Frank (2888) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled version. Hoppy, slightly doughy aroma. A touch of skunk on pouring but it wanes in a quick moment. Quite attractive with a golden orange color, white foamy head, and spots of lace. Slightly cloudy but that might have been the pour. Medium bodied. The flavor is slightly watery but it's no major issue. Bluebird is mostly dominated by hoppy bitterness with a malt backbone that just barely keeps up. Some earthy notes. Quick, dry finish with just a touch of lingering bitterness.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale gold. Medium head. Very hoppy aroma, but definately of the English hop variety (challenger?). Flavor: sourdough bread, EXTREMELY metallic finish. Why is my bitter sour? Almost tastes like a berliner weiss. I hope this was a bad bottle.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber, with a small white head, lightly clinging lace. Aroma is hoppy, grassy, citrusy. Flavor starts with a little maltiness, caramel mostly, in the middle the hops come through, although not too strongly. In the end, it gets metallic, and the metallic flavor lingers on, rather unpleasantly.
fraternie (824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colored, very little head. Sour apple malt flavor. Finish is VERY metallic. I must have gotten a bad bottle if this is really supposed to be the best beer in all of England. The malt is decently enjoyable until the finish DESTROYS it. Metallic, dirty sock finish that lingers.
Panzuriel (1312) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber beer with a good head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice flavor. Good bitters. Good dry aftertaste.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big head that faded quickly. My beer was a light yellow. Subtle hop finish, a good English beer but not a stand-out. Sorry to hear about the bottler. Hoping to get the cask after I win the lottery and move to U.K.
imdownthepub (10326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Conditioned. Dark amber beer with frothy cream head. Good malty rich flavour, with late hop rush and drying effect. Wonder who is going to bottle it now that Brakspeares have chucked the towel in?
presario (4643) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Didn't notice it was bottle fermented until after the pour. Sediment stayed in the bottle so the drink was clear in the glass. Hop aroma and strong hop taste. Light head with a fair lacing. Smooth with a dry finish. I did not pick out much in the way of other flavours or malt. With less hops this might be almost tasteless. A different taste for a bitter, likened to a low alcohol IPA.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a huge frothy off white head but it disappears quickly. Body is golden coloured and slightly hazy. Nose of floral hops dominate with hints of spice. Flavour is rather malty, bitter and quite floral. Finish is semi-sweet but leaves a dry acidic taste lingering in my mouth. A decent beer if you like to flirt with bitter but don't mind a sweetness to cover it up.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of floral spiced hops and grainy malt. The brew pours from the bottle a medium hazy clover-honeyed amber with floating yeast "mothers". The titanic white rocky head is fully lasting with good lacing. The brew starts malty with hints of spice. The finish is medium sweet then bitter with light acidity. The medium creamy and soft body finishes slightly alcoholic. Light on flavor and depth for a bitter, but would make for an excellent session offering.