Another great time at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival this year (2nd-6th August, Earls Court, London). Tried lots of tasty ales with some real stand out beers from Wye Valley (Hereford IPA, 4.0%), Harvey’s (Lewes Castle Brown Ale, 4.8%), Goacher’s (Real Mild Ale, 3.4%) and Castle Rock (Elsie Mo, 4.7%).

However, rather than the usual run down of  the top 10 things I liked best from the festival this year I have complied my list of Champion beers from the previous festivals including my champion for 2011. Enjoy…

Pig’s Ear Supreme Champion Beers of GBBF

2011 

Salopian Shropshire Gold

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

(ABV 3.8%)

A golden straw-coloured ale with spicy and citrus aromas, bitter-sweet and perfectly refreshing to taste with hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, a simply delightful golden ale

2010

Goacher’s Fine Light Ale

Maidstone, Kent

(ABV 3.7%)

A pale, golden brown  bitter with a strong hoppy aroma and  moderately malty aftertaste incredibly drinkable

2009

Hooky Bitter

Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

(ABV 3.6%)

A subtly balanced golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty to the palate the classic session beer, entirely drinkable

2008

Caledonian 80/

Edinburgh, Scotland

(ABV 4.1%)

A moreish complex copper-coloured scottish heavy with a lovely malty flavour balanced by fruit and hops with all the characteristics of a classic best bitter

2007

Brains SA Gold

Cardiff, Wales

(ABV 4.6%)

An excellent full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden-coloured ale with complex hop flavours and vibrant citrus aromas

2006

St. Austell HSD

St. Austell, Cornwall

(ABV 5%)

An outstanding aromatic, fruity, hoppy bitter with a well-rounded flavour that is initially sweet with an aftertaste that produces bitterness with hints of biscuit

2005

Pictish Alchemist

Rochdale, Lancashire

(ABV 4.3%)

A delightful refreshing straw-coloured ale with crisp malt flavours and a robust hoppy finish

2004

Brakspear Special

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

(ABV 4.3%)

A golden red-coloured beer with an extremely enjoyable full-bodied taste, initially sweet giving way to a dry hop bitterness

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