Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this beer many years ago in England at one time when I was too lazy and stupid to write my thoughts. I will update this as soon as I get my hands on this beer again.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Cask] Flowery hop aroma. The finish is not as bitter as one would have expected from an IPA. It is rather sweet and honeyish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Conditioned, at The Sutton Arms, London
Clear amber colour with a descent beige head that appeared frozen or motionless. Decent bitter aroma and flavour. Good body for and structure I thought. Nice bitter trailer that keeps you guessing. This beer concluded this evening pub crawl home. Unlike SilkTork I caught this just on which may account for the differences. PS: that head was still there when I left.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 April, 2003:Cask, 5 Bells, Tenterden. This was near the end of the cask and did show some sourness towards the end of the pint. Having said that, it still wasn’t an impressive beer. The hops were edging toward stewed. The malt base was thin and boring. Flowers used to be a nice pint, but it has suffered in recent years. The Flowers brewery was founded in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1831 as Flower & Son. In 1954 they were bought by J. W. Green Ltd of Luton, and the name was changed to Flowers. The Whitbread empire took over in 1961, closing the brewery down seven years later when they transferred production to the Cheltenham brewery. It was the Cheltenham Flowers that I remember with fondness - but in 1999 the brewery was closed down and Flowers moved into the Boddington’s Strangeway brewery in Manchester. Then came the Great Millenium when the Interbrew stormtroopers, with huge smirks on their faces, took over the Whitbread and Bass brewing empires. Under pressure from the UK government they gave up the Bass brewing operation, and now only produce two cask beers - Flowers Original and Flowers IPA. A small (and declining) portion of the vast Boddingtons keg output is also produced in the cask. [1.8]
June, 2003: Cask, King’s Head, Rochester. This one was in better condition. It was drinkable without being remarkable. Upped a few points. [2.4]
March, 2005:The Fox, Maidstone. Nice pub with a good atmosphere and a half decent range of beers. This is a softly malty and nicely balanced Best Bitter. It lacks freshness and has a metallic feel in the finish. A drinkable ale but little to commend - indeed, off-flavours intrude more and more: a curious mix of stale, greasy and metallic. [2.1]
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well balanced nose with hops and malts, dark bronze hue, this is well balanced but a little weak, the hops and malts dont really bite at all and it could do with more carbonation - however it is not by any means a bad IPA
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flat, light and watery.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flat, syruppy and unpleasant. Heaps of rotting tropical fruit and no bitterness. IPA? eh?
fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A non-descript, but not unpleasant brew. A watery tasting, thin brew.
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flat, unspectacular and overall boring I.P.A. Made me ready to try something alse immediately.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
One of those macrobrewed British IPAs (like Deuchars) - far too light for the style and not very interesting.