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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1580) - 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 (1562) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (1410) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (1302) - Z±bki, 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.

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 (1226) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (1151) - ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy deep amber gold with a thick cream head. Initial nose is musty wheat with hints of orange peel and marmalade. Taste is orangey, with a hint of warming alcohol, sweet maltiness and a nice long warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skřrping, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1137) - 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!


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