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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2010
Bottle, Waitrose Ponteland. Good clean copper with a fairly thick white head. Palate and nose are both well balanced, loads of citrus hops and well balanced malt. Lovely!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6500) - ITALY - JAN 2, 2010
oro aroma di radice leggero malto un tocco di toffee lieve agrumato scorza di limone in bocca il malto cè ma è subito sovrastato dalle note intense amare dei luppoli anche agrumati

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Fruity aroma. Golden coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a slightly dry malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15043) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009. Gold, lasting thin off white head. Interesting strong English blond. Pretty tasty. Some lemon, rose petal flavour. Pretty good to be honest. Bit of earthyness on the hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9331) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2009
From the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar at GBBF 09. Medium sized, white head over a plain golden body. Sweet malty aroma added by dark spices. The flavour can be described as an interplay of succulent fruits and caramel malts.Some mild honey hints behind it all. On the sweet side of bittersweet to the ending. Medium bodied and with a fine drinkability (Earls Court, hotel room, 07.08.2009).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle 500ml from GBBF 2009 golden orance white head lacing strong grapefruity kick in first sip. Strong fruity aroma decent grapefruity in aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11382) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2009
Cask, Conditioned at The Royal Oak, Wantage. Gold with white head. Quite a sweetish, despite the above description, hopped beer with a citrus orange character. Light malts and very decent and drinkable for a higher ABV beer. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from St. Aidan’s Winery, Holy Island. Bright orange amber with a pillowy white head. Nose Fullers-like orange peel yeastiness, hops, honey and caramelised malt sweetness washing over an almondy background strong in alcohol. silky slick on the palate with some mellow alcohol burn; orange and honey drying into hop and husky malt bitterness. Fruity, boozy and good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Poured cloudy copper with orange highlights and a good sized frothy white head which was mostly lasting. A sweet tropical hop aroma with strong notes of apricots, pineapple, passionfruit, rich caramel malts and some light piney/floral notes. Flavor was of smooth caramel malts with a mild earthy hop bitterness, guava, pineapple and dry peaches towards the finish. Well hidden alcohol content. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry mouthfeel and a good length finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (734) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2009
5ooml b/c. Murky orange and quite talkative from lenghty bottle conditioning (held on to this one for a while). A whiff of light perfume, some warm alcohol and almost essence. Rich fullness, a touch of orangey resin with hot hops and light malt flavours lurking in the distance. Nice enough but doesn’t linger long enough of leave you with that syrupy resinous coating that you think you are in for.


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