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15th November 2017



Beer meet gin. Gin meet beer. Wicked Wolf is the second beer in Exmoor Ales’ Exile series of occasional beers that are a bit different from the brewery’s main brands. A straw-coloured, juniper berry-infusing beer, it is the result of a collaboration between the Wiveliscombe-based brewery and Wicked Wolf, producers of small-batch, handcrafted gin in the famous Exmoor village of Brendon.


Exmoor Ales’ Managing Director Jonathan Price explains: ‘Wicked Wolf is the second in our new sub-brand series, Exile and follows on from Urban Fox, which was released earlier in the year. We selected Wicked Wolf because of their reputation for fine award-winning gin… and, of course, because they are based on Exmoor. As for the idea for the beer this happened after their distiller and co-founder, Pat, visited the brewery and met our head brewer, Adrian. Pat provided some juniper berries for sampling and trial brews, as well as sharing his advice and experience. The result was this delicious beer. We’re all really pleased with it and I’m especially thrilled that Pat has an idea to make an Exmoor Gold inspired gin next year.


‘The Exile brand was devised as a sub-brand for Exmoor Ales to represent our new, more modern breed of beers. The pump clip shape and graffiti imagery are quite different to our established traditional brands and we shall will be developing the brand with further new beers throughout next year.


‘As for the story behind the name “Exile”, this originated from EXmoor. The first two letters are important and strong and the inspiration is loosely drawn from RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. Incidentally, the outlawed Donne family were EXILED in Doone Valley, not far from where Wicked Wolf make their gins.’




Exeter-based beer and travel journalist Adrian Tierney-Jones is the author of many books on beer, including The Seven Moods of Craft Beer, and also editor of 1001 Beers You Should Try Before You Die, in which Exmoor Beast and Gold are featured, and gave his verdict on the beer: ‘Gold in colour, with a hint of straw, this is the kind of beer that is ideal to perk up weary palates. There’s a suggestion of aromatic gin-like botanicals and a gentle spiciness, both of which glide in well with the delicate floral hoppiness and the suggestion of citrus before it finishes dry and lightly fruity. If you like the odd G&T you’ll love this!’


For more details contact Jonathan Price at Exmoor Ales on
01984 623798 or at









Brewery facts          

Exmoor Ales started in 1980, during the first wave of small independent breweries. It was originally called Golden Hill, after its hill-top location in Wiveliscombe, and its creation brought brewing back to the town for the first time since the closure of Arnold & Hancock’s in the late 1950s. Almost immediately, Golden Hill made its mark on the beer world when its 13th brew of Exmoor Ale was voted Best Bitter at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival in 1980. Since then countless other brewing awards have come their way. Exmoor Ales are also noted for being the originators of the ‘Golden Ale’ style, with the ever-popular Exmoor Gold, available in cask and in bottle. Other beers produced include the bestseller Ale, the wily easy drinking Fox and the cult strong porter Beast, as well as a variety of seasonal specials.





A selection of Exmoor Ales


Ale (3.8%): Classic bitter the colour of maple syrup. On the nose malt comes to the fore with a hint of citrusy hop in the background; a full, dry palate and a finish which offers more malt and a long lasting bitterness. Excellent on its own or with light meals such as salads, chicken and fish.

Fox (4.2%): Cunningly crafted from a blend of several malts and hops to  produce a brunette beer of unusual subtlety and taste. The slight maltiness on the tongue is followed by a burst of hops with a lingering bitter-sweet  aftertaste. Just right with fragrant Thai and Chinese dishes.

Gold (4.5%): Soft malty nose with a hint of citrus hop in the background.  Well-rounded and refreshing on the palate with a slight sweetness leading  to a malty finish accompanied by a touch of toffee and vanilla plus a long  aftertaste. Versatile golden ale to accompany any meal!

Stag (5.2%): Strong, copper-coloured premium bitter with resiny hop mingling with grainy, maltiness on the nose. A voluminous malty character stakes its claim on the palate though a well-fined rich fruitiness also comes along for the ride, before a thrilling descent into a long dry finish where a hint of  sweetness keeps matters well-mannered. Especially good with roast beef and game.

Beast (6.6%): Complex strong porter making liberal use of chocolate and crystal malts. On the nose espresso, currants and raisins, cocoa and a fiery hint of brandy or rum. More fruit cake, alcohol, coffee beans, chocolate on the palate, all kept in line with a spicy hoppiness, before the complex long aftertaste. Surprisingly thirst quenching with a spicy curry or a traditional steak and also add to rich fruit cake.




Seasonal specialities   

Antler (4%): A smooth and warming dark amber beer. Nose of popcorn and soft toffee. Nuts and toffee on the palate spiked by light tropical fruit. Dry grainy/malty finish, typical of Exmoor beers, leaving the taste buds calling out for more.

Hound Dog (4%): Light and refreshing dark-gold spring beer with a surge of lemon and lime on the nose, a touch of toffee and vanilla on the palate with an exquisite balance of fruity hoppiness and malt on the long finish. Delicious with fish and chips and other traditional bar meals.

DARK (4.2%): Dark amber in colour with crimson tints; crisp chocolate-like character in the mouthfeel, moderated by a blackcurrant smooth fruitiness — think a whisper of blackcurrant jam sweetness and a hint of chocolate spread, all kept from an overarching sweetness with dry toast-like and roasty notes. Crisp and dry finish. Roast duck, especially if the skin has been crisped, goes down a treat with a glass of Dark.

Silver Stallion (4.3%): Chestnut-coloured best bitter with a full-bodied  palate boasting a hint of blackcurrant; the initial grainy malty finish is  followed by a growing bitter finish. Serve with Sunday lunch. 

Wild Cat (4.4%): Warming amber coloured ale produced for the autumn. The nose has plenty of deep booming earthy hop notes on the nose, while the palate is malty with a touch of autumn berries and a dry finish with more muscular hop thrusting its way. Ideal with pasta and other Italian favourites.

Exmas (5%): Ruby-coloured Christmas beer with a citrus and rich malty nose. The palate is smooth and fruity leading to a smooth finish with spicy and fruit hop notes lingering. A tasty toast to go with the turkey and trimmings.