BREWER: Greene King, Suffolk, England

STYLE: Ale ?

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 500ml clear bottle

TWITTER: @greeneking

INSTAGRAM: greeneking_official 

DATE OF POST: 18th April 2021



I honestly thought that I would be able to write this review without even drinking this beer… I was fairly convinced I was going to write something along the lines of this mass produced ale is perfectly drinkable but not particularly nice.

However I was wrong.

It’s not particularly drinkable and definitely isn’t very nice. It’s a brew that isn’t very good from the first sip and progressively gets worse as you chew your way through. I did manage to finish it but really wished I hadn’t once I had. One particular low point was the beyond acrid aftertaste.

The packaging is a disaster too… as you can see from the picture at the top of this page. I mean, a picture of wax seal really is taking the piss isn’t it?

It is frankly amazing how this sells so well in the UK.

I’m out.

Jymi’s Rating: 28%



Abbot Ale from the outset is a let down.  Let’s not mince our words.  It has shocking packaging: fake wax seal and a clear bottle.  It seems to be aiming for the old world meets new look but it is missing the mark by a long way.  In fact, it’s not even registering anywhere on the scoreboard.  This is all topped by the terribly out of place purple rim around the top of the bottle.

I can hear many of you crying that a beer should not be judged by looks alone.  And that be true.  However, with Abbot Ale, it all ties in together.  You see, not only is it terrible looking, when drunk it has an awful acrid aftertaste that lingers for a while.  As you move through the beverage this gets worse and instigates the gag reflex. Abbot Ale really yanks on the old saliva glands.

The one positive I can find is the very initial taste of the very first mouthful has the slightest hint of crispness about it.  That’s it through.  It ends there.  All downhill after the first hit.

If Greene King got the marketing around this a bit sharper, I feel that AA would be a much more appealing proposition and would fit into the market more astutely.  But it doesn’t.  There are many more beers out there, small batch and mass produced, that would put AA to the sword.

It’s nearly enough to turn you off drinking.

But not quite…

Sammy’s Rating: 35%




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BREWER: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, England


ABV: 7.4%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @BuxtonBrewery

INSTAGRAM: buxtonbrewery

DATE OF POST: 11th April 2021



Sorry for the outrageous pun I’m going to begin with, but this beer really did take me on a journey!

It all began with the fantastic packaging, name and concept of this beer. The colours and tone of the label are superb and the little passport stamps of Adelaide, Buxton and L.A. are a stroke of genius. The name is just phenomenal too. It sounds like a beer name but has loads of meaning behind it. Clever. Clever clever.

Now the journey of positivity then hit a spot of turbulence. This is a three way collab between Buxton Brewery ENGLAND, Wheaty Brewing Corp AUSTRALIA and Three Weavers USA. Our label tells us this beer is brewed in these three different countries. But that is all it tells us. Surely there is more to this story? Does each brewery sell their version in their country? Or did they just get involved in the brewing for Buxton Brewery? It is a cool concept but I really want to know more!

The journey then moved to the ring pull and delving into the 7.4% big boy…

The taste at first is FULL ON and VERY DRY. Which I suppose is to be expected from a Brut IPA of this strength. The taste was wonderful but I was thinking it was all a bit too much for me to get through the 440ml of it. However as I progressed through the drink all positivity began to return to my journey as the whole thing settled right down. The dryness remained and the flavour was still there a plenty, but suddenly it was a bit softer and easier to drink.

With its bitter orange tones and eventual softness in mouth feel Buxton and chums have produced a great beer here, they really have.

Jymi’s Rating: 86%



Right, let’s begin with a couple of things before venturing to the contents of Intercontinental. Firstly, you might guess that this is not too carbonated because the can has a lot of give in it. No judgements made yet, just an observation. Secondly, the name for this beer is apt: it’s brewed in three locations around the world. And that, my friends, is what’s known in the marketing world as a cracking concept (not a technical term!).

Ok, preamble over. Onto the main event. The first surprise is that Intercontinental opens with a head, leading one to believe that there is some fizz after all. This soon dissipates though, leaving a very lightly bubbled beer behind. The next surprise is that, given its weighty alcohol content, Intercontinental is quite a light beer. That being said, it’s by no means a lightweight of a beer. It’s well brewed with a very long bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Upfront, there’s a short sweetness which isn’t too much at all. Once it’s passed across your palate, you’re left in no doubt that you’ve drunk it.  The bitterness gives way to a dryness that’s very pleasant indeed. You really are taken on a journey when drinking Intercontinental.

