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%


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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%



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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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BREWER: Wychwood Brewery, Oxfordshire, England


ABV: 5.3%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @HobgoblinBeer

INSTAGRAM: #hobgoblin

DATE OF POST: 6th February 2021



From memory anyway, it seems that once I had reached an age to legally go for a drink in a pub it was all Hobgoblin this and Hobgoblin that. Whether it was Twickenham, Staines or Reading it was…

‘Jymi, you coming down the Hob’?

Where shall we meet tonight? Hob?

Game of pool up the Hob this arvo?

These days soon faded away as did the chain (though from a quick search on the world wide google there are still a few Hobgoblin Pubs knocking around). But the beer from Wychwood Brewery remains. Now I don’t remember the quality of their beer form those pub years but the beer I’m supping on now is pretty decent you know. It’s very easy to get hold of and is very much a mass produced IPA brewed for multiple supermarket shelves. This does not have to mean it’s a bad beer though. There is a nice bitter citrus tone to this brew and it is good and zesty in the sip. It is a very easy drinker and though not many would shout from the rooftops about it I don’t think many would turn their nose up either.

A more than drinkable everyday traditional IPA.

Jymi’s Rating: 67%



Hobgoblin has been knocking around for a long time.  It was here before many of the current beers experiencing success.  And to be fair, you can understand why it has endured.  You see, it most definitely does have a modern twang to it, but it also appeals to more traditional beer drinkers.

While the packaging and whole marketing campaign might not be cutting edge, Wychwood Brewery most definitely let the beer do the talking.  

Hobgoblin is well balanced.  Hoppy on the nose, which carried through into the drinking.  The bitterness hits you straight up and comes through strong in the finish.  While some may find this bitter punch a little too much in an IPA, I think it works well.  It shows much thought has gone into this brew, which to be fair is well balanced and easy in the mouth.

Hobgoblin is no shrinking violet and it should be commended for being cutting edge before its time.  Sure, other brews may have surpassed it in excellence now, and there’s much competition out there, but this remains a solid beer, which will likely continue doing well.

Sammy’s Rating: 74%


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BREWER: Arbor Ales, Bristol, England

STYLE: Amber Ale

ABV: 4.6%

VESSEL: 568ml tin (one pint)

TWITTER: @ArborAles

INSTAGRAM: arbor.ales

DATE OF POST: 31st January 2021



Before even popping this tin open there are two pretty large talking points.

John Lennon

Pint can

Not often mentioned together I would imagine.

So the name of this beer is lifted from the song Imagine. The 1971 track by my second favourite* Beatle, John Lennon.  I have to admit, I don’t really get it if I’m honest. It is a decent idea but I think I would feel a bit daft waltzing up to a bar and ordering a beer with such a name.

Onto the Pint can. Not 330ml, not 440ml and not even 500ml. Nope, 568ml, one whole bleedin pint!!! Now this is an absolute master stoke of a marketing move. Same price, more beer. The design of the label is bold and simple and the tin is flipping massive so stands tall against all of its competitors. And as I said, YOU GET MORE BEER!! Let’s just hope it is more GOOD beer then shall we…

Well, it is really good in fact. A lovely tropical nose makes its way to you whilst you’re filling your massive glass with juicy amber ale. Fifteen minutes later when pour into glass is complete it’s time to admire just how good this brew looks once in it’s vessel for consumption. It looks so thick and juicy. Nothing changes going into the drinking phase, still plenty of tropical tones kicking around and the beer remains thick and juicy in the mouth, at first. See, once swallowed everything begins to thin out a little. That did disappoint me but in saying that it could well be necessary. See without it thinning out it may all get a bit too much. But because it does another tin of YMSIAD becomes very tempting once you’ve finished your first.

(*let’s just say my favourite Beatle isn’t flippin Macca or Ringo)

Jymi’s Rating: 81%



If you’ve ever read Harry Potter, then you’d have heard of butter beer.  Now, I know these books have been made into films, so there are many images now available of the aforementioned butter beer. However, these are images translated from someone else’s point of view.  In my opinion, if I were to say what butter beer looks like, then You May Say I’m A Dreamer is exactly how I’d describe it.  It’s mid-dark coloured (think toffee) and is nice and cloudy.  Just to be clear, I think it looks incredible.

But even before you pour YMSIAD into the glass to be wowed by its resemblance to butter beer, you are faced with a can that has clearly had a huge amount of thought go into it.  And I love the design of this can label.  Also, it’s worth a mention that the can has a pint’s worth of beer in it.  

