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Banks’s / Feral Australian IPA

Formerly brewed at Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: American Pale Ale
Wolverhampton, England


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask: Special - JDW Beer Festival.
After his impressive début at our 2011 spring real-ale festival, Brendan Varis, from Feral (Australia’s reigning champion brewery), has returned to brew another beer for us, this time collaborating with Banks’s Brewery, in the West Midlands. This impressive IPA is brimming with recently released Australian-grown-and-bred hop varieties, providing an intense tropical fruit aroma and flavours of pineapple, mango and passion fruit. Hops used: Galaxy, Stella, Topaz

maeib's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - OCT 31, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton 26/10/12. A golden coloured beer with a white head and lace. Decent hoppy notes with a bit of sweet berry. Doesn’t show off those lovely hops as you’d like especially in the nose, but there are some good flavours and it has a nice body. To be fair I drank this straight after the Adnams/Avery collab which was stunningly hoppy. This, I dare say, suffered for that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5529) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Oct, 2012. JDW, Winchester. JDW Fest Autumn 2012. Pale, sweet, citric, hoppy, but not aggressive. A very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Cask at the David Macbeth Moir. Pours golden amber, floral, light zesty fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2012 - Deep Gold in colour. Very Fruity; orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). Very Hoppy; resinous hops. Malty; toasty malts, caramel. Sweetish citrus fruity and malty throughout. Very drinkable. Liked this a lot. Nice Aussie IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear gold with a fine, white foam head. Pleasant citrus on the nose, light bready malts. Medium sweet flavor with grapefruit, melon and orange. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild resinous finish with mellow pine, further grapefruit and orange. Nice IPA. Probably the best of this Spoon Fest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5816) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Oct 2012 - draught - bittersweet, bit floral, light body. Overall it’s a below average American-style IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Copper coloured with a slight white head. Tropical fruit aroma of mango, pineapple and clementine. Flavour had plenty more fruit, some solid malts and a dryish finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6197) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill 3 Nov 12. JDW festivaløl. Gyldenbrun. Lavt, litt farget skum som klamrer seg til glasset. God fruktaroma. Smaken overmoden frukt. Banan. Syrlig avslutning. Tungdrikkelig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8312) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
Hopped with plenty of tropical fruit. It’s strength is evident in its full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4645) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Cask by handpump at The Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow (24 Oct 12) - clear amber brown, thin white head, fruity floral hop aroma, fruity, pineapple, citrus aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10928) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
Festival ale, half, at JDWs Liberty Bounds. Patchy surface with lots of dimples. Good lacing down the glass. Clear copper coloured body. Fine aroma of hoppy fruits and mid-sweet malts. Orange and pineapples in flavour with notes of semi-sweet malts. Marmalade impression. Bittersweet ending that lingers for a white. Nice (London, 03.11.2012).

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