Brewed by Dark Star
Style: American Pale Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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A blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full – then dry hopped during conditioning using our ‘Hoptimizer’ (Industrial sized hookah).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 13, 2013
13/07/2013 Open Baladin (handpump). Dorata, limpidissima, schiuma bianca leggera, molto persistente. Al naso sentori di malto, note biscottate, agrumate, leggero fruttato ed erbaceo. In bocca è equilibrata, malto e luppolo si sposano abbastanza bene, l’amaro è intenso e abbastanza persistente. Corpo leggero, carbonazione soft. Dark Star è sempre una garanzia!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, apricot. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120504]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2666) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask at the Jolly Crispin, Sedgley. Pours hazy gold with a small head. Aroma is mango, pine and banana puree. Taste has mango and hop oils with a medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeKeller (835) - Kemi, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Real ale @ Oluthuone Leskinen. Fruity hoppy and caramel malty aroma. Sweetish malty flavour has resin and good bitterness quite standard for the style. Soft mouthfeel and no carbonation as it’s a real ale. Medium body. Maybe wasn’t in the best shape anymore. Rating #600

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Crunchy cereals merge into citrusy hops, as delicate caramel moves effortlessly into resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam lingers atop the clear dark amber.
-These guys always develop wonderful cereal flavours, no matter what beer they brew. Amazing.
-Style-wise, you could say this is midway between an American-style Pale Ale and an Extra Special Bitter. What matters most though is that it is superb.
-The low carbonation and slick mouthfeel make for supreme drinkability.
-Hops also share an elderflower-like floral character.

By gravity cask at Middle Farm (East Sussex).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (2811) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2013
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear golden, thin creamy off-white head, fruity, citrus aroma, moderate lacing, citrus, dry bitter herbal green hop finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ianwelby (463) - SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Clear gold beer. Sour hop aroma. Flavour is similar with a strong sour fruit taste and a dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1135) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
1/3 of pint at the Bree Louise in London. Hazy golden. Fruity, citrus zesty aroma. Smells and tastes like an American IPA. Pleasant enough, zesty, a fair beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4779) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at Craft Islington. Clear golden, small head. Spicy fruit aroma. Quite dry, the familiar apple acidity recognizable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erasmus_ro (1307) - Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Cask @ Kitty’s, Helsinki, 05/06/13. Pours a yellowy orange with a large, large-bubbled, frothy head. Aroma is a load of hops: Grapefruit mostly, some pine. Light caramel. Taste is stingy hops: Grapefruit again mostly, some citrus, light pine, some biscuity maltiness. Hops really dominate. Palate is smooth, medium, not much carbonation.

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