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Frog Island Natterjack

Brewed by Frog Island
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Northampton, England


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
First brewed in 1995. Available bottle conditioned since 2000.
English Marris Otter Pale Malt; Wheat Malt; Target and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottled as Santa’s Tipple. A fizzy, lager coloured ale with a grassy aroma. Wheat is obvious and not very appealing for a Christmas beer, quite thin with a floral hop finish. Better on draught in summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13942) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Draft at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours clear yellow-gold with a foamy white head. Sweet, with pale bread, light tangy lemon, straw, grains and hay. Light in body with fine carbonation; good condition. Finishes sweet with light bitter dirty hay, more pale dough. Fine golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
How: Cask.
Where: GBBF 2014.
Appearance: Clear golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, citrus, floral, perfume.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Perfume, floral, citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (18121) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
12th August 2014
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Almost clear gold beer, small white head. Palate is very light and dry and has a light crispness. Mild floral notes. Very light hops - whisper of lemon. Light dry finish. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (12687) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Cask at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Lightly hazed golden with a moderately appointed off white head. Nose is pale malt, grain, cereal, light citrics. Taste comprises yeast notes, pale malts, straw, faint lemon rind, bready pangs. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Boring GB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
Sampled @ GBBF day 3. Clear yellow to golden color, decent sized white head. Smell and taste malts, nicely hoppy, lightly tropical fruits, some pineapple, decently bitter. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1383) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Cask @ Lamb, Stoke Goldington. Golden and clear. Thin white head on top. Unconvincing aroma of banana, thin malt and sour fruit. Taste is very well balanced, a bittersweet taste leading to bitter-sour finish. Lingering aftertaste. Goes well with my meal but not so much on its own. Pretty good for this type of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (10810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2012
Cask (Charters, Peterborough)
Simple barley aroma. Pale orange, tiny brief head. Slightly leguminous, but not full-on vegetal. Cornflakes? Some toffee. A touch sour later. Has those soapy bitter fertilised female hops in the bitterness - quite agressive. The late finish has lots of barley which is an improvemtent. A barely adequate beer. No real flaws, in theory, but misses the mark in several places when it comes to what reached the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2012

Cask (handpump) @ Market Porter, 9 Stoney Street, Southwark, London, Greater London, England SE1 9AA.

Clear medium yellow orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, fruity, wood notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120115]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4918) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2012
Bottle conditioned inside a brown 500ml bottle, best before 31 Aug 2010, drank and reviewed 28 July 2010. Poured carefully and slowly into a pint ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged vase shaped glass. Very pale, dull golden yellow, slight haze too. On top a magnificent foaming crown of white bubbles. The largest piles of lacing I’ve ever seen, can’t really call it lacing, more like clumps of foam hung to the glass as I drank down the brew. Floral hop aroma (English Goldings used), some yeast esters as well. A homebrew sort of feel and taste for me, a hop bitterness is very evident (English Target hops used for bitterness). Interesting, an almost ginger/peppery bite in the aftertaste hits with the hop bitterness.

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