bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled cask at the Crosse Keys (JDW) Monument. Gold with a thick white collar. Impressive use of US hops, wheat and Marris Otter malts create a delicious session able IPA.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 April 2010 Cask. JDW Spring fest - Rochester. Initially quite pleasing. I sipped this first of my three samples and found it agreeably hoppy - fruity and flavoursome. I decided to drink it last. But after the sweet Rollercoaster and the hoppy Trashy Blonde, this comes over as a bit muddled and with an uncertain direction. Malt is fairly dry - golden pale with some biscuit and chalk notes, while the hops are unclear. I’m not sure the mix of Amarillo and Cascade works - both are brilliant hops on their own, so I wonder how they have been used here, and in what proportion as it seems a shame that such tasty hops can be reduced to this sort of mess. [2.1]
Oct, 2013 500ml dark glass bottle - filtered. Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt 2013. Pleasant biscuit malt with an attractive soft honey sweetness, enlivened with bramble and grapefruit hops - sharp and refreshing with an earthy autumnal feel, and not aggressive. This works well for me. [3.2]
Bullit (3823) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Bow Bar. Golden colour, bright head. Aroma is slightly biscuit. Flavour is biscuit, sour, slightly malty. 2.9
Rerate: Cask @ Counting House, JDW. Dark golden colour, short off-white head. Aroma biscuit malts. Flavour smooth malthy, some hops.
berkshirejohn (4121) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Straw with a thin, off-white, head; aromas of citrus and pine; light citrus flavour with some honey; and a light dry bitter finish. Rather ordinary. (4/15/2010 - 6/3/5/3/10=2.7)
50cl bottle from the Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt 2013 range. A fairly standard citrusy golden ale, nothing wrong with it, but nothing memorable either. (9/18/2013 - 6/4/6/3/10=2.9)
DanielBrown (3600) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pulled at the Figure of Eight, Birmingham. Honey golden. Perfumed aroma - nice. Lovely condition. Balanced, crisp bitter, with salt and a bit of oily hops (quite subtle). Some peppery bitterness. Super session beer.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Clear, golden coloured brew. Aroma is citrus, malty. Flavor is grainy, bitter, biscuit.
skortila (4311) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 On Cask @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh. The aroma has citrus, some malts. Clear, golden coloured with a creamy , white head. The taste is bitter, citric, bit weak. Dry finish.
downender (5842) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars’ Scottish beer festival, Bristol 02/09/09. Pale gold with a slight white head. Grapefruit and sweet malt aroma. Hoppy flavour, with citrus, grass and a dry finish. Ok.
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Cask at GBBF 2008. Golden with a small white head. Grassy aroma with brett-y grapefruit. Dry and hoppy flavour with brett. The infection may not be on purpose, but I liked it anyway. 3.2
Cask at GBBF 2011. Fruity with a bit of citrus. No brett this time.
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 1) ’Wayfarer IPA’, cask gravity, The Crown Summer BF 09, Nuneaton. Bright and golden with a tenacious head and lace specks. Freshly squeezed armpit, grapefruit, spliff, struck match and celery aroma. Humming tropical hop, dip of crackerbread, vanilla but hardly any, heady green resins, dry roasted peanut, some butter and popcorn in the aftertaste. Hopped up and mellow. A belter, betraying something of a BrewDog influence. Hands down Beer of The Festival.
2) (Spoons fest rate) The Baron, Hinckley. Pure gold with a shaving foam top draping the glass. Marmalade tang aroma; excellent mandarin jelly, piney and floral hop leading into fresh husky peanut malts; softer, clinging bread and cashew afters. Last minute, but one of the best beers of the festival for me.