American Pale Ale (5.5% ABV, can, for M&S)
Grassy hops and citrus notes on the nose of this deep golden pour, pouring with a white head that lasts well. On the palate, it’s beautifully balanced, with good malt flavours supporting cirtus hop than manifests itself more in pith and rind notes than juice. There’s a gentle, satisfying bitter finish that really leaves you wanting more. A tin for the beach — or the back garden.
Buy it: Available exclusively in M&S.
(9th April, 2020)
Arctic Sky Cold IPA (4% ABV, can)
Polished gold with a thick, white, foaming head, this has fruity, grassy hop notes, with a hint of tartness, on the aroma. Really clean and refreshing on the palate, pineapple leads the way, with a herbal kick and some biscuit malt balance. Decent bitterness lasts well and makes this session IPA very moreish.
Buy it: I bought mine at Trevaskis Farm. It’s available on the Harbour Brewing website.
(15th January, 2021)
Five Summers American Pale (5% ABV, can)
Pale gold, with a thick, foaming white head. As soon as the can is opened, there’s an aroma burst of orange citrus — juice and pith — and pine. Big and bold. There’s a lovely mouthfell, silk smooth. On the palate, the citrus develops into breakfast grapefruit — really grapefruity. This lingers and makes the beer really moreish. Citrus and pine hang on, too, and there’s a light biscuit malt holding it all together. A very enjoyable pale/
Buy it: I bought more from the Trevaskis Farm shop. It’s available on the Harbour website.
(10th November, 2020)
India Pale Ale (5% ABV, bottle)
I’ve probably drunk more of this with meals in restaurants than on its own, such is its suitablility for such a wide range of foods. Bright, clear, and golden, with a white head, it has an aroma of citrus fruit and resinous hops — not too huge, but inviting enough. On the palate, it starts out a little like a traditional English IPA, but almost immediately there’s a kick of New World hops . Lemon, orange, herbal notes, a hint of spiciness, and great malt balance. On this occasion it worked well with a local asparagus and pasta meal.
Buy it: Widely available — I got mine from Trevaskis Farm, along with that local asparagus!
(18th May, 2020)
Little Rock IPA (6.3% ABV, can)
One of my favourite Harbour brews, this pours a deep, clear amber/red, with light carbonation and an off-white head that stays well. The inviting aroma is of rich orange and resinous hops. The orange continues onto the palate with lemon pith and rich toffee malt. The condition is fabulous. A great IPA with a decent bitter finish.
Buy it: Widely available — I got mine from Trevaskis Farm.
(14th June, 2020)
Panda Eyes (5% ABV, bottle)
Hazy, yet bright gold with a thick white head and vigorous carbonation. It’s a tropical fruit bowl on the nose — pineapple, mango, and some lemon pith, too. It’s beautifully refreshing, with lots of tropical fruit on the palate, and a little orange coming through, like a traditional IPA. Frutiy bitterness lasts well into the finish. There’s not a huge amount of malt character, but some light biscuit underpinning the hops.
Buy it: I got mine from Trevaskis Farm.
(21st June, 2020)
Puffin Tears (5% ABV, can)
Deep, bright gold, with a thick white foaming head. The aroma — orange, grapefruit, gooseberry — is very inviting. On the palate, more lemon comes through, lime too — it’s gloriously fruity. Light malt balances, and there’s a zingy bitter finish. Cracking beer.
Buy it: I got mine from Trevaskis Farm.
(24th November, 2020)
Foudre 1 2019 Brett Saison (5.3% ABV, bottle)
A deep straw colour with good carbonation and a strong white head. I take on baord that, yes, it’s sasion, and I really should have drunk it much younger, however it’s still a lovely, lively, refreshing brew. On the aroma it’s quite tart and spicy, with with wild yeast notes. The taste is gloriously fresh, zingy, and clean. There’s lemon juice, grapefruit, some grassy notes, herbs certainly, and a light tartness, all against light malt.
Buy it: I was given mine by the brewery
(8th November, 2020)