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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5480) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5380) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle. Leftover from the DC/VA/MD/WV/PA gathering. Had this the night of 11/21/04 in the hotel. Courtesy of chris_o. Clouded orange. Small white head. Nose is hoppy (citrus) and floral with milder sweet notes. Taste is suitably hoppy and releases more floral notes. Nice light maltiness in the background to balance this. Body is rather smooth but bitter. Finishes with more hops and citrus; light spiciness reveals itself as well.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5229) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 March, 2002 Bottle conditioned. Muddy orange. Citric fruit aroma. Pleasant tingle, though I prefer a softer feel. Muddled yeast and citric fruit flavours, finishing with a bold citric hop bite. Some honey notes. Decent beer. [3.0]
June, 2003 Bottle Conditioned, with Duff & Nuffield. Creamy mouthfeel - smooth. Sweet malt predominant - finish is dry and citric. Not great. [2.9] This was Durham’s first bottled beer and was originally called Millennium City because Durham was 1,000 years old in the year 2000. [3.1]
Oct, 2011 500ml bottle from Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in Durham. Bottle conditioned. A strong pale ale with a range of hop notes - citric and earthy. Toffee notes in the malt. A pleasant strong ale. Hoppier than average for English ales, but not as hoppy as American. [3.3]

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 (Bottle conditioned). A new favourite of mine - and I'm the first one to rate it, even! (It has been in the database for quite a while. Btw, cask conditioned this beer is called "Magnificat", otherwise it's the same brew.) I had this wonderful bottle conditioned beer under the vaulted ceiling of Durham Cathedral and Cloister Restaurant, where it rightly belongs. The commercial description seems pretty accurate, but this beer may have more in common (strength, yeastiness) with some belgian ales than most British IPAs. Durham Brewery is not much more than 10 years old, but this rich and full flavoured beer would be worthy of St. Cuthbert himself (he died 687 AD, btw). Colour is golden and hazy, carbonation (natural) is low to moderate. If one needs a textbook example of the fact that beer is made of the three elements malts, yeast and hops (+ water, of course), and that each of those three elements should be clearly discernible in aroma and flavour - well, here it is. To quote the brewery: "Despite being strong, this beer is not too sweet, but has a luscious malty base over which a complex bitterness makes balancing, thirst quenching properties." Amen!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Cloudy orange colour with a white head. Light malty sweet aroma with a hoppy floral and fruity note. Malty, caramel sweet flavor and a dry hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2004
[Cask conditioned] Orange coloured. Very hoppy aroma. Hoppy and bitter. A nice and fresh thirst quencher.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Dark hazy amber. Lasting white head and a bit of lace. Thick body. Flavour is herbal, floral and earthy at the same time. A nicer English style IPA than usual.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2012
(Bottle, 0.5 l, at Black Door, 20120831) The beer poured deep golden and clear. Its head was medium sized, white and long lasting. Aroma had grass, malts and alcohol. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were grain, malts, grass, alcohol and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy, boozy and bitter. Not a very pleasant brew but had nice grain flavour and decent grassy hop aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4576) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. Amber with a thin white head; rather muted, gentle aroma, piney, citrus, and spicy; full bodied and hoppy from the start, quite spritzy in the mouth, with a rough, woody flavour; and a rather nettley finish.


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