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Brewed by County Durham Brewing
Style: English Pale Ale
Pickering, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2008
A gem in Ontario brewing. Appearance is a light amber body with white froth on top. Crystal clear with low-to-medium carbonation. Citrus, a little pine and a good amount of sweetness are all well balanced in the aroma. Flavour has sweet, sweet malts, grapefuit and grains all mixing together, finishing with a great hop kick. Slick mouthfeel perfect for style. Much more of a Wesrt Coast Pale Ale than an English Pale Ale. Super.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2008
341mL bottle from the Beer Store. Six-pack packaged on April 4th, 2008. Pours orange amber with a fluffy, cream-coloured head. Aroma is of sweet malt and a touch of floral hop. Flavour is of toffee-like caramel malts, a mild, grassy bitterness from the hops, and a full, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Very tasty and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 341ml bottle from the beer store. I was really pleased to see the date of packaging was only a month ago, which for my beer store (Bleams Rd. Kitchener) is practically fresh from the brewery (on some other boxes there’s still some best before dates of 2007). Pours a nice golden amber colour with a rich, off white head (great lace as you drink), and moderate effervescence. Aroma is of nice toffee malts, a little grainy, and defined by decent hop character. Flavour is more of the same with a bit more going on, great refeshing malts accompanied by just the right amount of hop presence. Nice, slightly slick mouth-feel, surprising for something as light and drinkable as this. This is a great summer session brew if you’re looking for something other than a good pilsener. I really wish more beers from this brewery were available in my area!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
yellow amber color, some slight citrus hops not much head good smooth bitter flavor. good session beer. well done Durham

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUL 25, 2007
light copper hue with beige head, it has mild aroma of grapefruit. this brew has a nice profile that is well balanced by hoppings, very true to the style of english pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3106) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
nice beer. aroma is very much citrus, and pine. i wouldn’t consider this an english pale ale. more and an IPA. its quite a bit more bold than an english style pale ale. the hops are more up front. overall a nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle sampled in mid-June ’06, courtesy of Sammy: Pours a clear orange bronze with a thin ring of wispy white head. Soft toasty sweet caramel malty aroma has some nutty character and earthy English hops. Body starts with a light caramel malty sweetness and a drier, more bitter earthy and mildly warming finish. Could use a touch more malt and fresher hops, but still an ok beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle probably thanks to Sammy: Orange copper color with a white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Flavor similar to the aroma with some grassy notes as well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pale and smells like oranges/grapefruits, taste like medicine with a bite and carbonation; bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
341ml bottle - pours with pretty much no head at all. Very lightly carbonated; put a bottle of this in a paint mixer and it probably wouldn’t explode on you. That’s good news if you decide to put it in a paint mixer. I could have probably done with a touch more carbonation, but whatever, it’s good. Aroma is sweet and malty, a bit piney and sharp, almost grassy even. The taste is really nice. Nicely balanced, assertive and bright, a little bit woody. I like it.


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