liquorice on aroma. Thick and syrupy in mouth, some coffee and choc, but this dry liquorice comes through. Not great for me.
Kelham Island - Golden Eagle4.20AcceptableGold, thin white head. Floral hop aroma, pretty standard golden beer, bit lacking on malts. Not enough hops. It's alright, no real interest.
Milton - Babylon Stout4.40AcceptableVery deep brown with thin bubbly beige head. Coffee/choc aroma. It's fine. Some juiciness in mouth. Some lacticness. Decent cereal/malt, not my favourite Milton beer.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80AcceptableClear copper, thin off white head. It's a pretty standard bitter. Some drinkability, some citrus. Just a little empty on the malts. Some yeastiness.
Mauldons - Micawber's Mild3.50PoorReally looking forward to this. Very dark brown with thin beige head. Oxidised. Flat. No condition. Over vented. Really watery and just poor.
Great Orme - Welsh Black4.00PoorClear dark reddy brown, thin beige head. Eggy yeast. Some fruit, damson/cherry. Some good choc. Juicy and grainy. Slightly farty which puts me off, not that good and I think I poured some away.

About the Ealing Beer Festival 2008 - Beer on Broadway

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent3
Good4
Acceptable4
Poor2

Website.

The Beer Festival is found in Ealing, Greater London, W5 5BG.

This year in the Walpole Park only 10 mins walk from Ealing Broadway railway station. A tent for seating, and two for beer arranged alphabetically. Plenty of beers to choose from including a good foreign beer stand.

We have visited this Beer Festival once, seen 13 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: W5 5BG