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

bottled
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RATINGS: 101   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2266) - 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 (1568) - 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 (3924) - 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 (923) - 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 (1011) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9125) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Cask at the Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak, 30/03/13. Clear golden amber with a medium sized off white head that reduces to a film. Nose is caramel malt, hops, grapefruit, orange. Taste comprises hops, sugars, orange, juicy grapedfruit, citrus notes. Medium bodied with bite, moderate carbonation, hop bitterness in the finish. Decent - so so much better than the 2nd rate bottled offering, if ever there was a beer to split and prove how good a well kept cask is when compared to the bottled version this would be my pick!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3034) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle. Light amber small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, caramel and some tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - some citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and caramel sweetish flavor, some tropical fruitiness, some grapefruit - piney hoppyness Finish is average, malty and sweetish, caramel, light fruitiness, some grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Caramel sweetish IPA - too much caramel for me/not dry enough.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8200) - Tromsř, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2013
330ml bottle bought at The MicroBar in Manchester last summer. Pours a clear copper coloured body joined by a good lacing, off-white, partially persisting head. Pleasant aroma of peaches, fresh apricots, and oranges mingled with caramel sweetness. Well hopped taste of mild grapefruits and peaches offset by mid-sweet malts. Rather sharp bittersweet finish. Medium bodied. A well blended ale, cleverly made (at home, Tromsř 27.03.2013).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6277) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2013
33 cl bottle. BBE 23.04.2013.
Pours clear copper color with a huge frothy head. Aroma of floral hops, exotic fruits, some caramel malts, pine needles and mild toffee notes. Flavor of fruits, mild goose berries, grass, some caramel and resiny hops. Some nuts too. Slick palate with a bitter finish. Nice but not too fond of the nutty flavor.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6343) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
330 ml bottle.
Pours a golden copper colour with a small head. Aroma of caramel, mango and floral hops. Flavour of strong floral hops, grapefruit, mango, caramel and pale malts. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a dry, bitter, grapefruity finish. Enjoyable.


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