St James’s Gate

Guinness West Indies Porter (6%)

Based on a recipe from 1801, apparently. We don’t know why they haven’t been using this recipe all along! Good things come to those who wait.

Phoenix Brewery

Wobbly Bob (6%)

Wobbly Bob is the drunken cousin of Shakey Jake. Wibble wobble yum yum. We sampled a few of these and found ourselves delightfully wobbly.

Beavertown

Black Betty (7.4%)

Whoa Black Betty, bam-ba-lam, Yeah Black Betty, bam-ba-lam, Black Betty taste fine, bam-ba-lam, Damn thing gone wild, bam-ba-lam. And so on.

Beavertown

Smog Rocket (5.4%)

Smoggier than a Beijing morning. But much tastier. And you don’t have to wear one of those silly masks to help you breathe. Which is nice.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co

Luponic Distortion (5.9%)

Firestone are remixing the ingredients of this beer every 90 days, apparently. The first batch tastes great so we can’t wait to try the rest!

Uprising Brewery

Treason West Coast IPA (5.8%)

We’re not saying we like Treason as much as we like BrewDog’s Punk IPA but we’re certainly typing it out with our keyboard #TakeTheCrown

Big Clock Brewery

Medusa (6.3%)

The challenge with this Double IPA is not looking directly at it as you drink it. Spillage galore. Makes for an interesting spectacle though.

BrewDog

Elvis Juice (6.5%)

One day somebody will find me dead on a toilet surrounded by Elvis Juice bottles. Which is fine but please can you all ignore the jumpsuit.

Thornbridge

Cocoa Wonderland (6.8%)

Drinking this stuff is like swimming in a Winter wonderland but the snow has melted; also the snow is chocolate. Also there’s a polar bear.

BrewDog

Jet Black Heart (4.7%)

This oatmeal milk stout from BrewDog has stolen our jet black hearts. It’s surprisingly easy-drinking; we’d be happy to sup it all day long.

BrewDog

ocoa Psycho (10%)

Mikhail Lermontov was a Russian Romantic writer with Scottish heritage. We’re sort of in love with BrewDog’s Russian Imperial Stout.

Hardknott

Azimuth (5.8%)

Some of you astronomers and mathematicians will know what Azimuth means. Some won’t. I didn’t. I needed a drink after I looked it up though.

Iron Fist Brewing

Dubbel Fisted (8.1%)

Do not make any fisting puns. Do not make any double fisting puns. Do not make any puns about Jaime Lannister’s metal hand. Oops… spoilers!

Shepherd Neame

Double Stout (5.2%)

We must admit, we dropped the ball on this one and forgot to review it while we drank it. You could say it’s because it was so goddamn nice.

Oakham Ales

Inferno (4.4%)

Oakham didn’t start the fire. Billy Joel wouldn’t try to fight it though. Rock ‘n Roll and Cola wars? Rock ‘n Roll and drink this instead.

Hardknott

Infra Red (6.2%)

It says IPA on the label but technically it’s an amber ale. And I always thought it was “Infa Red”. Apparently there’s an “r” in there. Who knew.

Pressure Drop

Pale Fire (5%)

Apparently they keep changing the exact ingredients, so that renders this review a bit pointless. At least one variation is awesome though.

Beavertown

Ger’onimo (9%)

Here at ICIP we like whiskey as well as ale (shh, don’t tell anyone). So a combination of Jameson and Beavertown? Go on then, if we must!

Beavertown

Bloody ‘Ell (7.4%)

If blood oranges were made with real blood then Dracula would be all over this shit. Then he would go for a kebab. Hold the garlic sauce.

Robinsons

Old Tom (8.5%)

You know it when you see it. You know it when it’s there. Like Michael Jackson Thriller. Like Farrah Fawcett Hair. Old Tom is good shit.

BrewDog

Clown King (12%)

If you (can) drink six bottles of BrewDog’s infamous Clown King barley wine ale you will be drunk. If you drink six more you will be dead.

BrewDog

Punk IPA (5.6%)

Punk is a great-tasting beer that’s sold everywhere now. So there’s really no reason to drink boring, tasteless lager at all.

Ilkley Brewery

The Mayan Chocolate Chipotle Stout (6.5%)

Their calendar may be shit but their ale certainly isn’t! Teaming moreish chocolate with spicy chipotle chilli this is something special.

Oakham Ales

Citra (4.2%)

It’s got a picture of a hop on the front of the bottle. That’s the first clue. And there’s all these weird exotic fruits in it. Winner!

Thornbridge

Jaipur (5.9%)

Another favourite here. Hops hit with a bang and the bitterness explodes, but leaves you thirsty for more. No jokes. I must be serious.

Thornbridge / Sierra Nevada

Twin Peaks (5%)

Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada’s Twin Peaks isn’t quite David Lynch quality but it’s a stellar collaboration from two fantastic breweries.

Thornbridge

Wild Raven (6.6%)

This is really a porter in a black IPA’s clothing, the cross-dressing goit. Whatever it is, it’s fucking good. How good? Godfather II good.

Titanic Brewery

Plum Porter (4.9%)

Sniff it. Sip it. Swig it. This ale is incredibly flavoursome. Sweet, smooth, an instant favourite. A warning though: only for fans of plum.