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Buntingford Spalt Select


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Formerly brewed at Buntingford
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Royston, England


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Special - February/March 2011 (Single Hop Series).

A German variety used for aroma in lagers and pale ales. First introduced in the late 1980ís, or maybe the early 1990ís, depending on which source you read. In fact the variances over the date of introduction seems to be the only factoid about the hop, so Iíll shut up. Unless you are interested in itís Triploid derivation or its resistance to Peronspera. No, I thought not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
Cask at Southampton Arms. Clear gold with a slight white head. Grassy, light pine nose. Flavor is faintly sweet, quite bitter, tones of earth and grass. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Mildly sticky finish, grassy with weedy hops. Perhaps to much rtaw hops. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ladnewton (1763) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
Cask at the Pembury Tavern on 25th February 2011 during festival. Amber with zero head. Biscuit malt and honey in mounth and aroma with an elderflower kick. Aromatic floral hoppiness then light sweet end taste of honey and malt. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Pembury Tavern on 26 February 2011. I originally misread this as Spelt Select, so was expecting some sort of speciality grain thing. It turned out to be a mildly grassy golden ale with a light biscuity malt presence and a quite soft mouthfeel (not helped by the fact that it was rather flat). OK, but Iím not sure that this hop variety has enough oomph to drive a single hop beer of this type. Fine as a lager substitute I suppose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
Cask handpull at Pembury Tavern. Pale gold colour thin white head. Some hop some cereal flavour. Touch of lager flavour touch of butter. Not great but unusual

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