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Arbor FF #16- Elephant In The Room

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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 90   ABV: 3%
Cask; Special - Freestyle Fridays #16.
An American wheat half IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leighton (18082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Cask at CPK, London. Pours clear yellow with a foamy, white head. Interesting nose, some tropical fruits, faint hay. Flavor is faintly sweet and way overly bitter, with huge apricot notes. Yeah, the sweetness is nowhere near adequate to offset the intense hops. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Very mild sweetness in the finish with a further onslaught of unchecked hops. More apricot and tropical fruits. Way too unbalanced. Itís great that breweries want to make hoppy low ABV beers, but they should actually scale back the hops somewhat when they lower the malt content. This beer was far too astringent. Not an enjoyable beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2012
16th July 2012
Craft. Hazy pale gold beer, short white head. Palate is light and pretty dry. Moderate carbonation. Dry citrus bitterness - lemon and grapefruit mostly. Pithy dry finish with a long bitter aftertaste. Mild minerals. Despite this being a 3.0% beer - itís an astringent bastard! I did have some pleasure out of this but Iím an old hand. The punters, by all accounts, found it a bit much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4274) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2012
Cask @ Craft Beer Co. Pale golden yellow colour, reasonable head. Bitter lemon aroma & flavour. Very bitter aftertaste. This is the most bitter beer I have ever had. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Cask at CP&K. It pours cloudy golden, with a thin white head. The nose is citrus fruit (particularly orange and grapefruit), spice, grass and urine. The taste is intensely bitter, resin, grass, spice, wheat, soap, pine and lots of grapefruit, with a long, aggressively bitter finish. Light-medium body and soft carbonation. Big, bold flavour, but probably too much for the body to handle. Iím unsure about this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1764) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Cask at the Craft Beer Co, London on 14th July 2012. Hazy gold with thin white head. Bitter hoppy aroma. Rich and intense hoppy bitterness in-mouth with grassy notes and peach scents. Lasting satisfying intensely bitter finish. An acquired taste for some, but this drinker acquired it first sip! An incredibly intense flavour profile for a 3% ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Three Tuns, Bristol 1/07/2012. Straw coloured with a thin white head. Big, grassy hop aroma with a touch of tropical fruit. Flavour had some cereal malts, and a hint more fruit which gave way to a rasping, bitter finish. A lot going on for 3% ABV, but a bit one dimensional.

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