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Dark Star Indian Summer IPA


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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Horsham, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This beer takes elements of the old and blends them with the new. Malts and hops from the UK form the traditional base of this beer while hops from Australia and New Zealand bring more modern flavours into the party. Passion fruit, apricot, grapefruit and even marmalade should all be present whilst the addition of the tiniest amount of rice from India makes this a truly Commonwealth IPA (we nearly called it that).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11891) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Cask at CBC Clerkenwell to loosen up before the Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting - London. Pours clear gold with a foamy white head. Peach and citrus in the nose - orange to be specific. Light-medium sweet with light pine notes, dry grass and orange rind. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Good condition. Light piney bitterness in the finish with more orange citrus. Very nice, balanced IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London on 6th October 2013. Amber with off white shallow foam and very little, quickly vanishing lace. Richly hoppy aroma with grapefruit and a touch of peachiness. Intensely hoppy in-mouth with grapefruit, apricot and bitter notes. Satisfyingly bitter finish. Zingy with plenty of body. Exquisite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7449) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Cask at Craft Clerkenwell. It pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is dough, toast, bitter-sweet, orange, peach and a touch of spice. The taste is crisp, dough, buttered toast, decent bitterness, hay, grass, grapefruit and pithy orange with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent, but I have to confess I was slightly underwhelmed...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (10654) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Cask conditioned at York Beer Festival ’13. Amber with white head. There was a good malty, dry body at the start of this and then bang, a big hoppy flavour smacks you right in the mouth, tropical fruits, bitter and very dry. Corr.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3999) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
Pint cask at the harp London. Golden copper colour with a lovely nice white frothy head. The harp can really look after their beers. Aroma is nice hop peach and lychee with some nelson sauvin hop. Full body for a pale. Flavour has biscuit malt, but dominated by the juicy fruit hop. Very tasty beer that I enjoyed very much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
17th September 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Cask. Pretty much a clear gold beer with a small pale cream coloured head. Light palate, semi dry. Supermild carbonation. Orange marmalade hops, that are medium bitter. Slight floralness. Finishes semi dry. I got a bit tired of this before finishing it, it needs something else. Okay though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2013
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico, 16/09/13. Clear golden with a good sized off white head. Nose is light hops, toasted malts, citrus, orange, hint of grapefruit. Taste carries more depth than the aroma, light grapefruit, sugars, hint of pine, grass. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, subtle hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough but didn’t carry as much depth of flavour as I expected from a 6% Dark Star offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14139) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Cask handpull at Cask Pub & Kitchen. Wow hoppy drinkable ipa. Very drinkable. Lychee and peach flavours. Some bitterness on the finish. Goid to excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1871) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
Cask at CBC Brixton. Pours a clear gold colour. Aroma is sweet with a bit of caramel coming through with orange and juicy tropical fruit. Lightish body, some fine zingy carbonation. A little veg funkiness, touch of caramel, a bit of sweet orange, almost shertberty, followed by a decent grapefruit bitterness. Nice.


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