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Brewed by Butcombe
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available bottled year round.
Originally released as a special as Brunel 200 IPA for the Brunel Birthday Celebrations in April 2006.

Brunel and his fellow engineers challenged our sense of what was possible, and in doing so changed the face of the world. Brunel IPA is a clean tasting, dry and hoppy, authentic recipe India Pale Ale. Amber in colour, full bodied with a bittersweet finish…perfectly engineered!


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Desverger (2121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
(cask@Rake Bar’s Bristol Beer Festival) Amber with a beige head with medium lacing. Malt and caramel with a medium/light body. Ok to Average.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
500ml Bottle: best before 14 May 2013, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 12 Aug 2012. Chestnut brown and clear body: on top a huge foaming crown of off-white bubbles. Solid hop nose with mild malt undertones: an understated aroma, but got stronger as the beer warmed (I’d cooled it in the fridge). The taste was interesting: hop bitterness countered by some malty sweetness (caramel and toffee notes): The body was well balanced and the 5% ABV suited the brew nicely. I’ll certainly have this again if I see it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (3441) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2012
Pours rusty to amber with a decent head, lots of carbo, maltish aroma with some biscuits and floral tones, flavor of malt, herby to floral hops, low sweetness, citrus skin, medium bodied

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kerenmk (2400) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 23, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. VEry clear copper with a thin white film. Sweet, malty, a little honey aroma. Rich, delicate bitter taste, malty and round. Smooth, light body, a little sweet finish. OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5829) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 19, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. Clear deep golden-copper. Aroma of earthy hops, a bit of minerals and malt. Sweetish flavor with malt, a tiny bit of caramel and some earthy hops bitterness. Medium-bodied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1353) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2012
50cl bottle. Clear brown, filtered with small to medium white head. Nose : caramel, grains, some nuts. Fruity banana , orange and peach. Watermelon. Sip : low density , oily texture with tingling carbonation. Little sweet cake, with interesting bitter taste. The bitterness is a good balance between delicate coffee and dominating grapefruit. And I must confirm it’s easy to drink. Great blend. It’s a big shame it’s just so little alcohol in it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jonb5 (365) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2011
Half pint. Copper colour, very clear. One finger head which the beer retained well. Light corky soapy hoppy smell. Very bitter, light smoky fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfull. Overall ok but not world class.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1374) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in March 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear red amber in colour with a thin creamy white head. Clear dusty hop in the short aroma. thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Digestive biscuit malt with citric fruit notes of lemon and orange peel. Dusty hops give a big presence in the resiny aftertaste. Finish is well robust with strong malty overtones. Excellent session ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
Very pleasant Premium Bitter on cask @ JDW Moon Under Water, Manchester. Met a guy called Kevin whose well knows all Spoons staff on first names in Manchester, he recommended this to me. Huge malty backbone to this, backed up by Goldings Hops. Dry, big body to it, fruit, caramel possibly in there. Lovely beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
My bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and grainy along with caramel malt and not really much hops to speak of. Flavour of caramel malt, grain, very light hops and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not what I look for in an IPA but it’s reasonably well made.


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