Brewed by Greene King
Style: Pale Lager
Bury St. Edmunds, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered.
Previously known as The Beer To Dine For.
Brewed to complement food, we use the lightest malts and Tettnang hops to achieve the unique pale golden colour, crisp taste and dry finish. This unique blend makes Hop the ideal accompaniment to spicy dishes, seafood and poultry. The Tettnang hops, imported from Washington State and Oregon, give the beer its soft melon aroma and complete the dry finish.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2005
Golden with a decent white head. Aromas are initially a bit skunky upon the bottle opening, settling down into grassy, clean hops. Flavours are sweet soft biscuit malts and crisp hops bitterness. Slightly stale aftertaste. Would go well with a hot curry. Mmm, curry....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
Bottled. Golden colour. Aroma of caramel and grass. Sweet and somewhat thin with clean mouthfeel and low-medium bitterness. A boring beer with an industrial feel to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2004
MGC with medium sized very short lasting white head. Mild woody hops and light biscuity grain malt aroma. Smooth light bodied low carb palate. Medium tending to candy sugar sweet and light stalish bitter flavours. Melon hey - hummmm, it’s not watermelon, or cantaloupe, or honey dew, must be a melon I don’t know about

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2004
A clear golden beer with a fine white head. Fresh fruity aroma with malt and hop notes. Crispy flavor. Malty and flowery with hops in the finish. Not very interesting but fresh and clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Light refreshing melony, mildly hoppy blondie beer. Doesn’t live up to the hype, but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
In the bottle, bought from Asda in Derby. Apparently brewed to compliment food. Well I had it with dinner & it was fine but no better suited than other beers. Quite Lagery over all, but not bad. Also it came in a wine shaped bottle. (the bottle I had stated the strength as 4.5%)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2004
Pale orangey golden body with a fairly short lasting head. Seem to pick up the soft melon aroma, as mentioned, with underlying malts. Taste is nothing special, touch of bitterness also thin watery vanilla taste along with soap and not a lot else. I think the marketing is good but the beer doesn’t back it up.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburys; 750ml, clear. Orangey/gold colour with small, quickly gone white head. Hoppy aroma with underlying light malts. Dry hoppy taste with metallic edge and bitter finish. Moderately carbonated with a watery mouthfeel. Nothing special, I didn’t have it with food, in which case, it may of course be the dog’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2004
750ml bottle. Orange/amber coloured body. Pours with a full, rich beige head. Hoppy, spiced aroma lifts from the glasses generously. Good bitter taste with background of soft vanilla malts. Easy drinking session beer, that despite its size didn’t last long whilst I was cooking the BBQ last night.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 Pale orange/gold colour with no head to speak of. Light malt aroma, with a sweetish bready undertone and hints of cardboard. A smidgen of malt on the palate, but mainly dry hops, finishing bitter and peppery, with a metallic edge. Rather dull mouthfeel, with a soapy feeling lingering on the finish. Comes over like a cross between a bitter and a lager. Palatable enough and easy drinking, but no excitement here. I don’t really see what makes this a beer to specifically partner food, as the name and pitch seem to suggest. 660ml bottle (pasteurised) from Tesco as Beer To Dine For. BBE 31 Jan 2005.

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