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Duchy Originals Summer Ale

Duchy Originals Summer Ale
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Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marstonís)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Only available bottle conditioned.
Available exclusively in Waitrose Stores over the Summer months, this is a bottle-conditioned, un-pasteurised beer, with a small amount of live yeast left in the bottle.
Brewed with Plumage Archer barley, blended with a small amount of malted wheat, and organic Fuggles and Goldings hops from Belgium. English Target hops are added after the boil to produce an aroma both light and citrussy, but with rich undertones of marmalade.
For Duchy Originalsí Summer Ale, we wanted to create a delicate straw-coloured beer bursting with summer-time flavours. So it has been brewed with more than a nod to the hop, which has given it accentuated citrus aromas, followed swiftly by hints of dried fruit and marmalade.
On the palate, there are delicate flavours of grapefruit and melon offset by an almost pine like hop flavour and a long lingering finish. Bring on the barbeque!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle (Waitrose): Clear light gold in colour with a short lasted white head. Clean lager-like malt aroma. Flavour is a bit bland, clean honey lager malts, with a touch of caramel. Bitter in the finish, with some mild floral/grassy hops. Not harsh, but not very interesting either. A little thin. Summer ale? More like a good pale lager.

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