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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).


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (2135) - FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
Cask@Kitty. Golden. Really nice floral, fruity, hoppyness, with a bit of greenish leaves. Body is pale malty, smooth but adequately bittered. Biscuits, pines, a touch of toasted caramel. Really nice, best real in a while (for 3.50e/pint at least) .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpgibbon (308) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2013
Keg at The Vintage. Gold w/small head. Hoppy and fruity on the nose. Green apple and toffee then dry hoppiness and a light clean palate. Lingering dryness yet fruitiness. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
Tap at Craft Beer Co Islington. Pours amber with a small, dense white head. nose shows the bitterness about to come. Some bright tropical fruits work in its favour. Taste is heavy tropical fruits, slightly sweet with some lengthy, favouring bitterness. Works very well together and balances nicely considering its bitterness. Great stuff

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is clear orange with medium thick white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, floral, hops, sweetness and malts. 3.3. Tap at St Michael, Oulu. Colour is cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and malts. Points are based on this rating.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
laiti (5661) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2013
cask @ Black Door
Aroma is sweetish with berries, citrus, hops and toffee. Also some peaches and hay. Flavour is hoppy with fruits, hay, peaches, nettles and hints of apricot. Some off-flavours start to occur after some sips. Quite rich for a real ale. The hop profile is a bit unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2013
Cask, Northcote. Orange golden colour. Hoppy sweet citrus nose then a bit chemical iodine scent. Full complex flavour of earthiness then caramel orange then dry bitterness. Interesting drop not for long sessions. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2877) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Cask at Barton Arm 10th Anniversary fest; clear golden amber pour with a frothy white head, grapefruit aroma and taste decent bitter thumbs up.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingy737 (4) - - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
Straight from cask in The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent. Beer in very good condition, lovely colour, super mouth feel, great hoppy aromas, very pleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1511) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 keg, Knott Bar, Manchester. Pours a hazy orange. Predominantly pineapple & sherbert flavours giving a bittersweet taste, leafy/earthy finish, with yeasty flavours creeping in. Intriguing and unusual. Rerated on cask in the Kings Head, Carlisle. Lovely tropical fruit aroma, very faint sherry background. A bit of booze lurking in there with a hint of blackcurrant and caramel. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (818) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
On cask at OId No.7 Bar, Barnsley. Pours golden with a stiff white head. Aroma was hoppy but as intense as I was expecting. Nice but not as good as I thought it would be. £2.80 on cask and £4.50 on keg


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