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Brewed by Adnams
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Southwold, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bottled; Occasional. Originally brewed as a one off to celebrate the opening of our new brewhouse and our new distribution centre, we have decided to repeat the beer again in 2009. It came first in its class at the 2008 World beer awards and has also won a Gold medal at the 2008 BBI (British Bottlers Institute) awards. The beer was created under the direction of our Chairman, Jonathan Adnams, whose instruction was to ‘Brew something to wow me’. The beer, our version of an American IPA, is brewed with a blend of Wheat and Pale ale malts to give a spicy, biscuity undertone to the beer, but it is in the hops where the beer really shines. A blend of hops from England, Slovenia and America (namely Boadicea, Columbus and Stryian Goldings) combine to give a wonderful grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma and bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of the barley.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thinkywhinky (2) - ITALY - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
Ottima IPA. Giusto equilibrio tra la luppolatura non eccessiva e il grado alcolico. Da consigliare.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
This is very good. Deep golden colour with aroma of toffee, lemongrass and Belgian yeast. Masses of hop taste balances the sweetness. But the alcohol still comes through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cunningham (4440) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
Unusual lovely golden orange colour with a white head. Fresh citric hoppy aroma. Lovely hoppy flavour. Light fruity and some mild caramel in the background. Absolutely an outstandig and lovely brew.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichaelAwesome (3920) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle shared with McTapps. And I honestly must admit this one should be shared with the whole world. I have never discovered a beer which was that fliwerish and fresh with that high abv. It is also hoppy and has some citrus in the back but hitting you with a really light taste, some tulips and roses behind it - well, this special. Maybe a bit strange in some moments but also very unpredictable. High scores all the way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 This is a beer that looks good. Stylish box and bottle, environmentally friendly or not it looks damn good. The Bugatti Veyron is another example. The colour that exudes from the bottle is something else. Full golden, refractive and glowing - a lively colour that makes your stomach settle and your heart lift. Aromas of floral, citrus, peachy hops and a glimpse into that grain that provides Adnams classic malt base, firm and assertive - a platform for all the rest of each beers flavours. And so it is, bursts of hops and malt, citrus flavours, earthy flavours and a hint of warmth; a slight sweetness of honeyed toast leaves for a dry, bitter end, the finish is poised and well timed, yet could last a little longer to be right up there with the few beers of noteworthy comparison. Serve in a riedel pilsner glass to garner even more sense of occasion at about 8/9 degrees. Price tag justified, it seems we are starting to have good bottled beers worth paying money for popping up all over the UK at the moment. Some really should be left in cask though - just as others shouldn’t be put into one. And it’s damn good with belly pork.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 Corrrrrrrrr,Bottle,orange ish in colour with a small ed,aromer of grapefruit tangerine pine cones and cedar,taste of brillness,orange pine cedar and lots of fruitiness,by thunder its a goodun and my trousers didn’t fall down either.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle 500ml from a bottleshop in Williamstown. Very well balanced strong ale. Aromas of caramel, butter, nuts, with hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, almost creamy. Brown, with a frothy head.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1052) - SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2012
Lovely deepish gold, thin white head. Heady fruit and hops on the nose. Packed with well balanced sweetish malt and fruity hops. The finish is delicious and long lasting, lovely brew!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. A - Golden orange color with a decent sized, foamy off-white head. Recedes fairly quickly. Very limited lacing left over. Sl - Both malt and hop scents are full and jumping out of the glass. Good amount of citrus hops. Decent amount of caramel and apple. Candied fruit kind of smell. T - Nice balanced caramel malt and apple taste. Also a little honey. Faint hops (probably due to age). They provide a bit of citrus and pine/floral flavors. Had a caramel apple and autumn taste. Really well balanced as a whole between the caramel malt the fruitiness and the slight citrus. The caramel/apple dominate but the slight hop flavors come in at the end, usually on the back of the palate. M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Quite smooth and somewhat drying. D - Superb aside from the ABV. It is very well balanced and goes down smooth. The problem is that it has more of a taste of a session lower ABV beer but the ABV is a bit too high to be that kind of beer. Notes: Ok so apparently my review may be slightly skewed in that it is an older bottle (reviewed in Feb. 2010), but the best buy on the neck says 06 Feb. 11, however other reviews say their best by was in 08, so take this for what it is worth. Would have loved to try this fresh as it is still good with a bit of age (albeit probably not what the brewer intended). Really good and balanced beer, but the ABV is a little high to be a session beer (although the alcohol taste is not present). All that said, like one of the reviewers before me said, this is quite possibly the last review of this beer. That is quite a shame. It was a good beer from a good brewery. If there are any odd bottles left over or they brew it again pick it up (although the odd bottles may be going bad sometime soon?).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1044) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear deep golden color with small frothy off-white head, good lacing and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of citrus, lychee, banana, mild malt and herbs. Taste starts with moderate sweet malty and fruity, following is refreshing herbal, mouthfeel is quite crisp and dry, while finish is heavy bitter with long aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and average carbonation in palate. Excellent balance between malts and hops...


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