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Brewed by Blue Monkey
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Nottingham, England
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also avaolable bottled and in keg.

A pale, strong ale. A complex and sophisticated IPA, using assertive American hops. Aromas of resinous pine, orange and just the right level of citrussiness. A dry finish and moderate bitterness make this deceptively quaffable for its 5.4%, so take care!
Colour: Golden
Hops: Simcoe, Chinook
Availability: Year Round, but please book ahead as we have a waiting list for this beer.


BlackHaddock's rating

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3511) - Shropshire, - APR 10, 2012
Had this in two different bars recently, this review is of a hand pulled pint from the excellent ’Wrekin Inn’ Wellington, Shropshire (Oct 2011). Golden colour, thin white head, not the best looking beer on earth, but OK. The smells were of citrusy hops (they are American apparently, Simcoe and Chinook)and some pine like resinous. Good mix of flavours, well blended with the hops taking centre stage and the hop hovvering in the background, but never far away. This is fairly strong for a UK IPA, but it hides the alcohol well and although hoppy it is nowhere near the West Coast of the US (currently) style of hop crazy brews.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 28, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe [270414]
Pale blonde, slight haze, thin white head
Aroma - Citrus hops, soft light sweet hop resins, nice light sweet pale malt background, fresh floral citrus hop nose
Taste as aroma, nice fresh zesty citrus, soft floral notes, always like these light sweet pale malts in hoppy beers, some pine, really nice sharp zest
Palate - soft carb, light to medium body, good bitter sweet balance, nice zesty fresh palate. Finish as main flavour, crisp and clean.
Overall - Really good beer, moreish and quaffable

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (331) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Golden with a creamy white head and thin lacing. Aroma of malt, tropical fruit, pine and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with tropical fruit, malty with a medium to strong bitter finish with grassy hops and a hint of alcohol. Minerally and slightly spicy. Super.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (287) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2014
Blonde pour with a small head, aroma of tropical fruits and malts. Taste of citrus, some earthy notes, with a strong hops note towards the end and a very bitter finish. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5110) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
500ml Bottle - Amber/gold in colour. Grapefruit, pine, peach and biscuity malt in the aroma. Hoppy taste with peach, grapefruit detected plus hints of lemon and tea detected. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2627) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask at the Shovel, Lye. Pours gold with a medium head. Aroma is sweet, with piney grapefruit. Taste is sweet to start with piney hops. Grassy low bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Islington. Pours golden yellow with a thin off white head. Caramel and light citrus aromas, maybe a flowery note. Taste has good bitterness matching the caramel sweetness. Medium body, smooth texture, clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (983) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Cask at the Beamish beer festival. A golden ale. Very bitter and hoppy with lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit. A lingering bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Keg, 6% at Lyric Soho. It pours hazy pale golden with a medium white head. The nose is straw, spice, grass, floral, white grape, tangerine and mango. The taste is crisp, floral, straw, grass, mandarin, clementine, nice bitterness and orange sherbet with a crisp, bitter finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp, well-balanced and highly drinkable. Works better on keg than cask for me. Really rather delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1280) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Aroma: Caramel and citrus.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Very light carbonation. No lacing.

Taste: Fruity and quite sweet. Flavours of lime, flowers, sticky pine resin and caramel.

Palate: Thin to medium body with an oily texture. Average carbonation.

Overall: I’d like this to be even hoppier but it’s still a decent strong Pale Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
allmatthew (12) - London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle from BeerBods (500ml). A lovely woody after taste, medium bitterness, lightly sour, slick feel, and with soft carbonation. Particularly enjoyable (especially given the warm weather) and, as the official description says, it is deceptively quaffable!


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