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Brewed by Allendale
Style: Bitter
Hexham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A real brewer’s beer! Premium gravity and a full citrus bitterness really make this golden - caramel coloured ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
Golden amber, very spicy aroma w toffee, and an almost smoked nut finish. Strange brew. I wasn’t sure the nut til Sun said hazelnut, and she was right.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle 500ml (AbM)
My first one from this brewery. Clear amber color, good off-white head, lace. Interesting, says "citrus aroma", this citrus is almost coffeish for my nose. Also light barnyard notes. Light-bodied. Citrus, herbs, caramel, kind of tacky flavor. Woody notes. Not infected or something but feels like something is not right here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Bottled (from AbM). Amber colour mediumsized fluffy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is big time toasted notes and a huge amount of crystal maltiness. Flavour is crystal malts, some slight herbal and grassy bitterness along with a slight toasted edge to it. This was a rather alternative take on a bitter...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
blokeley (7) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014 does not count
Way too sharp for me. The Swift is supposed to have caramel notes but I’m not getting them. The Swift is not a patch on the Puffin best bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3593) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear bronze colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Minimally strawy aroma, a touch of milk chocolate, fruity hints of red berries, some citrusy hop. Taste is minimally sweet caramel malty, a touch of nougat, citrusy hoppy overtones; bitter hoppy, minimally chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2041) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 6, 2013
Cask @ Diggers, Edinburgh [030813]
Amber, clear, frothy dense head, good lacing...good appereance helped by the Aitken fount
Aroma of citrus hops, soft grapefruit and lemon hops, soft sweet fruity citrus malt
Taste as aroma, nice mellow sweet fruity caramel malt and soft citrus hop
Palate - Medium body, bit oily. Finish as main flavour, fairly sweet palate, soft bitter finish
Overall - Decent stuff - it’s a hybrid bitter / golden ale..very good condition which helped bump up the score

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5029) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2011
50cl bottle from Scottish friends. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Nice and quaffable. I think it’s a bitter but it doesn’t say so, so feel free to correct me.

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