AdiBeer (438) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: has spicy nose, maybe some ginger, some fruity hops. Appearance: hazy gold, medium frothy head. Taste: medium sweets and bitterness. Palate: ginger, spices, getting quite intense. Overall: not your everyday beer, but certainly an interesting one! Pint at the Evening Star, Brighton.
yiannnos (672) - , CYPRUS - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden colour. Citrusy, spicy aroma. Some citrus hop aroma, nice refreshing golden ale
jamesie1857 (1184) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Harbour Inn, Kirkcaldy. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Spicy nose of ginger biscuits, bit of citrus and grassiness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Slightly dry finish, with the gingerness lingering at the end for a bit. Very nice.
kwik-lime (1122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some hop bitterness in the finish, the spice and ginger is prevalent in the mouthful. Not that full-bodied though, not one of Dark Star’s better beers.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Ginger and honeyed malts are well balanced in this quenching, dryish and nicely bitter summer ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear blond.
-Malt personality is again lovely in this Dark Star brew.
-Spicy, herbal hops add complexity.
-Biscuity angles are found as well.
-This is expertly made, as can be expected from them, but it is not a stand out in their otherwise awesome lineup.
On cask at The Rake.
VastActiv (2014) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 19102011. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, grain and hops.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Cock Tavern - Hackney, London. Pours clear gold with a soft, creamy white cap. Certainly some spices in here, and the ginger provides a gentle sting. Sweetness provided by light, biscuity pale malts. Also pleasant notes of lemony citrus and dry straw. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Lightly dry to finish with mild spice, straw and more biscuits. Tasty golden ale.
jackl (3775) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Cock Tavern. Deep gold pour with a frothy white head. The nose is white grape, some peach. Summery fruit salad. Inviting, simple aromas. The taste is more peaches and apricot. Some honeyed grain. Light herbal hop finish. I can’t say I got any ginger in this. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, solid.
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Guide Dog - St Denys (So’ton) - 09/09/12.
Clear pale golden in appearance with a thin off-white head.
Pale malt aroma, faint hops, nutmeg and spice.
Tastes of malt, grain, hops, fruit, citrus tones, a little grapefruit and nutmeg.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a dry finish,
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Get biscuit and light fruits in the nose, but no spices. The spices and ginger are definitely evident in the taste though, and blended beautifully.