Dare I say it, this is one of the best lightly carbonated beers I’ve tried. Usually, lack of bubbles leads to the flavour not being carried. With intercontinental that’s not the case at all. In fact, I think it’s very cleverly done. More bubbles might make this beer a little too much. As it is, it’s perfectly balanced and well brewed.

Intercontinental is worthy of being brewed on three different continents. It’s clear lots of thought has gone into it and it works well. Great concept, even better beer!

Sammy’s Rating: 92%



MOB review next weekend: ABBOT ALE by GREENE KING

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BREWER: Oxford Craft Beer Co., Oxfordshire, England

STYLE: English IPA

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle 

TWITTER: @OxfordCraftBeer

DATE OF POST: 2nd April 2021



From the off with this small batch offering I was not particularly impressed. See the one label on the bottle approach I get. A small brewery trying to save a few pennies here and there makes total sense. It can sometimes be the difference between a business working or not. But if you are going to go down this road you need to try and make the one label look a bit better, you really do.

From a beer point of view, well I am sorry to say things didn’t really begin to get any better. There was a glimmer of hope, as whilst sipping Matilda’s Tears (it doesn’t taste salty by the way, you can probably guess what I think of the name) as whilst in the mouth there is a certain enjoyable light malty flavour but once swallowed the taste pretty much vanishes. Even if you tried to make a case for this IPA being sessionable, because of the lack of flavour I genuinely think you would just get bored after 3 or 4. I’m also not really sure you can call this an IPA. It is not hoppy at all and needs to taste stronger.

I don’t want to bash these guys up too much (even though I just totally have) as they are clearly a small brewer trying to get on. But I’m afraid it is back to the drawing board with this one.

Jymi’s Rating: 47%



Before evening considering opening Matilda’s Tears, two things are striking about this IPA: it has an incredible name; it has really poor packaging. Not that either of these things matter in the long run. They’re just worth noting. And now that they’re noted, let’s move on to the real deal.

While MT might not be a beer to get you all worked up about, it is a decent enough drop. It’s almost sharp upfront with quite a long tail of aftertaste. And it’s this aftertaste, which drops into a metallic realm towards the end, that is the one element holding back the beer in its overall balance. Other than that, MT is great in the mouth. It’s initial taste is crisp and bright and holds the beer in good stead.

The more you drink MT, the more interesting it gets. It’s never going to compete with some other IPAs out there but it’s still worthy of gracing any beer collection. Definitely worth a go – it’ll appeal to a wide range of drinkers.

Sammy’s Rating: 71%




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BREWER: Silverstone Brewery, Northamptonshire, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 3.6%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @silverstonebeer

INSTAGRAM: silverstonebeer

DATE OF POST: 28th March 2021



Haha, right, I am going to start with the fact that I did actually enjoy drinking this beer. That, is the most important thing by far when it comes to drinking a beer, actually enjoying it.

However, I’m not sure if Ignition caught me on a bad day but the whole visual of the bottle and motor racing related writing on the label got me… well, laughing if I’m honest! It’s just ridiculous. Silverstone Brewery, yes fine you have an obvious branding angle but don’t over egg that at every turn! (have I just fallen into the pun trap?? You’ll see that Sammy has. What the f**k is going on!)

Engineers of Beer.  Pace setting pale ale. Supercharged with hops.

Honestly, leave it alone already.

But all that left aside what do we have?

Well, for me it reminded me a bit of an old school type pale you would get in an old school type boozer. The type of beer that doesn’t taste bad necessarily but certainly isn’t a good brew. A brew that is actually very drinkable but not really all that. A brew that when it comes to reviewing is actually a flippin nightmare!

Ignition is a beer that’s packaging and branding made me laugh (not in good way). A beer that made me think that more care and attention could and should have been paid to the brew.

But, somehow, a beer I did enjoy…

Over to you Sammy boy, don’t do it… oh, you did.

Jymi’s Rating: 60%



Let’s get things started with Ignition!

It kicks off with some weighty carbonation.  You won’t be short of a head with Ignition, that’s for sure.  And it looks very light in the glass, as promised.  The nose is like a summer’s day in a flower garden, with hints of different arrangements singing through.    It might sound a little over the top but it’s actually very pleasant.  It takes you straight to the aforementioned scene, rather than the pit lane of Silverstone…

In the mouth Ignition is a little light and may be lacklustre for some.  However, it’s well balanced and it’s slight bitter finish leaves you wanting more.  Then, when you delve back in, light floral flavours welcome you back to the taste ride again.

