imdownthepub (8492) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Dark amber with white head, a lovely looking pint. Wow what a beauty this is the hops fill up the palate right from the off, its a hop sensation. Easy malty body carrying an alcohol fullness, but the main story is in the top notes, lychees, grapefruit, bitterness thet all dance on and off the tongue. A brilliant beer, thats all that can be said.
Doppelganger (1385) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I was about ten years old I had an aquarium with a big pet sunfish. I’d catch minnows for him, and he’d hunt them down into a corner, and with a quick inhale, the minnow would disappear. Then, as he paused to swallow, clouds of scales from the doomed minnow would puff from his gills. That’s the picture I have in my head as I sip Dark Star Six Hop: I am imbibing such a hop onslaught, I feel like I must be breathing out clouds of shredded hop bits into the air around me.
Stepped into Far From The Madding Crowd to see what was on in their spring festival. Heart beat a little faster spotting this tap handle. A warm copper pint, attractively ever-so-slightly hazy, nice cap of cream-soft head coats the lips and glass. Sweaty tangerine aroma, spicy and toothy. And as much as the aroma is excellent, the flavor is just stunning. A full-on tidal wave of hop flavor, orange resin and quinine. Bitterness rather restrained, but just an absurd level of hop flavor. It’s up my nose and lingering on my teeth. And yet, as each sip finishes there is a soft malt warmth. Very noticeable at first, then receding as the hops numb my lips and tongue. Silky soft palate, the flavors shown off perfectly with the cask serving. Now half way into my pint, hop vapors tickling my lungs, the sunfish breathing scales image comes to mind.
This is an astonishing, extravagant love poem to the hop.
DonMagi (5598) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask in Blackfriars. Intresting wee beaty this, had had 2 days venting and when i put it on i found it quite agressive and not very appealing, kind of grassy and peppery and lacking depth. However this was at 8:30 in the morning. This rating is for 1:30 in the morning after a full days labour! Amazing, lychee, pineaplle, bursting with mandarine and honey. Taste would have you convinced you were drinking the finest american pale ale ever made, bursting with citrus fruity flavours, but its not agressive its nicey hopped with a sweet honey back bone, the fruit ranges from lime to pineapple to melon to rasberry to incrdible stuff. Infact its not just incredible stuff its the best bloody cask ale iv ever had!
altonbrownd (4210) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Wenlock. Amber beauty. Hoppy nose, with lots of grapefruit. Solid IPA taste of hops, powerful citrus, grapefruit and orange.
Another excellent Dark Star beer.
wyzzywyz22 (1644) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask@ The Bodega, Newcastle. Had wanted to try this for some time and was pleasantly surprised to see this on. Hazy amber colour with a hop packed and citrus laden nose and flavour. Fruity and full mouthfeel. Super tasty and oozing quality this is stormingly good stuff. Almost made me want to sack off getting the ferry to Amsterdam which I was en route to and stay and session this belter.
Leighton (6970) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at CPK. Pours a clear, light amber with a soft, off-white head. Big, hoppy nose, very resiny and citrusy, bits of grapefruit. Great flavor. sweet with honey and burnt sugar, with lots of bitterness of leaves, earth, pine and more citrus. Medium in body with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming, mildly sticky finish, sweet but overrun with hops. Almost American in its hop characteristics. Really, really good.
harrisoni (10911) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 08. First beer of the festival and one of about 5 that I was genuinely excited about. Gold with lasting beige head. Big PNW grapefruity aroma. Fruity grapefruit in mouth, malts are a bit syrupy, rather than biscuity. Hops on finish are really crunchingly green and attack the mouth. Great English beer for a hophead like me. Lovely.
maeib (7557) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Conditioned handpump Bree Louise London. (One of my twelve lost (for now) notes, so this is as well as I remember). I was expecting good things from this and it delivered, even at The Bree Louise. Wish I’d not lost my notes but it will be a pleasure to revisit this. Wonderfully hoppy and with a good body, Wonderfully balanced and superbly drinkable. Although the body helps give the ABV away, the alcohol is never intrusive.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Sussex Beer Festival.
Copper blond with a good white head and showing excellent condition. Awesome balance of all the hops in the aroma gives you all you could possibly want. Floral, aromatic, citric, dusty and earthy notes and all carried really well by an underpinning malt. The malt comes through more in the flavour and initially it makes it not as hoppy as you would be expecting following the nose but the dry hopping gives it a stunning kick in the finish leaving a lingering fruity tang. Juicy mouthfeel rounds everything off perfectly. BLOODY GORGEOUS!
reakt (948) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ The Rake. Popped to Utobeer on my lunch break and thought I’d have a cheeky pint before heading back to work. I’m so glad I did! Clear golden amber with a thin white head. Fresh floral and citrus, grapefruit/orange, hop nose with some sweet underlying malts. Taste is much the same, nice bitter hop bite at first with a lovely sweet syrupy malt backbone and a long stingy swallow. Needless to say, I rode the bus back to the office with a big smile on my face.