38 Best British Beers 2017

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Highlander – Fyne Ales

ABV – 4.8%
Tasting Notes – Caramel malts, notes of toffee with a soft side of citrus.
Drink it when… Searching for a pint with the taste of “FREEDOM!”

There is no beer more Scottish than the Highlander. FACT. Evidence sample 1a) This beer was brewed on St. Andrews Day. Evidence sample 1b) It was made for the first time as the Fyne Ales farm received its first herd of highland cattle. Evidence sample 1c) It’s called HIGHLANDER. And if Scottish beer tastes this good then we never want to go back across the border again, Highlander is delicately balanced with caramel malts and toffee notes to create a rich texture with a soft finish thanks to a small, soft dose of citrus towards the end. Gie it laldy lads, gie it laldy.

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Hibernator – Black Isle Brewery

ABV – 7.0%
Tasting Notes – Sweet, roasted chocolate malts with Pacific Gem hops.
Drink it when… You feel like getting yo’ Grandad on by the fire in winter.

Winter is coming. That’s not just a neat Game of Thrones quote, but a bonafide fact. And you need to be prepared. Luckily for you, the UK’s premier organic craft beer experts at Black Isle Brewery have planned ahead with the creation of the brilliant Hibernator, a rich, organic oatmeal stout that might just be one of the heartiest beers on this entire list. The roasted chocolate malts add a tawny appearance and texture to the brew, while Pacific Gem hops add a bitter finish to keep hardened beer drinkers coming back for more throughout the colder seasons.

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Unicorn IPA – Shilling Brewery

ABV – 5.2%
Tasting Notes – Floral and citrus notes are balanced out by a strong, malty body.
Drink it when… Fulfilling your beer fantasies is starting to seem impossible.

When a brew comes with the tagline, “no unicorns were harmed in the making of this beer”, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. So was the case when we stumbled upon Shilling Brewery’s stunning Unicorn IPA. A flavoursome yet bitter example of an American IPA done right, freshly brewed in the heart of Glasgow. This is one fantastic beast, and now you know exactly where to find it (and taste direct from the source, by the way). Go, go, go!

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