rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into tasting glass. Very light malt aroma, with low fruitiness. A: pretty, medium gold color. Slight haze, but OK clarity for style (and bottle conditioning). Very low head. F: Medium-high bitterness, low fruity esters, a little english hop flavor shows through. Not as much malt presence as Iíd like. Dry finish. M: Medium light body, low carbonation (OK for style). O: Very good example of the style. WOuld like to see more maltiness in both flavor and aroma (more crystal malt would suit this well). Back off on sulfates in water a little bit.
slowrunner77 (5896) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little better than the XB save for the aroma, but this is slightly more complex and flavorful. Still not a standout instyle or worth the price, though, IMO. Live and learn..."
bierkitty (166) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a pint (more or less) bottle: Poured gold-yellow with a small light head. Spicy and interesting hop aroma. Tastes light and fruity with moderate bitterness. Not bad.
Mr_Pink_152 (830) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Asda. Light amber colour with a thin white head. Aromas of malt, and floral hops, flavour follows.
Zymurgeist2 (1051) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Moderate stone ground wheat malt. Slight earth and orange. Clear, light copper gold with ivory head. Flavor is slightly papery. Thin mouthfeel. A little peaty on the very back.
Stuedmaster (223) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nice, easily drinkable British bitter. From a 500 ml. bottle. Pours rich, clear gold with a nice white fluffy head that retains and leaves lacing. Aroma of grass, sweet malt, grains, and slightly floral. Taste is quite dry and bitter but manageable, it is a mild to medium bitterness, not too resiny. Has more of a grassy, herbal character. Has a light body, slick texture, average to soft carb., and bitter finish but still refreshing.
rumproasts (2941) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep golden with small head. light body with mild hoppy bite. a bit of fruitiness lingers below. reasonably complex and flavorful.
superspak (2684) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, F13-253 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of biscuit, white bread, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of white bread, biscuit, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, biscuit, light caramel, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice English bitter style. Well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, from Party Source. Code on back of bottle reads F14-346. Clear orange color. Thin khaki head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Light to medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Kind of a lightly creamy texture. Kind of a metallic nose, some caramel flavor, light toastiness, and good light bit of citrusy earthy hop. A light bit of lager type funk in the flavor, or maybe the smell of an older bottle. Light to moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet taste. Pretty decent english bitter. Nice amount of hop, and certainly smooth and easy drinking.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma -there is a bread quality, some subtle floral esters
Appearance - nice amber body; liquid is clean and clear; head is off-white and sets up at about 1 3/4" head that very slowly begins to fade.
Taste - taste has a nice sort of spiced hop, there is also bread malt, and a little tang to boot.
Palate - body is light; the texture of the slightest creaminess; the carbonation is soft; the finish is slightly spiced and mildly tangy
ineedbeer (783) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500mL bottle.
Aroma has a nice, fairly assertive malt character with quite a bit of cracker, biscuit and graham cracker notes with faint caramel. Medium light earthy and woodsy hop notes compliment, but play a background role. Faint floral esters.
Pours an almost perfectly clear, copper color with a medium thick, somewhat small, off white head that displays really nice retention.
Flavor is similar to aroma with a light sweetness upfront as well as some cracker and biscuit notes. Medium light bitterness that helps dry out the finish. Medium light woodsy hop character with a touch of herbal spice. Finish has a bready, cracker note to it that goes well with the drying character.
Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice, easy drinking, balanced beer. I forget how good a clean, British session beer can be. Nice simple, but intriguing malt character with balanced hop notes and bitterness. Faint esters that do not overwhelm at all.