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Ale in Dartmoor and Devon

While walking around Dartmoor we had some great local-ish ales. Breweries around here seem to be doing a good selection of British ales, not quite as US-influenced as some of the other UK breweries I've sampled recently? Or maybe I'm imagining that.

Here's my list, in roughly descending order of excellence - though they're all good:

  • Bays Summer Ale - light and summery, the tiniest hint of fruit. Very refreshing.
  • Dartmoor's Dartmoor IPA - I liked this one a lot. Lovely clear IPA, golden light colour, hont of pepper, slightly creamy finish. Yum, and Ph says so too.
  • Teignworthy's Moor Beer - very nice session beer. Apparently this is the "Rugglestone" Moor Beer brewed by Teignworthy and served in the Rugglestone Inn (the best pub we found in Dartmoor!). There are a few "Moor Beer"s around.
  • Exmoor Ale - definite quality, full-flavoured but I can't pin it down with any adjectives. I've had their beers at All Tomorrow's Parties before, good stuff.
  • St Austell's Proper Job - a good hoppy IPA, not crazy pokey but a lovely tang.
  • Sharp's Cornish Coaster - refreshingly watery but with a honeyish body, good after a long walk.
  • Devon Ale - good, amber, medium hoppy with some caramel. However, I didn't write down which brewery this is from and now it's not obvious which beer this is actually likely to be...
  • Dartmoor's Legend - decent light and touch of caramelly.
  • Dartmoor's Jail Ale - a worthwhile session ale.
  • St Austell's Tribute - this is decent but too deep in the melon/peach axis for me - not my kind of thing.

Plus a couple which are definitely not from the Devon/Cornwall area, including Lakeland - rich and dark, had it before, like it.

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