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Adnams / Devils Backbone American Amber

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Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: Amber Ale
Southwold, England

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Beer festival Spring 2013.

This medium-bodied beer is a reddish-amber colour, with floral citrus hop aromas leading to full malt and hop flavours, underscored by a toasted malt backbone.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 The Felix, Nuneaton, 24/04/13. Eponymous with a tight drum of head draping the glass. Soft chocolate, chestnut, possibly coriandered aroma. A decent red jelly, coriander, Hovis biscuit mixture of flavours more in the Belgian camp than US. Reminds me of those slightly flowery, biscuity Belgian impersonations of an English ale. Good fresh malty finish; nut husk and digestive afters. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (748) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2013
Pint in The Tyburn JDW near Marble Arch. Dark brown with very small head. Not much gas (which is okay).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask @ Standing Order, Edinburgh [090413]
Orange amber, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma of soft citrus hops and soft fruity malts
Taste of bitter citrus hops, slightly custardy sweet fruity malts, getting some caramelised orange
Palate - Medium body, smooth texture. Finish - moderate bitter hops with some sweet malts with a bit of caramel, bitter tail
Overall this was OK

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask. Mostly clear copper shade with a long-lasting head. Aroma is predictably hoppy. Lovely caramel, orange and berry taste with plenty of hop bitterness. Served in top form and uber drinkable, this one was a winner for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Cask, wetherspoon ale festival, Francis Newton, Sheffield, UK. Mahogany colour, fresh hop aroma, background of caramel. Smooth, sweet, some caramel and floral flavours. End is too sweet for me, but nice nonetheless.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Hedley Verity Leeds 15/04/13. A reddy brown coloured beer with a white head and lace. Sweetish toasty malts and hops. nice character and good flavours with the toastiness being enjoyable. Nowhere near hoppy enough to be an Amber Ale on my tasting; more like an Irish Ale in many ways.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
8th April 2013
Crosse Keys Spoons. Almost clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is delightfully fresh and smooth. Semi dry with good fine carbonation. Light fresh creamy malt. Nice balancing hops - semi sweet fresh orange and mild floral notes. Turns much more bitter and provides a long bitter linger. Just a really nicely balanced, fresh and drinkable beer. Nice one!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (3471) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark amber pour with fluffy white head, feint hop aroma, taste is mostly caramel malt, can’t believe I held at this long before participating in spoons ale fest.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask at Penderel’s Oak (JDW) 10/04/13. Clear dark amber/copper with a well formed bubbly beige head. Nose is caramel malt lead followed up with biscuit notes and light floral hoppage. Taste comprises summer fruits, biscuit, light bread dough, caramel, orange, citrus. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate lending towards a dry finish with some hop bitterness. This pint was in good nick, not one to rave about but eminently quaffable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8311) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Dark amber brown with a cream foam. Aromas are raisins and dark winter fruit with medicinal notes. Earthy and plummy with brown sugar and light roast malts. Chocolate with traces of liquorice. Flavours are sweet and fruity with dark berries and some plummy red wine notes. Spicy on the finish with bitter lemon. Nice.


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