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Banks’s UCB (Ultimate Curry Beer) (Cask)

Banks’s UCB (Ultimate Curry Beer) (Cask)
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Brewed by Banks’s (Marstons)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Cask; Occasional.
An exotic blend of four hop varieties deliver a rich, full flavoured beer with a delicious clean bitter finish to cut through and cleanse the palate. Voted the best beer to accompany a curry in the 1998 Beauty of the Hop Awards.
See: Deep Amber
Smell: Spicy Hop, Hints of Citrus Fruit
Taste: Full & Rich, Balanced, Peppery Hop
Bitter: 4
Sweet: 3.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2010. No notes as pre-Ratebeer for me but rating transferred from the Facebook Beerseek app.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3053) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Cask at the Bridge, Kingswinford. Pours dark orange with a large head. Aroma is citrus and piney hops. Taste is piney hops and orange. Citrus, medium bitter finish. Bready aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1509) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Tried this at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Strong aroma of Seville oranges. Good lacing and creamy mouthfeel. Pale malts give a strong fruity note of thick cut old fashioned marmalade and barley sugar sticks. Hop resins are spicy and compliment the malt element well. Sweet notes return in the alcoholic warmth like Grand Marnier. Superb ESB style beer and highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
From cask at Counting House. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild roasted malty. Fruity, slight peachy and citrusy. Crisp hoppy. Peachy crisp fruity into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
Cask at the Central Bar JDW, London. Pours a clear, golden-copper hue with a creamy, white head. Light caramel and bread malt nose with some light citrus hops. Decent flavor with mild sweetbread malts and a surprisingly nice bitterness of earth, pine and citrus. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous and piney on the finish, with citrus and caramel. Pretty darn good, actually. There is some stickiness that really hangs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (2085) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Cask, Francis Nesting. Deep golden colour, slightly skunky aroma. Full body, sweet with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2010
Cask Conditioned Handpump High Cross Leicester. A dark copper coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. There is a fairly simple leafy aroma but it’s better in the mouth. Bittersweet balance with citrus notes in the background. There’s a bitter sting too. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2010
1st November 2010.
Spoons Fest! Clear amber beer, tidy offwhite head. Smooth dry palate. A little toffee malt swamped by some bitter hops. Prett full on grapefruit and a little orange marmalade. Spicy dry finish. Could imagine this holding it’s own with a Madras!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1837) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2010
Cask - The Glass House (JDW), Norwich. Fine & bubbly, lasting beige head & a clear brown body. Decent hops in this. Perfumey fruit aromas. Juicy fruits on the tongue, some orange & a good, dry grassyish end. Lingering finish, low carbonation though not too soft on the palate. Pretty nice & aromatic in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2010
Cask, The Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Big hopes for this after Banks’s world cup effort, which was pretty hopped-up and decent....bright bronze with a beige slick. First impressions; good stewed hop character- loose tea, grapefruit, clean cashew afters. Battenberg amd marzipan-spread card background with clean vanilla and oak. Distinctive honeyed fern and aniseed aroma- Banks’s alright, but green with unripe citrus and leafy hop. More hop aroma than flavour in fact. Would undoubtedly accompany a curry better than Kingfisher, or some such other brewed-under-license, aloe vera-scented fizz....but times and beer have moved on from the Beauty of Hop Awards 1998.

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