harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Cask handpull at Druids Arms, Maidstone. Normally a favourite of mine but this wasnt awfully good, so I will re-rate when I have a better pint. Pale copper colour thin white head. Distinctive hop citric aroma with a bit of caramel. Thin in mouth bit watery. Some citrus hop on the end.
Re-rate on 24/9/5. Cask handpull at Bohemian, Deal. Pale gold, bubbly white head, grapefruit citrus and fresh hop aroma. Pale malt underpins more aggressive green hop, leading to good hoppy, citric dry finish. Distinctive tea flavours too
orei (3) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from cask in 2004 in York and Ayr. Low alcohol IPA in style. Quite bitter and fruity with distinct hop character. Surprisingly tasty for itís low alcohol.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Golden Bitter. Offered the choice of Greene King IPA or this I would take this every time. However - it does, like Landlord, suffer easily from not being kept in decent condition. Heavier beers can handle being left in the sun or being left tapped for too long. But the Deuchars is a delicate bitter. When served cool, fresh and settled this is crisp and fruity with some of the fragrant citric qualities of a Golden Ale. Sadly - like Landlord - most times itís muddled, mucky and a bit greasy.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite beer sampled on my recent trip to Europe (which included Belgium!).
This beer really surprised me. For 3.8% abv, this is extremely well balanced between hops and malt. This is the session beer that I want to quaff all the time. Why canít I have this in the US??!
Pumps into my glass a murky golden color with a dense white head. Aroma is full of fruity, grassy and floral hoppyness. Tastes of pine cone, orange zest and lemon balanced well with light caramel malt. Creamy and soft on the palate, finishes dry. I love this beer, I drank 4 imperial pints in one session! This is the ultimate session beer for a hophead.
craigbeerlover (11) - ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank on cask at the Lantern Pike Inn, Derbyshire.
Has the taste of earthy notes, but was easily drinkable and complimented the meal well.
Not something Iíd drink alot of but now and again though mind.
stejaameehon (2) - Huddersfield, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hoppy beer, a moreish element to it, both visually and through the palate. Excellent Ale.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 2.7: Pint poured at The Sheep Heid Inn, a pale yellow and thin head. Aroma reminds me of a buttery chardonnay. Very sharp on the palate, which brings through a sour taste. Disappointing for me, especially after the superb Sheep Heid Ale (which I canít seem to rate).
3.5: Rated again at The Bell next to Cannon St Station in London. A much better kept ale, flowery and fruity with good bittering. My kind of session beer.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An excellent full flavoured beer. Sharp and with some lemon tang. Goes down well.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 The typical caledonian hoppiness, fresh stuff this, slight lemon, floral and grassy aroma. always a nice pint to pour, as its attractive.
Tried this also at the brewary itself, and found the cali 80 better, but both quite similar over all.
A decent session beer, but is mass produced now to a rediculus level in scotland. Rerate: Bland pritty boring compaired to what it used to be, and where are the hops?
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saltgrass, Síland. An award winning golden beer that is up there to be hit at - but canít really be as itís constantly good. Fantastic fruity, floral aroma leads into a richly hopped full body ending in a smooth dry finish. The low bitterness level really helps this beer to excel.