BlackHaddock (3596) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dec 2009: Clear 500ml bottle, brewed for the English Rugby team and a sports charity.
Golden pale ale, poured into an Old Speckled Hen pint vase. Almost lager looking, clear and bright. The thin white head soon left the scene, leaving a collar and a couple of wispy bits.
Citrus in both aroma and taste, Pale Malts and late hopped with Tettnanger. Pleasant without being spectacular or too interesting. Crisp and the citrus tang gives it a slightly different Pale Ale edge on some of the more traditional ones.
Overall, not bad. Another Greene King beer for the supermarket shelves and better than most of their offerings.
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A golden coloured headless beer. There are some reasonable citrus hoppy notes in this but there is diacetyl and cardboard in the nose with a tiny amount of vomit in the mouth. The hops though, to be fair are good with pink grapefruit and orange, and if the bad bits weren’t there it would be scoring pretty high. As it is though it can only get average marks.
joe19612 (1837) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with no head at all. No real aroma but what their is yeasty. No real taste slight hoops with a dry bitter finish. Not very good.
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden with a thin head. Aromas are lots of caramel with citrus and toast. Buttery. Flavours are sweet lemon and caramel with slick butter and slightly medicinal notes. Has a prickly sparkle. Dull.
DeanF (1687) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really faint aroma of hops, some sourness in the nose too. Looks very below average, no head, weak colour. Tastes weak, slightly hoppiness, slightly watery finish. Nothing special in this specially brewed brew.
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 Concentrated, unmistakeable aroma of rabbit piss. Trust me, I know what it smells like. Fermented grass, hay, human sweat, UREA. Lagery orange pour with a thin dying head; some compensating Lucozade, honey and orange warming up in the aroma once the head’s gone. Doughy wet sog, aspirin, paper, watery thin apple. Only redeeming feature is that casky soft vanilla thing even GKs worst bottled beers have got. But I’m afaid I can’t get past the piss-sodden wood shavings. Untypically lagery, typically useless clear-bottled GK effort. Sink got some.
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. A light coloured ale, bordering on lager. It’s clean with some light fruit and few hops - though some aromatics do linger pleasantly. If you want a lager type beer- that is something fairly light and clean - but at a lower abv with some body, then this works. Slight toffee notes. Not offensive. Slips down easy, but is not remarkable.
capcollector (2) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2009 does not count
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Discontinued in Sainsbury’s for 90p a 500ml bottle, and 4 for the price of 3 - if you like it, fill your boots!
Bland and insipid, a bit like the man himself. Little head and that disappears fast, unlike the man himself. Slight but pleasant aroma, unlike him. Too fizzy. Really more like a lager than most ales. As a lager it would be okay, but as an ale, it is rather poor.
harrisoni (13559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Clear gold, thin white. Some GK yeast on the aroma. Some rubberised pasteurisation too. Some moderate hop on the aroma. too. It’s lacks some punch later on due to the fact that it is pasteurised. Starts alright, but then rather dies into a citrusy blandness. It’s a good thing Lawrence was a better player than this is a good beer, or we wouldn’t have won the Rugby World Cup. Dull, but with some decent citrus flavours.
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear bottle. Typical GK signature flavour. The initial hoppiness fades into total blandness.Oh dear!