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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask; Seasonal - November. Also available bottled.
An already full flavoured IPA, made with the very aromatic Simcoe hops is then made even bigger by using fresh ‘green’ Target hops infused into the slowly conditioning beer. Designed for those who like their hops as an extreme sport!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico, 07/10/13. Clear blond with a good sized white head. Nose is grassy, bitter hops, grapefruit, mango. Taste comprises bitter grapefruit, orange pith, fresh hops, citrus peel, grass. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, grassy bitterness in the finish. Great cask IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle from Domus Birrae. BBF 15 Oct 13. Pours hazy dark gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is mixed hop over mild roast malt. Med + body. Flavor is very hoppy - but the combo suggests scorched rubber. Hop burn. Strongly hopped. Grabs the taste buds and won’t let go. Earth and resin seem to be strong components. This is extreme. If rating multiple beers, make this the last. The scorched rubber thing is not a bad thing. In this beer anyway. With time the flavor does seem to separate into components. So now I think earth, resin, floral. Not going for citrus at the moment. This is challengingly hoppy - as to which, not too how much. This beer demonstrates that there can’t be too much hop. Wowsa.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1290) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
Grassy hops, some pine needles, nice caramel-malt sweetness to balance but the alcohol comes through really strongly. Good beer but could certainly be more drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4367) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle: Served in a taster: Medium sized vast and sticky white foamy head on top of clear(?) yellow colored beer. Aromas of butter, sweat, floral hops, hint of cream and butterscotch, light flower and citrus tint. Flavours of bitters, floral tones, some older hops, little warmth, some butter, some malts, some herbs. You can taste it’s a bit older but it’s not bad, stil within the best before date. Aftertaste is bitter, floral, older hops, some malts and a dryness. Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle bb 15/10/13. Not the freshest. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is grassy, nettles and caramel. It's a bit messy tasting - caramel, a little veg, a bit of grapefruit. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Clear and golden with a large head that took some time to dissipate. Hoppy and bitter but the hoppiness is quite discrete. Not as powerful as some IPA’S but still very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium yellow colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, green hops, buttery hops. Flavour is moderate sweet and modrate to heavy bitter with a long duration, dry, very bitter, hoppy, green hops. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130406]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2244) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A pale golden beer with a sweet floral and citrus fruity flavours, peppery hop notes and a light woody finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This dryish Fresh Hop IPA purports citrusy and peppery hop resins, as floral angles latch on to straw-like malts.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty pale golden.
-This lacked aromatic properties, but I tend to say the same of most of their Pale Ales and IPAs.
-The mouthfeel is once again finely crafted.
-The hop bitterness is also pine-like.
-I was surprised at the quality of this brew’s hop profile even though I got the bottle a few months after its prime (but still within the ‘best before’ date).

Bottle..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3239) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2013
330ml bottle from Quel Vin. Hazy orange amber colour, reasonable head. Creamy vanilla malt aroma. Biscuit, vanilla cream & hop flavour. Dry citrus aftertaste. Not a typical IPA.


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