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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 131   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1678) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
500ml bottle from the Cheese & Wine Shop Darlington. Poured a clear golden orange amber colour, frothy fine white head and aroma of spicy citrus. Taste is malt caramel with pine and a citrusy note, through to a slightly woody light dry bitter finish. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Quite drinkable IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1678) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
500ml Bottle - NIce golden copper body with a medium fluffy white head with a little retention and lacing. Lots of fruit in the aroma: passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus in general. Creamy palate with some noticeable carbonation. The flavour is a repeat of the aroma but with a nice bitter finish and quite prominent alcohol. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle. Light amber/gold with a white fluffy head. Really enjoyed this. Fresh, hoppy with a bitter finish. Good work.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1577) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
Sweet malt hop aroma with spices. Murky yellow colour with great head and lacing. Spicy malt hop flavour with cirriander. Smooth palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml from Coppers 8 till 8, Newcastle. Shared with JFK10000. Pours hazy orange, white head. Malty, citrus, floral hops, bitterish finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in December 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Very slight aroma of dusty hops but difficult to detect much else - despite the 6.5%! Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a weak base which lacked both in body and complexity of flavours. There is a sweet golden syrup component but this is short lived. Aftertaste suffers from the same general malaise and hops can hardly be detected. Finish is sweet and thin with a faint alcoholic whiff. A poor Strong Ale and tasted far weaker than the 6.5% its meant to be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1365) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
Nice malty aroma. This is Durham’s interpretation of an IPA but there are lots of Northern English malts about it. It seems to me like a very strong and tasty bitter, it’s very nice. On cask I reckon I could knoeck back plenty of these.Malty & nicely bitter. Good Stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
A - citrus and malt A - mid gold, slightly hazy with thin head T - light sweet with full strong bitter P - mid and soft O - decent, but not great

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled. Came out the bottle fighting, hazy caramel body with lively carbonation resulting in a large cloudy head that settled to wispy white. Yeasty aroma with emerging hoppiness. Short sweet maltiness overtaken by crunching hops and a rasping citric finish. Very drinkable for a 6.5% ale. Another first rate Durham ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1193) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
Bottled. Hazy amber, creamy and lacy head. Herbal/earthy, sweet floral and citrusy hop notes, yeasty esters. Dry biscuity Maris Otter, medium caramel. Dryish, crisp bitterness, mild but lingering bitter finish. Fresh, well balanced. Medium body.


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