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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, - SEP 6, 2012
Pillowey head. Quite a perfumed taste. Rather unusual in that the taste is not orangey, lemoney or grapefruit. I prefer other Durham bottle-conditioned beers.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (178) - - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle from Rehills Newcastle. Dark golden colour, thick head. Not much aroma to it, complex range of flavours. Enjoyable but also a little bit of a muddle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5184) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
500ml Bottle - Golden with a foamy head. Grassy aroma with faint hints of mango and peach. Fruity and slightly hoppy taste with a hint of sweetness and notes of peach, biscuity malt and lemon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Amber colour with some cream suds. An enjoyable IPA. Quite spicey with a nice bitterness and citrus notes. A solid beer rather than a spectacular one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (445) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: pomarańczowa, zmętniona. Piana biała drobno pęcherzykowa, początkowo obfita z czasem zanikająca, ale oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie średnie do niskiego. Aromat: lekko kwaskowy, cytrusowy, pomarańczowy pochodzący z chmielu, przykrywający słód. Dodatkowo akcenty drożdżowe. Smak: słodowy, ale nie słodki, z wyczuwalną konkretną goryczką na końcu. Lekka nuta alkoholowa. St Cuthbert Special India Pale Ale określana jest przez producenta jako nowoczesna IPA. Zawiera mieszankę chmieli angielskich, czeskich oraz amerykańskich, co przekłada się na aromat, ale nie powala. Dodatkowo jest mocniejsza niż standardowe angielskie piwo tego rodzaju. Na tym tle faktycznie się wyróżnia. Etykieta jest przemyślana i gustowna, a firmowy kapsel także prezentuje się nieźle. Nie jest to jednak piwo specjalnie odkrywcze ani wybitne. Przyzwoite owszem, jednak zapewne nie zostanie w mojej pamięci i nie podejrzewam żebym sięgnął po nie ponownie - zwłaszcza za taką cenę.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (6659) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Deep golden, muted white head. Pale malts with very little aromatics, harsh metallic bitterness. This has the bitterness of an IPA, but it’s lacking complexity and brightness. A chore to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6236) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 3/3/2014. Deep gold with a billowy white head. Orange fruits, floral slightly spicy hops, crisp malts and a moderately bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Appearance: golden, clear (looks like a lager) with a thick white long-lasting head. Awesome lacing. Aroma: very weak hop aroma, but you wouldn’t tell this was brewed using hops as Challenger or Columbus. Aroma is more malty than hoppy. Again - more like a (bad) lager. I think I also smell something like rusty nails in the back... Taste: it’s bitter and malty. Again - it’s hard to taste the hops and the citrus they should give to the taste. Bitterness is herbal and dry, kinda like from a very strong green tea. Some earthy notes in the back. Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied. Overall: Not what I expected. Reading the label I was hoping for an excellent or very good IPA at least. But I wouldn’t call this beer an IPA at all, rather a Strong Bitter or something like that. But previous reviews made me think - maybe I just got a bad batch? Who knows. Beer was fresh, BB 08-2015.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
DWF; Pours hazy golden with a lasting, lacing off-white head. Nose is light malty, fruity and citrus. Taste adds balancing sweet. Body is medium to full. Texture is oily to creamy. Lasting bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k92488 (255) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
Flaske pĺ Cardinal. Flott skumm fin farge. citrus lukt lite humle. Smaker tynt. Grei řl men Skuffet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3179) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bardzo dobre IPA ale specjalne, mocniejsze. Tresciwe i gozkie. Chmiele tu goruja, zwlaszcza zatecki daje goryczke na sporym poziomie. Piana spora i wysoka, a przy tym trwala. Metnosc dosc spora co cieszy w brytyjskich piwach bo to jest rzadkoscia.


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