Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Cask: Regular.
CAMRA Supreme Champion 2002.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craigbeerlover (11) - ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stejaameehon (2) - Huddersfield, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2005 does not count
Great hoppy beer, a moreish element to it, both visually and through the palate. Excellent Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2005
An excellent full flavoured beer. Sharp and with some lemon tang. Goes down well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
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?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 nose is lemon cheesecake, woodshavings and as it warms (i had it served too cold) i detect a little grapefruit, mildly hoppy with a thin but creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish. goes down nicely in a long session.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 March, 2005 Britannia, Chatham. Toffee edging into diactyl was the primary flavour of this acclaimed ale. I had enjoyed the filtered bottled 4.4% version some three years ago just after it had won Supreme Champion. Perhaps it was the extra abv or the stronger carbonation; or perhaps it was the dull condition of this cask, but I preferred the bottled version. This had a mild orange tang and a soft finish. There was a grassy urine aroma, and the whole thing was pleasant enough (once the palate had adjusted to the slight diactyl) - but it certainly wasnít fresh and exciting. [2.9]
Nov, 2007 JDW, Bexleyheath Buttery with a dash of hops. OK. A very average beer. [2.7]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2005
cask@chalies Bar, Copenhagen. Soft and smooth with notes of elder flower and delicate hoppy aftertaste.

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