Brewed by Brains
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Unfiltered; Keg & Bottle: Filtered - Available occasionally
Launched 18 June 2012
Created by Simon Martin, aka Mr Real Ale Guide, this is a golden IPA with a hefty aroma of citrus flavours, especially grapefruit. Brewed with a trio of American hops – Zeus, Summit and Cascade, an initial smooth flavour leads to the huge citrus flavour of the hops kicking in towards the end, with oranges and a dry finish becoming apparent.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esox (1211) - Oulu, - FEB 2, 2013
Bottled. Amber colour, lacy head. Perfumy/sweet fruity hoppines with herbal notes and bready malts. A hint of syrupy caramel. Dryish matliness wit a hint of toffy, fruity yeast and dull woody/herbal bitterness. This is American IPA? Flat and lightly oily body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 25, 2015
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a clear orange color forming a small white head with low persistence and only few lacings left in the glass. S: Smell is sweet with strong notes of caramel and citrus fruits. Notes of grapefruit, resin and herby hops. Hints of bubblegum. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and grapefruits. very herby and grassy. Hints of resin and bubblegum. Medium but persistent hops bitterness finish. M: Medium body. Average carbonation. Grassy and malty aftertaste. O: Medium drinkability. It’s supposed to be an American IPA but, in the end, it’s nothing more than an average British IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
guzgorog (524) - FRANCE - SEP 25, 2015
Ambrée limpise, faible mousse blanche. Nez faible de malt caramel et de houblons herbeux. Attaque plutôt maltée (caramel), puis finale (enfin finale si on veut, ça arrive vite et ça disparait aussi vite...) plutôt herbeuse. Corps très légèrement liquoreux et sucré, faible carbo, longueur inexistante, amertume moyenne histoire d’avoir une sensation sur le palais. Très décevant, plutôt une médiocre english IPA qu’une american IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (197) - SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2015
* Bottle. Pours gold, clear, with an off-white head. * Aroma is tropical citrus fruit. * Palate is medium body, medium carbonation, very fine bubbles. * Taste is fruity (orange, lemon, lime), bread & grapes. * Finish is light, sweet, fruity. * Overall citrus fruits bread & grapes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2015
At Great British Beer Festival 2015. Day 3. Clear golden beer with a small head. Malty caramel aroma, hay, grass, citrus, some grapes. Bready hop flavor, grassy, hay, citrus, some grapes. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (958) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear pale amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, slight cereal, grapefruit, orange and a lot of herbal hops. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange, some red berries and herbal hops, quite medicinal. Light bodied and a spritzy texture. A dry, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Quite malty with unappealing herbal hop tones. Not bad but doesn’t tastes its strength, to thin too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pijepiwo (262) - - AUG 14, 2015
Piwo probowane przed rejestracja na ratebeer, ktorego niemam zamiaru powtarzac. ocena z notatek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at the GBBF 2015. Low fluffy white quickly disappearing head. Clear amber body. Dusty bitter aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onkelgobber (159) - Edinburgh, - JUL 23, 2015
Another Tesco IPA. Pours fairly nice with a small white head. Nose has a lot of malts and not many green notes. Taste is similar, but the green notes are slightly more dominant, though still not clear and dry enough to make it a good IPA. A bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1837) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2015
330ml bottle. A clear amber with a fine and fading off-white to beige head. Earthy malts present but a solid hop-focus. Tropical/citrus hops are balanced (perhaps outweighed, even) by sweeter malt notes. Lacks the body I’d expect of its ABV. Spritzy carbonation, firm mouthfeel and a fine length to end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (2086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange. Nose is citrus, grapefruit, grain, tangerine. Taste is tangerine, malts, fruity hops, citrus. Cant say what it lacks but somehow a bit lame. Also quite watery for the abv.

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