wheresthepath (1770) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Castle Tap, Reading. Startling vivid gold colour with a thick white head- itís really quite a looker! Unfortunately though itís a mixture of honey and beer. Now, donít get me wrong, Iím a big fan of both honey and beer when taken separately, but to my palette at least they rarely seem to work together. In this case thereís a big hit of sweet pure set honey up front. Nice honey actually, I quite fancy that on a slice of bread. However, Downton have instead shoved it in a beer. The honey dominates throughout (leaving a rather sticky mouthfeel) but there is a grassy hop bitterness in the tail end which, as usual, clashes with the honey rather than complimenting or balancing it. So, I continue to be unconvinced by honey beers.
jmgreenuk (5715) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bernieís Off License, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear straw colour with a frothy white head and lots of broken lace. The aroma is yeast, light malt. The flavour is moderate bitter with a dry light earthy mineral hop palate. Light bodied with average carbonation.
johndoughty (4234) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden and slightly cloudy. Subtle sweetness and a bitter finish. Not very interesting and another disappointing one from this brewery.
jackl (5611) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ The Priory Arms. The pourís a bright gold with a medium white head. Attractive. The nose is strong honey, hints of grass and general woodland. Light lemon drizzle cake. The taste is dominated by honey. Quite sweet (obviously). Some general pale malt and bready flavors. Light finish. Slightly watery body, fine carbonation. Overall, an OK beer. People in my party were mad for this. I found it a bit one-dimensional.
evergreen0199 (2334) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2012. A golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Tastes hoppy, honey, fruity, spice. Rather thin.
fairwater (138) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thatís been in the fridge for over a year. Very lively when opened, had to pour in two goes. Clear, light gold with big and persistent head. Floral aroma. More flowers in the taste, with honey coming at the end, leaving a fairly well lasting light bitterness. Very tasty and refreshing.
harrisoni (15009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Reading BF 2012. very pale gold. Lasting white head. Hoppy slightly sweet. I liked it. Really hoppy easy drinking pale ale. Its good slight honey sweetness.
daniele (6400) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
chiara buona schiuma buona persistenza naso maltato un tocco erbaceo morbida delicato miele
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Honey and lemon with a touch of pine
A - Light gold with thin lasting head
T - Light sweet and sour with dry bitter
P - Medium and soft
O - Not a bad golden
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a light blonde colour with a fair white head. Aroma of barley, honey and yeast. Similar flavours. Lingering honey, quite sweet with some chewy caramel. Mild carbonation. OK.