steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
can / weird! i just had a ruddles county before this and this reminds me of it, but with a weird ginger cola thing going. spicy, sweet, and grassy. weird, weird, weird...
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Why, oh why do british brewers insist on clear glass bottles? Slightly skunky aroma, reminded me of American lagers actually. Very light hints of crystal malts, not much in the hop department. Thin body doesnt help much. Very disappointing for something labeled an IPA in such an eye catching bottle.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap in London. The english IPA are definatly much caller then the Americans. But iíd rather take harsh,bitter,evil,overhopped beer then boring
highlandlad (1477) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Disappointing lightweight English IPA from a brewer that can do a lot better. It poured a plummy brown colour with a thin head. The nose is rich and inviting, with hints of treacle toffee and dark rum. The skinny palate is where it falls down. Itís far too thin for an IPA. The abv is also too low for the style. It has some light hoppiness and a dry finish. An easy quaffer but unsatisfying. (Can)
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From can. Pours brown with a creamy off-white head. Odd vinous aroma. Taste is creamy, paint thiner and dull hops. Slight alcohol twinge witch is wierd being only 3.8%. This stuff would be best on the cask I assume.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted 24/01/2005. 660ml bottle from New World, Lower Hutt (great beer selection here!). Pours a coppery brown with thin white pillow of head. Nice english hop aroma (guessing Goldings), slightly spicy and earthy but mostly grassy. Strong bitterness is well balanced by smooth malty flavour and pleasant low-carbonated mouthfeel. Palate is slightly oil, probably from the generous hopping. Very low strength an IPA, more like a hoppy bitter.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ehh, drinkable. If treated like a mild, this beer is nice, very nice. Just donít go expecting a west coast IPA out of this thing. Not sure if 3.8% really protected it all the way to the East Indies, but given that most beers in Britain are much weaker when served on cask and locally, Iím sure the "export" was much more potent and Iím curious to taste it, as this beer is nice, just a bit too mild.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at a british run joint in Santo Domingo. Very drinkable bitter; classic nutty taste, carbonation and mouth feel.
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light red copper with thin white head. Mix of fresh floral hops and skunk in aroma. Fresh malts and floral hops with a bit of peppers. Lighter bodied.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve had this cask conditioned a number of times and havenít been impressed. This time it was bottled from Sainsburyís. Pastuerised, filtered, it should have been worse than the draught, but wasnít. Tasted fresh, with better hop character than I remember. Little, diminishing head, medium mouthfeel, mildly bitter finish.