So, clearly a good start for YMSIAD.

I’m pleased to report that things continue on an upward trajectory as you pile into your supping.  YMSIAD is like a modern IPA, but this is hardly surprising considering the hops that have been used.  Its’s sharp upfront, not in a sour way, but in way that I’m happy with for such a brew.  Then, a pleasant bitterness washes away the sharpness for a great finish.  Through it all, there’s a slight tropical sweetness, which gives it a great rounded overall drinking experience.  It’s a well-balanced beer and is incredibly pleasant on the palate and fantastic in the mouth.

YMSIAD is a great beer.  It would work as well for a beginner to the modern beer world as it would for a seasoned pro.  

Sammy’s Rating: 88%






BREWER: Box Steam Brewery, Wiltshire, England

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle


INSTAGRAM: boxsteambrewery

DATE OF POST: 22nd January 2021



After you’re through the slightly odd writings about Brunel and him having a piston break due to damp conditions and then moving not very seamlessly on to tell us that Goldings and Casacade hops never fail whatever the weather the drinker is free to move on and drink this rather tasty ale.

Forgetting the non event of the nose Piston Broke gets straight down to business. There is a good robust and full hoppy flavour up front. This should make most drinkers of this Golden Ale sit back and produce a nod of approval, as it did me. So many beers in this bracket waddle along and end up just being average. Not bad, but certainly not good. PB does not fall into to this bracket. It’s good, it is very good in fact. The hop combination delivers what is promised and in no time the consumer would be heading back for another I am sure of it. And all backed up with a pretty interesting label and cool little name. What is not to like really.

Nice work indeed Box Steam Brewery.

Jymi’s Rating: 83%



I’m going to cut to the chase; Piston Broke is a very good beer indeed.  Alright, the packaging could be brushed up on and the concept is a little off the wall.  But it’s not about that, it’s about the taste.  And with PB, the taste is great…

This golden ale has a pleasant sweetness that rolls around the tongue before the light bitterness comes in.  Piston Broke is well brewed and well balanced.  It does all the things that you want a golden ale to do.  And it’s not a shrinking violet either.  It has something about it that makes you keep reaching for more.

There are many great golden ales out there.  Piston Broke just added their name to that list.

Sammy’s Rating: 88%



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BREWER: Arkell’s, Wiltshire, England


ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @ArkellsBrewery

INSTAGRAM: arkellsbrewery

DATE OF POST: 15th January 2021



It didn’t take long for the initial promise of this beer to dissipate. The name had game, the label was pretty cool and the description of what the drinker should expect from the beer sounded lovely… citrus, dry and orange.

However, the name after pondering it for a seconds grew to be a little obvious and irritating. The factory scene of a label remained pretty cool but suddenly I felt like it could have been better and the taste, well the taste was very underwhelming. Not unpleasant, just underwhelming.

The name Hoperation IPA then began to grind my gears even more… See it doesn’t taste much like an IPA but more a classic English Pale. It’s not Hoppy enough, not strong enough and not interesting enough to call itself Hoperation IPA.

Though perfectly drinkable, it is not really for me this one.

Jymi’s Rating: 57%



First things first, what an incredible name!  It smacks of a beer that’s going to throw its weight around in the heady world of hoppiness.  While I get the packaging, it’s not really hitting the mark for me.  Having said this, it does tie in with the theme of the ‘Hoperation’, and so it’s clear that much thought has gone into the whole marketing campaign that supports this beer.  Great concept!

The nose is pleasant but super faint and quickly evaporates.  It doesn’t instil much confidence that the beer will live up to its namesake.

And sadly, thus it’s the nose, not the whole PR, that is the best lead into what Hoperation tastes like.  It’s pleasant and light but it’s so, well, beige.  The hoppy notes that I was expecting just never transpire and this is disappointing. Then, there’s the aftertaste, which has waved its goodbyes before it has even arrived.  The hint of clementine flashes across the palate but that’s about all you’re going to get for flavour.  

In the mouth, Hoperation is skeletal.  It doesn’t hold much body.  It slinks away quicker than a rat up a drainpipe.

All in all, Hoperation is a let-down.  It’s by no means terrible.  It just doesn’t have much about it.

Great concept.  Not so great in the delivery.

