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Allendale Wagtail Ale

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A traditional amber session bitter. Renamed and redesigned Best Bitter. Superbly balanced with a floral hop aroma from plenty of traditional English Goldings and Fuggles hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (397) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Cask at Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham, £2.80/pint. Pours mid-amber/copper with thick, creamy white head and noticeable carbonation. Aroma is cereal, ripe fruits and damp leaves. Opens dry with some hints of tropical fruits and caramel before dryness continues into long and lingering bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear amber, no head. Aromas of caramel, dried fruit. Taste is sweet, caramel. Thin watery finish. Dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2015
On cask at thee Olde Ship Inn in Seahouses. Appearance - golden amber with a decent head. Nose - slightly elusive but oranges and biscuits. Taste - orange and biscuits again. Tasty. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall -nice ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle as Alias Lindisfarne Holy Island Bitter, picked up by Isobel (thanks Isobel) from Holy Island (I believe) consumed at home Thursday 11th December 2014. Sadly this was a shocker, insipid, thin, watery beer. A touch of caramel, lacking in bitterness, in fact it is simply a case if where is the bloody flavour. Stick on a touristy Holy Island Bitter label and flog it for £2.90 (or whatever the scandalous price was) robbing gits, shameful! Btw are we sure this is still an alias, my rating seems quite out of kilter for what otherwise looks a pretty decent beer by Allendale and I wouldn’t wish to knock what appears to be a good beer. A4 A3 T3 P1 Ov7 1.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3568) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle from Fenwick, Newcastle. Bright amber coloured with spicy fruit and toffee flavours, malty and burnt toffee notes followed by citrus on the finish. Very good considering its’ low ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6132) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2014
500ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Sultanas, dried apricot and some floral notes in the aroma. Nicely balanced taste with sultanas, biscuity malt and a hint of apricot. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ken1 (1436) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
A fruity sweet aroma. Flavor is grape like bitter with a watery aftertaste. Color is dark amber with a white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from Alesbymail. Clear orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and moderate hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 010214

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_hall (174) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Bottled. A clear, light copper colour, with noticeable carbonation but a minimal off-white head. Honeyed hops on the nose, with some citrus and malt too. A definite smokey malt flavour, but well balanced with a sweet start, drier middle, and clean, dry, bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14782) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle 500ml (AbM)
Clear amber/copper color, small white head. Caramel, grain and light hoppyness in the nose. Light bodied. English pale malty, typical English hoppyness. Nice late bitterness. Fruity sweetish notes. Quite classic English bottled bitter and stands much bolder than its 3.8 %.

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