MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: bottle from the Bottle Stop.
Pale yellow gold, huge white head settled quickly to a lasting quater inch of white foam. Lovely floral stuff, superbly dry, excellent bitterness in the finish. Could be utterly superb but this bottle has a very slight infection. Not enough to really spoil it but it’s clearly being held back. Need to try this again.
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Toni Flükiger - hazy golden-orange colour, little firm and persistent pale beige foam; fairly hoppy flowery nose, creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied and with a light astringence; a pronounced bitterness introduces a dry fruity and bitter, long hoppy finish
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a rich offwhite head. hints of toffee and citrus. Good bitterness, metallic notes. A bit watery. Average.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 50 cl bottle, small tasting with my neighbour Kjetil and his friend Trygve. Bougth in Cardiff by Kjetil. Hazy ligth brown color., moderate white head. Aroma is hops and malt, but not much of it. Flavor is the same, also some fruit. Bitterdry, metallic finish.
Tasted again from bottle at Cockney Pub, Århus. Liked it better this time.
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned at Cockney Pub, Århus
Hazy golden color, with a persistent perlage that keeps an irregular half centimeter of thick foam. It has a very good aroma, typical of good English Golden Ales, with hops (quite grassy) and some fruity touch. Medium-light body, dry mouthfeel (mainly because of the strong bitterness), with some dry toffee flavor; the hop has a grassy character; as said, the bitterness is very high, and therefore the final long. Extremely bitter for the style, maybe unbalanced, but pleasant.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in 3 Judges. Alround rating : Honey, sweet pale malts, bitteriong hop and almost balanced, very typically durham.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark gold with a white head. Piney hop aroma and taste. I struggled to find much more. Some citrus perhaps. Don’t really like it.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge foam head. Blonde hue. Bottle conditioned. Yeast particles present.Yeasty nose. Light body. Complex hops and malt taste and strength belies the thin body. Delightful malt mouthfeel. Lively long hop aftertaste. Some dryness in the finish. Very enjoyable.
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ BJCP tasting. Copper yellow. A very big pine / lemon aroma. Slightly cloudy from the bottle conditioning, hoppy and bitter, almost eucalyptus. Good fluffy head. Nice.
Sigmund (5312) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. ABV is 4.5%. Bottle conditioned. Deep golden colour, huge white head. Lovely hoppy aroma with notes of citrus / grapefruit and pineapple. The flavour is also distinctly hoppy throughout, with grapefruity notes, but there is also a tolerable malty base. Refreshing, even though I drank it a bit too warm. The excellent Durham Brewery proves they can brew good beers with a moderate ABV too.