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


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 21, 2012
On keg with husband. Basically stole it from him. It’s golden with a white head, smells really hoppy. Taste: Lots of fruits, really bitter. A real incredible beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pikkio (11) - ITALY - APR 19, 2014
Hazy amber with a white and fluffy head. Aroma of tropical fruits and resins with agrumes notes. Body is a bit viscous but refreshing. Tastes a lot of fruits, but has strong malty hints which recall dried fruits rather than fresh fruits. Agrumes and resin comes again within a dry hoppy finish which is not too bitter though. A very well balanced beer, drinkable, tasty and not too bitter. defnitely recommended .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (4065) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Golden coloured with citrus and pine flavours followed by orange marmalade on the finish. Superb!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1736) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London on 18th January 2012. Clear amber with white foam head declining to a ring and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma was lemon citric, rich with maltiness and a touch of cheese. Main taste in-mouth was richly hoppy, savoury notes present and intense cheesiness - cheddar. Slight saltiness. Finish very hoppy - grassy and bitter - cheesiness decreasing to leave a delicate lemony finish. Zingy mouthfeel. Absolutely exquisite - one of Dark Star’s best beers in my experience!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sustainablealc (5) - Manchester, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2012 does not count
Pint at Mason & Taylor. Smells pretty fantastic, immense floral hops. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose and so I enjoyed it more while it was cold!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8957) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (12664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Old Fountain, Old Street, London. Gold with white head. Full on drying hop flavours from the off, flowery, leafy, sneeze inducing on a rich malty body. Demanding on the palate, lots of passion fruit, kiwi fruit notes. Smashing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Harp. Almost clear amber/gold with a lively unsparkled whlte head. Massive hoppy aroma and plenty of flavour to follow. Piney resinous bitterness and strong alcoholic sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Cask @ Craft. Clear and amber yellow. Citrus hops aroma. Grass, then orangey citrus, lingering bitterness ending in slight marmalade. Like this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ForlornHope (354) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Can at home. Pours amber in colour with a thick white head. Aroma: bready yeast, caramel, nutty with some pine resin. Taste has a little sweetness with an immediate hit of huge bitterness. Sappy malt background and more caramel, nut and hop, earthy and fragrant. Massive dry and bitter finish that makes you want more but with a rich mouthfeel. Excellent.

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