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Allendale Wagtail Ale

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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   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 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (726) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2016
Copenhagen 31/1-2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Little bird - a wagtail I presume - peeking in light cool blue. Pours clear orange with white head. Dissolves fairly fast leaving only flimsy remnants of foam. Very moderate lacing. Aroma of orange and sharp dry sour lemon. Light carbonation and watery palate. Taste has a little sweetness as from caramel and toffee who is quickly overpowered by fruity tartness and distinct bitterness. Aftertaste is watery with medium bitterness. A bit too watery to be exceptional but a quite fine and refreshing bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4205) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Kay’s Bar, Edinburgh (10 Dec 2015), orange, biscuit, golden, amber with a thin, creamy, off-white head, orange, earthy, some biscuit, creamy, bitter hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (527) - 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 (7763) - 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 (4429) - 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 (8857) - 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 (3758) - 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 (6302) - 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 (1514) - 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 (15199) - 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

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