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Freeminer Trafalgar IPA

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Formerly brewed at Freeminer
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cinderford, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
At 50 EBU this IPA is far more bitter than one would normally expect at 6%, but we believe in serious hopping at Freeminer. Pale in colour, with hints of sunset browns in the colour betraying the splash of crystal malts, the single varietal dosing of premium Goldings cuts into the tour de force of serious Marris Otter malts at play with the taste buds. The prolonged dry hopping is very evident in the nose and finish.


stephen's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Very good IPA. Nice malt hop balance. Slightly metallic. Easy to drink. Not overly bitter.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wlajwl (3772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, malts, a hint of citrus and slightly perfumed. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, malts, citrus and a mildly hoppy finish. Not sure if the bottle-conditioning caused this to taste a lot more like an ESB, but not very IPA in characteristics either way.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2350) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Slightly hazed copper pour with a stong earthy and caramel malt aroma. A nice hop and spice presence that finishes with a splash of bitter orange peel. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
It has an assertive hop nose, a wonderful hazy copper colour and flavour to spare. While the malt could have a stronger presence I am reminded from my recent sampling of how lush and lingering the hop flavour and finish are (which is surprising for a British IPA made with Goldings hops).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle conditioned. Honey-brown body, cloudy with sediment, topped with a huge, off-white head, billowing, sticky lace, shrinks down small. Aroma is sweetly apple, citrus, earthy like grass, a bit skunky. Body is medium, carbonation is light, mouth is wet. Flavor is mildly sweet, apple, caramel, citrus hops. The finish is long, mild, and mildly hopped with flavors of apple skin, wood like a pine board, some grapefruit rind, and some roasted flavors. Finish is also kind of sour. A little spicy. Atypical, pretty drinkable, flavors are moderately strong. Doesn’t fit a style very well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Light orange to dark color. Almost like apple cider. Medium thin head. Fruity aroma. Thick mouthfeel, very crisp. Slight bitterness at the end. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3670) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Odd cedar nose with light babyfood and oatmeal hints. Opaque ochre with a few flakes, medium yellow head. Somewhat astringent for the style. It tastes of sour wood and apples with an obvious and intense wheat bread crust finish. Pesky alcohol seems to hang around like an unvited party guest. Strange beer and fabulously unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells of eathy hops and spice. Tastes citrussy and spicy with a light peppery finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 12, 2008
500ml bottle. Interesting this is listed as imported by Rogue - didn’t know they did that. Clear amber with an absolutely huge beige head that descends rockily. Sucked up 2/3 of my English pint glass. Spicy citrus nose, bready and tangerine citrus notes. Flavor is very bready, a bit earthy, light tangerine citrus tang. Odd, but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
16.9oz bottle. Pours orange in color with full foamy off white head. Aroma spicey, sweet and floral hops. Taste sweet, hoppy and light pineapple with bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Hazy golden body with a huge ivory head, very lively carbonation. Sweet and slightly spicey aroma, it seems like some nutmeg and sour apple if that makes any sense. Sweet and hoppy taste, some pineapple with a light apple accent. Smooth ending, would have rated higher had the initial carbonation not been totally out of wack.


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