rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can, from Tesco Scunthorpe. Insipid brown colour, no head and low condition. Traces of sweet caramel in the nose, soft and sweet in the mouth with a slight toffee note, some chalky bitterness emerging in the finish to break the monotony but otherwise hardly worth the effort.
berkshirejohn (6074) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
440ml can from Tesco. Mid brown with a thin white head; musty malt aroma; thin with a sweet malt flavour; and a caramel malt finish. Drinkable, but not on a par with the bottled 2.8’s at Tesco.
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
can, light hoppy and malty aroma, not very stable foam, amber colour, clear, medium bitterness, not nice failure ..hard wort taste..not good. light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, nothing special. I will stay at their Dark Mild instead
Hugh (208) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
4-pack 440ml cans from Tescos.
I chose this to try an example of the new 2.8% abv beers, and because I inferred from the ’Calcutta’ and ’Pale Ale’ that this might have the higher hop rate of an India export beer that would make a 2.8% beer palatable. Wrong! It’s bland and wishy washy, tasting like a 50% mix of quite a good bitter and water. Unlike other reviewers I did not find any metallic notes in the beer. But how’s this for an idea, Cains - use some hops to give the beer flavour.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
4pack from the plush new Beduth MegaTesco. Handsome can- bonus point for the elephant. Best thing about this metallic, messy piss of a beer. Not pale but russet with a slim off-white lid. Orange barley sweets, raffia, smear of honey aroma. Metallic with caramel, barley sweet, wooden and biscuit notes. Finishes with a poisonous, paracetamol bitterness. No idea what I’m going to do with the other 3 cans of this- I won’t be drinking them. Flat and watery, with metallic off-notes. Not a good advert for this new sub genre of 2.8% beers.
ralphdot (1041) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2.8% amber colour with a thin head, flowery hop aroma, malt and hop taste and bitter, not too bad.
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can from Tesco
Light brown amber...clear...white head
Aroma of light malts
Taste of light malts...cereal...light biscuit...hint of spicy hop...papery....dull
Palate - thin body...watery. Finish - increased bitterness with a metallic edge
Overall - Bit better than Tesco Value Bitter but that’s it.
undercurrent25 (1954) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not really a pale ale as its more like a low alcohol bitter, taste is malty and biscuity