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

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
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!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
When I was about ten years old I had an aquarium with a big pet sunfish. Id catch minnows for him, and hed 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. Thats 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. Its 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2010
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13198) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Slightly rusty golden hue with white foamy head. Fantastic powerful hoppy nose with citrus, flora and a touch of herbs. Taste is hop filled with lemon, flora and a malty backbone with a long bitter after taste. A good complex beer with masses of hoppy niceness

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2008
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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 14, 2008
cask at blackfriers- pours deep amber copper colour, smells earth toffee butter, and citrus, tastes juicy orange clementine lemon rind, in a delicate manner, fresh. citrus dominating but balanced in all. very good doesnt hint to its 6.5/ good stuffs.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
Cask @ The Rake. Popped to Utobeer on my lunch break and thought Id have a cheeky pint before heading back to work. Im 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.


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