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Ashford Rugby Club Beer Festival 2005 (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadGood1
Burton Bridge - Golden DeliciousAcceptable1
Triple fff - MoondanceAcceptable1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow HammerAcceptable1
Salopian - Heaven SentAcceptable1
Wem (formerly Hanby) - All SeasonsPoor1
Teignworthy - Reel AlePoor1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Raven AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Titanic - White Star (superseded by 4.5% version - see separate entry)Not Tried0
Rooster's - SpecialNot Tried0
Batemans - Dark MildNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - GoldNot Tried0
RCH - Double HeaderNot Tried0

Visits Details

04 Sep 2005 (Ian)
A bit of a surprise this one. Did not know it was on until Sunday lunchtime, so rushed down and still found 15 beers on gravity. They were on the warm side and a touch flat as the festival had started the day before and I believe had around 20 beers on at its height. Good effort though and I enjoyed sitting by the pitch watching the women's rugby match which Ashford unfortunately lost. Hog roast was also on. Beers were amazingly only £1 a pint and then free at the end
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60GoodAmber good hop nose, bit sherberty. Some orange and citrus. More orange citrus in mouth leads to a crisp finish
Burton Bridge - Golden Delicious3.80AcceptableGolden colour thin white head. Bit of hay on nose some green apple acids, then some toffee, caramel leading to caramel smooth finish. Nose is not too attractive but otherwise this is ok
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Yellow Hammer4.20AcceptableOrange coloured beer, honey and ginger aroma, smooth in mouth with good spicey hop finish. Bit watery in mouth but quite nice
Salopian - Heaven Sent4.50AcceptableOrange, amber colour with bubbly white head. Not sure what to make of this. Some citrus and banana, with more banana on palate. Spicey finish, not a lot of hop except on end.
Triple fff - Moondance4.20AcceptableDark copper colour, no head. Sweetish nose with spicey hop bit of golden syrup, bit sweet. Spicey hop on end with a little brown sugar?
Wem (formerly Hanby) - All Seasons4.20PoorOrange colour slightly cloudy, on the way out I think. Some hop, dusty, earthy flavour, some dry hop on the finish
Teignworthy - Reel Ale4.00PoorOrange thin bubbly off white head. Cut grass aromas, green apple, earthy hops. Sweetish in mouth, touch of toffee, end is sweetish and a little unpleasant
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Raven Ale3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Titanic - White Star (superseded by 4.5% version - see separate entry)4.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Special3.90Not Tried
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Gold3.90Not Tried
RCH - Double Header5.30Not Tried

About the Ashford Rugby Club Beer Festival 2005

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent-
Good1
Acceptable4
Poor2

The Beer Festival is found in Ashford, Kent, TN24 8QQ.

Ashford rugby club is just off the A28 coming out of Ashford towards Canterbury. Several rugby pitches are served by a red brick clubhouse. To one side a white marquee had been erected to store the cask beers served on gravity. Clubhouse has Spitfire on handpull and Masterbrew Smooth on keg as its regular bitters.

We have visited this Beer Festival once, seen 15 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 8QQ