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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available (filtered but unpasteurised) in bottles.
Brewed with five different hop varieties in the copper and then dry hopped after fermentation, this pale beer is designed for those who like their hops as an extreme sport!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 8, 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 to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, orange - citrus, hop oil notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, citrus - orange. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120504]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This finely effervescent IPA develops pine and flowers in a dryish, classy mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the deep golden.
-This might lack aromatics for my tastes in the style.
-Earthy undercurrents are found.
-The resinous hop bitterness is well balanced with the rest of the brew’s medium intensity.
-These guys’ really know how to develop perfect mouthfeels, whether it’s in the bottle or on cask.
-Drinkability is very high.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Gold pour, white head. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus notes in this one. bitter throughout but juicy and nice to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
graham_murphy (286) - - JUN 6, 2013
A good variety of hoppy flavours - citrus, orange and grapefruit, copper on the aftertaste. Also quite bitter-sweet. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle. Bronze and clear with a small head. Quite bitter and hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Pleasant but slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2245) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Dark golden pour. Big white head. Plenty of lacing. Huge hop presence. Apricots and white grapes. Malty taste with the same awesome hop-ness. Nice beer. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[Gift from Maureen (cheers!) from the Selsey off license] Light amber with a negligible white head and a moderate fizz. Tropical fruit aroma carries on into the flavor with spicy orange notes and a growing but well-balanced bitterness. Like many Dark Star beers I’ve tried, it’s decent but not world-beating - not quite up to their formidable reputation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3805) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 24, 2013
330ml bottle. Clear orangey dark golden to copper colour with huge, firm, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lasting, white head. Piney hop aroma, some grapefruit, a herbal touch. Taste is dry to bitter hoppy, piney, herbal, slightly fruity, subtle caramel malt sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (893) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask at Craft Islington, 12th April 2013. Pours fairly dark, red orange, sweet citrus aromas, taste is sweet some bitterness, with a strong sweet malt finish. Decent IPA

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (984) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2013
(33 cl bottle from Utobeer @ Borough Market; BBD: March 25th 2014) Pours a lively, clear golden with medium, white head. Aroma malty with subdued notes of fruity hops and a strange cheesy hint. Oily texture, medium body and a bitter finish. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty with moderate bitterness.


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