All in all, Ignition is an excellent beer.  Light, well-balanced and crisp in the mouth, this is a great beer for the spring/summer seasons.  Where it’s lacking in the brew, it makes up for amply in the mouthfeel and overall balance.

Great job!

Sammy’s Rating: 87%




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BREWER: Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England

STYLE: Amber Ale (yeah, not Best Bitter)

ABV: 3.6%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @RamsburyBrewery

INSTAGRAM: ramsburybrewery

DATE OF POST: 20th March 2021



I love the thought of farmers enjoying this brew.  It conjures up wonderful images of supping down one of these after a hard day toiling the fields.

As you might hope, Farmer’s Best offers an earthy bitter aroma. Reassuring I hear the agriculturally inclined amongst you say; I could not agree more. 

Then, the first sup reveals that FB is actually quite metallic tasting. This is not hugely unpleasant, although it may sound it. However, it is light on the bitterness. Think pale ale to get an idea of where this may be hitting the notes. 

FB might not be the most inventive of beers but I get it.  I see where it fits.  It definitely will not be setting the world on fire, but it’s a reasonable drop.

FB is a little thin but this adds to it being highly sessionable. 

Worth a go, not groundbreaking or genre leading by any stretch of the imagination.

Sammy’s Rating: 63%



I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned before that when I was younger I was lucky enough to spend a lot of my summers on my Auntie and Uncles farm down in Cornwall. Things were pretty stereo typical down there. My Uncle would rise before dawn and take care of the farm and my Auntie would make sure he was well fed.

When I was down there I would spend loads of time cutting around the farm with my Uncle. One particular highlight was the tractor rides. We would spring out onto the main road in the door-less pewter coloured and rust covered tractor, my Uncle driving. I would be hanging on for dear life inches away from the huge rotating rear tyre as my Uncle somehow drove this shit heap of a tractor like he was competing in a rally. I absolutely loved it. We would spend endless hours walking the fields feeding the animals and fixing outhouses etc.

Now where this story falls down is upon returning to the farmhouse in the evening you would expect a farmer to maybe crack open an ale to help relax after a hard day of graft. However he always seemed to go for a cup of tea, from memory anyway.

In a desperate attempt for me trying to get this review vaguely back on track let’s assume he did crack a beer. And that beer would be Farmers Best, wouldn’t it. Now Farmers Best wouldn’t necessarily be the best beer but would be easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. It wouldn’t be complex or clever and not a huge amount of care would have been taken in the brewing. But the end product would be pleasant and drinkable.

And this is precisely what the Farmers Best I have in front of me is like. Not very good, but somehow quite nice to drink.

Jymi’s Rating: 66%




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BREWER: Cotswold Brew Co., Gloucestershire, England


ABV: 5.2%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @cotswoldbrewing

INSTAGRAM: cotswoldbrewing

DATE OF POST: 14th March 2021



From the get go I wasn’t overly excited about this beer. The packaging almost, almost won me over with its simplicity but ultimately fell into the ‘bit plain bracket’.

Nose wise too, the sniff had moments of promise, hints of well established IPAs olfactory offerings but didn’t follow up with any conviction.

There were reasons to be cheerful in the sip and taste too but all tied in with things that should really have been done a little better. See, Cotswold IPA starts off with some early classic flavour highlights but almost instantaneously falls off a cliff in body, similar to a non alcoholic beer actually, which is odd seeing as this brew is coming in at a welterweight 5.2%. Once swallowed a more than pleasant lemon shows its yellow head but again is gone in a flash.

All said Cotwold IPA is smooth to sip and if you were actually a fan of it I’m sure a few could be consumed whilst chewing the cud with a pal.

A beer that missed the mark for me on many levels but with some positives kicking around, a few tweaks here and there then something good could come along.

Keep at it Cotswold crew.

Jymi’s Rating: 32%



There’s something about the simplicity of the packaging with this IPA but it’s somehow not hitting the right notes for me.  It’s stylistic and the colours work well, but it’s somehow just a little dated.

This is not the most fragrant IPA – the hops most certainly don’t hop out of the glass on first encounter. In fact, there’s quite a heavy earthy nose for an IPA and one may be disappointed at this.  Usually, IPAs offer more in this department.

When it comes to the main event, sweetness is the main player. And it’s too sweet for me. This sugariness drowns out other notes trying to swim through. Some bitter back notes come in at the very end but they quickly fade.  I’m not against sweetness, it’s just got to be well balanced and that’s not the case here.