Sammy’s Rating: 65%



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BREWER: Two Cocks Brewery, Berkshire, England

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 5.6%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @TwoCocksBrewery

INSTAGRAM: twococksbrewery

DATE OF POST: 8th January 2021



There was positivity in the air from the get go when I settled down to test Viscount. I have always been a huge fan of Two Cocks brewery which is obvious from my writings on Leveller and Puritan a few years ago. So I was fairly sure I was going to be getting a decent beer here, just how decent was the question. Going into a review already being a fan of a brewery does bring added pressure however as if standards have dipped huge disappointment may only be moments away.

And before moving on to the beer I have to take a moment to once again absorb just how utterly spectacular the packaging for these Two Cocks brews actually is. In a crowded market where all brewers are scrambling to find an edge on those beer shelves with mad designs, wild names and all manner of other tricks – Two Cocks just saunter along with their actual feathers, plonk themselves down and just blow EVERYTHING else out the water. I doff my feathered hat to them once more.

Moving to the beer itself I’m actually going to quote the information on the label to help us along…

An unusual light golden ale that crosses the boundaries of beer /wine/cider in taste. The lightest of malts combined with the scarce Nelson Sauvin hop and a process that includes a piggyback fermentation deliver an ale with low bitterness and a complex fruit character.   

Ok, instantly my interest was piqued as the thought of a beer wine cider type brew done by an already trusted brewer sounded, well interesting if not bleedin’ amazing! The fact Nelson Sauvin was involved just helped things along nicely. You know what, I’m going to stop going on…

This beer is FANTASTIC!!! The dryness of wine, the fruitiness of cider and a soft hop background just make 1643 Viscount a thing of absolute beauty.

And there is nothing more to say.

Jymi’s Rating: 94%



Perfection in one’s field is near on impossible, if not completely impossible, to reach.  However, if you were going to put your money on a team doing it, then Two Cocks Brewery would be a sensible way forward, certainly in the beer world anyway.  

Let me give you a fact: 1643 Viscount is an incredible beer.  Make no mistake about it.  It’s a golden ale with the most amazing nose, which is sweet, light and citrusy.  This gives an insight into the impeccably brewed beer that sits behind the aroma.  

In the drinking, it’s light, but not so light as to not pack a punch.  Viscount is perfectly balanced with a light sweetness upfront and a light bitterness following behind.  It dances on the palate for just the right amount of time and disappears just in time for the next sip, when the experience begins again.

My one complaint about Viscount is that it should be sold by the bucket load, not just your standard 500ml bottle.  It really is that good.  

If you’re looking for perfection in a golden ale, you might never find it.  But, mark my words, Viscount may well be as close as you get.

Sammy’s Rating: 99%



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BREWER: Wiper and True, Bristol, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @WiperAndTrue

INSTAGRAM: wiperandtrue

DATE OF POST: 2nd January 2021




As much as I like the look of this tin I cannot help but think the W&T design team have slightly messed it up. The brewery name is too prominent, the marvellous elephant is too small and the name of the beer too hidden. With some tweaks this tin could be spectacular but as it is it’s just… good.

Also the aftertaste of this beer is bitter and pleasant but seriously lacking flavour. With the taste explosions in the sip, (we will get to that in the Positives section (I probably should have started with that thinking about it)) for the flavour to essentially vanish in the aftertaste is a little disappointing.


A sensational if light pineapple nose leads you into a citrus, tangy and bitter taste experience brought to you by the classic trio of Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Kaleidoscope, though not massively kaleidoscopic is soft, bright, refreshing and a joy to drink to be honest.

Other notes and conclusion:

Sort the aftertaste out and this would be a flippin’ superstar of a craft pale.

Jymi’s Rating: 80%



It took me ages to work out what this beer was actually called.  For a long while I thought Wiper and True was the beer name, not the brewery name.  After investigating and delving, I worked out that the beer was actually called Kaleidoscope, which to be fair is a great name.

Once I got over my annoyance at not being able to locate the name of the thing, I really did enjoy drinking Kaleidoscope.  

In the glass, it has a fantastic golden colour.  There’s a strong grapefruit and pineapple aroma.  And it doesn’t taste like it smells, which is not a bad thing at all.  In fact, there’s a long bitterness about the flavour, which is strong upfront and fades a little as you sup.  But once the initial fade has wavered, the low length stays for a long time.

An incredibly refreshing drop, Kaleidoscope would be great at any point in the year.  

Definitely worth a go – many will love this!

Sammy’s Rating: 81%



MOB review next weekend: VISCOUNT by TWO COCKS BREWERY

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