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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Also available occasionally in the cask as Magnificat.
Our interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Not too bitter with extra aroma hops for interest.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Challenger, Target, Columbus, Golding and Saaz hops.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Slightly hazy amber with a small, neat, dense off-white head. Slightly fat hop aroma with the alcohol already showing here. Only medium-bodied, citrusy fresh notes - sort of vitamin-C style. Distinct, bitter finish and a rather dominant alcohol without the body to sustain it. 310706

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a big tan head. Malty, grassy, florel aroma and a sweet malty, florel, hop taste. Medium body with a very dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23579) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, fruits, flowers and hops. Flavour of malts, fruits, elder flowers and hops. Hoppy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2005
Tasted 23/10/2005. 500ml bottle-conditioned, from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Hazy, deep, yellow-gold with little visible carbonation and a large, white, head that collapses to a skinny film. Lovely little floaties prove this beerís claim of being an unfiltered real ale. Citrus and that herbacious, noble hop, aroma dominate the nose. Some background hints of crystal malt. Dry, dry, dry... little malt shows through in the flavour, itís all hops, aloe vera, pepper, lemon leaves. Reminiscent of my first homebrew lager - dry and very hoppy. Long, lingering, bitter finish. Well made but a bit over the top, for me, in the hop department. Iím sure would be appreciated by lovers of dry APAís or lager drinkers looking to try an ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30476) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2005
A hazy orange beer with a nice white head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with notes of citrus as well hints of caramel. The flavor is very citrusy, malty, and spicy, but also with fruity notes of oranges, and with a lightly bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy dark golden appearence. Lively herbal-hoppy aroma and flavor, tea and fruit, solid long lasting bitterness with a mineral edge. Durham brewery is getting more and more respect from me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle conditioned from Open All Hours, Keswick. Orange amber, rocky head. Spicy hoppy aroma. Excellent mouthfeel. Long hoppy finish. Really tastes like an American Pale. Lots and lots of hops. Yummy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21286) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 Bottled. Pale amber, small head. Flowery nose. Dryish and richly malty, somewhat fruity with lots of orangey hops. Long bitter finish. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottled - leftover from DC gathering. Clouded orange colour. Lots of hop - pine, resin and citrus (orange). Very American pale/IPA in style. Some yeast and pale malt is evident in the flavour. Noticeably bitter. Enjoyable. (8/3/7/4/15 = 3.7)
RE-RATE. Cask (gravity dispense) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009 as Magnificat. Didnít realize this was the same beer as St Cuthbert, which I had already rated. Amber colour. No head but quite lively condition. Fairly restrained aroma. Some sweetish fruity notes on the palate but finishes fairly dry. Long, fruity aftertaste. Very easy drinking for the strength. Not as much presence as expected. Not much like an APA either. (7/3/7/3/13 = 3.3)
Original score retained.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle. Leftover from the DC/VA/MD/WV/PA gathering. Had this the night of 11/21/04 in the hotel. Courtesy of chris_o. Clouded orange. Small white head. Nose is hoppy (citrus) and floral with milder sweet notes. Taste is suitably hoppy and releases more floral notes. Nice light maltiness in the background to balance this. Body is rather smooth but bitter. Finishes with more hops and citrus; light spiciness reveals itself as well.


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