It’s worth noting that there is a huge point of difference with this IPA. That has to be admired. But I just don’t get it.

Surprisingly, considering it’s lacklustre showing in the taste department this beer is a little claggy in the mouth. 

I’m not saying don’t try this.  I wouldn’t never advocate that for any beer.  I am a huge supporter of different breweries making a name for themselves.  In my reckoning, it just hasn’t hit the right notes.  This IPA is a little off tune and out of sorts.

Sammy’s Rating: 46%



MOB review next weekend: FARMERS BEST by RAMSBURY




BREWER: Einstök Ölgerd, Northeastern Region, Iceland

STYLE: White Ale

ABV: 5.2%

VESSEL: 33cl brown bottle

TWITTER: @EinstokBeer

INSTAGRAM: einstok

DATE OF POST: 5th March 2021



Einstok had a bit of work to do to get me on side. See the last brew of theirs we reviewed fell flat on its face, well for me anyway.

But it is a clean slate we start with as always and I was instantly in a better place before I had even opened the beer. The packaging is clean, crisp and tidy. And I’ll cut to straight to the beer as this theme very much continues into the drinking. The taste is clean, crisp  and tidy too and may I add, oh so refreshing! Should I find myself in colder Icelandic climes I’m not too sure I would want to put my frozen hands on one but in warmer parts of the world with the sun blazing down this beer would slip down magnificently!!!

The label mentions that this ale is brewed with orange peel and coriander. Not necessarily unusual for a white ale but was it obvious in the taste? Well the orange peel was, though not prominent, it was definitely there. As for the coriander well, I’d say there was definitely a herb tone going on for sure but not necessarily of the coriander variety for me.

All in all a well presented and quaffable brew.

Jymi’s Rating: 74%



Many beers’ success is in their upfront punch. They have an obvious USP, which is how they flood the market. However, White Ale from Einstok, is subtle; there’s no two ways about it. But in this case subtle is not bad. Far from it in fact. Subtle in this case is a winner…

White Ale has an elderflower hint in the nose and this continues into the drinking. I know, elderflower mentioned in the same sentence as a beer sounds horrifying. Try not to think elderflower cordial though. Think more at the bittersweet end of the elderflower spectrum and then you’ll start to get an idea of where WA sits.

The crispness of this beer is something to be admired too. It floats on the palate and gives a nice mouthfeel. The Icelandic water certainly seems to add something special.

While WA won’t be to everyone’s liking, and while it may be subtle, don’t be fooled into assuming this is the shy retiring type of beer. That’s simply not the case. It’s different and it has it’s place. WA is definitely a beer that I’d reach for again and I would enjoy every last moment that I shared with it!

Sammy’s Rating: 84%


MOB review next weekend: COTSWOLD IPA by COTSWOLD BREW CO.




BREWER: Elusive Brewing, Berkshire, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @ElusiveBrew

INSTAGRAM: elusivebrew

DATE OF POST: 28th February 2021



I really like the look of this bottle that Elusive have put forward… even though I don’t think it looks very good at all. Make of that what you will…

I also really like the reason this brew was born. Elusive Brewing teamed up with The Grumpy Goat, a fantastic bottle shop in Reading and The Greyfriar a fantastic crafty boozer also in Reading, to create a beer in celebration of Reading Pride with donations made for every Spectrum bottle, keg or cask sold. Great work!

I ALSO really like the way this pale ale presents in the glass. So thick, so crushable, so enticing.

AND I ALSO REALLY LIKE THIS BEER! It is incredibly fresh and drinkable and I really don’t think a glass would hang around for long on a hot summer’s day. There is a lovely citrus vibe going on with Spectrum and all rounded off by a pretty large bitter finish. It’s a well put together brew there is no doubt about it.

The one thing that left me a touch undecided was the body of this beer. It is very thin. On one hand this makes it very drinkable and crisp which again is great for the aforementioned summers day but it could leave the drinker wanting on other occasions. However I’m actually going down that it’s lightness is it’s genius here.

A very decent beer indeed.

Jymi’s Rating: 82%



Spectrum bites back. When you take that first sip, it really does have a pleasant bitter bite about it. And it’s backed up with a nice hoppy hit.

All in all, this is a very capable beer. It’s different from the crowd; it has its own personality. But it’s not anarchic in its approach. Spectrum is just different enough. Different enough to make you want to chose it above other beers. But not so different that it won’t make you want more.

