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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%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2011
(bottle) Cloudy, golden to amber colour with a loose medium-sized foamy off-white head. Sweet (cara-)malty aroma with sour-fruity notes of grapefruit and a slightly herbal hoppy touch. Sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Cara-malty and slightly citric taste with notes of herbal and woody hops; moderately dry bitter-sweet finish with woody and slightly fruity hops and and vanilla in the aftertaste. A balanced Ale. 09.III.11

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (8930) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (8809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2015
500ml bottle from Great Grog, shared with jeevan. Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Aromas of floral orange hops, light malt some yeastiness. Tate is light bitter orange. Oily texture. Light mineral notes on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
50cl from Beer City, BB 04-2014. Couleur léger dorée/orangée, col fin blanc. Arôme, reste assez faible, je ne note pas trop venant de la mousse, laissant plus un bouquet de ces houblons européens pour une pointe fruitée citronnée légère et herbacée. Palais, houblonnée léger épice sur notes de grains, faible ajout des houblons US laissant une faible note fruitée, laissant plus l’accent sur une amertume noble. Manque de convaincre pour une IPA, gardant plus cette approche très anglaise. Pas mauvaise, mais une meilleure approche aux niveau des houblons aurait été appréciée.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7679) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (7550) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - 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. Didn’t 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle thanks to Chris. Golden blonde with a slim white head, The expected spice and sweet notes all the way, typical of this brewer. Nice grassy hops to with just a lick of the alcohol. Long bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7102) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013
Medium offwhite head doesn’t last. Slightly hazy amber body. Resiny orangey grape aroma with spicy notes. Dry-sweet spicy orangey taste with peppery grape notes .Mid-bodied. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Dryish resiny orangey grape aftertaste with spicy notes. Lovely, drinkable, fresh. (0.5l bottle, from House of Trembling Madness, York.)


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