The whole thing about Spectrum works. It has a good aura about it. It does its own thing in a market that wants beers to do their own thing. I’d be very happy to meet Spectrum in a local pub and I have no doubt that soon I will do, such is the quality of the beers coming out of Elusive.

Importantly, Spectrum is well brewed. I like what the team are doing at Elusive. They’re making good beers. Good beers that are different.

Sammy’s Rating: 87%









BREWER: Electric Bear Brewing Co, Somerset, England


ABV: 6.6%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @ElectricBearUK

INSTAGRAM: electricbearbrewing

DATE OF POST: 20th February 2021



In the last review I did for an Electric Bear brew I waxed lyrical about how amazed I was by every beer that I had ever had of theirs, but at last I have found a chink in the armour of this west country brewer. Not that I was looking for one.

Just to start, and mainly to get it off my chest, I hate the name of this beer. It’s quite clever but doesn’t really work. It’s the type of name that sounds amazing in your head while you can’t sleep or having a pissed up brainstorming session on what you’re going to call your next beer but in the cold light of day… it’s not great.

Brew wise we have a perfectly decent offering here but because I’ve experienced such highs from this brewer I’m suddenly disappointed at one of their beers simply being very good.

Ridiculous I know and I have to get past it.

IHRS is very hop forward and intense. It’s not blow your mind apart but it is full on. There is a lovely lime tone knocking around through most of the drinking journey that slowly fades after the swallow only to eventually be replaced by a large hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Jymi’s Rating: 80%



I love the way Electric Bear play with words when naming their beers. It really works for me. The same can be said for their packaging. There’s no exception with It’s Hop Rocket Science – cracking can, cracking name.
Truth be told, Electric Bear aren’t just about the marketing. They are about the brewing. It’s Hop Rocket Science is very light in colour and has an incredibly sweet nose, which is packed with tropical fruit aromas backed by hints of strawberries.
That sweetness doesn’t carry through into the drinking, which is quite sharp and has a short lived length. It’s quite acidic in the aftertaste, but not too much so to make it overbearing. It makes it crisp and refreshing.
This is a very enjoyable IPA from Electric Bear. It’s a no frills hard nose offering and is balanced just about right.


Sammy’s Rating: 82%



MOB review next weekend: SPECTRUM by ELUSIVE BREWING

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BREWER: Brew York, North Yorkshire, England


ABV: 5.6%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @brewyorkbeer

INSTAGRAM: brewyorkbeer 

DATE OF POST: 14th February 2021



I cannot open without immediately talking about the name and packaging of The Things Yuzu To Me. Look, the name is a nice play on words but I’ve have to be honest here, it is also a bit irritating. Not to the point where it affected my day but I did find myself randomly shaking my head and tutting for about 24hrs after laying eyes on this beer. The tin art kind of follows on from this too… it is quite cool and original and the Japanese street food art concept is sound. But it is just little off for me as was the lining up of the label. Endearing, but also irritating. However the information side of the can art is amazing. It looks sensational and I’m really not too sure any more info about our beer could have been included.  Very good.

It was time to take a look inside this crazy can…

Well after the pour I was a little disappointed in the nose, very light and uneventful. However, once sipped the disappointment disappeared. This is a really tasty beer and very much tastes like a craft IPA brewed with yuzu, as it should really. Over the first three or four sips TTYTM was nice and bright and bitter in the mouth. Once swallowed the bitterness slowly softened and slowly in came the yuzu flavour. Once about halfway through the yuzu flavour began to become more prominent from taste in sip all the way through to the aftertaste.

The Things Yuzu To Me is a really gratifying beer that takes you on a bit of a journey and keeps you guessing. Nice work Brew York (great name for a brewery based in York btw).

Jymi’s Rating: 78%



I absolutely love the concept of The Things Yuzu To Me: inspired by Japanese street food.  The packaging is different and works well.   It’s a really attractive first impression.  And once unleashed in a glass, it looks like liquid butterscotch, which is incredibly tempting.  

Although sour and bitter in the foreground, TTYTM is actually rather light.  It doesn’t hit your tastebuds as hard as you might expect.  But fear not, this is not a bad thing in this instance.  The hops have been selected well and are used effectively to create a nicely balanced beer.  There are hints of fruitiness but these definitely play second fiddle to the hops and bitterness.  It’s got a clean feel in the mouth, which gives it its lightness.

TTYTM has surprised me.  I was definitely expecting something more extreme.  What it is though is a very drinkable, well balanced beer.  It might not be a trend setter, but it’s definitely worthy of gracing your ale glass.

Sammy’s Rating: 84%




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