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Brewed by Greene King
Style: English Strong Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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This warming, full bodied ale has a reassuringly rich appearance and a mellow fruit aroma. Grapefruit and orange citrus tones combine with the floral and herbal Styrian Goldings hop variety deliver a reserve ale of exceptional quality with a dry, bitter finish. Greene King IPA Reserve is distinguished by a higher alcohol level, and this premium-strength ale feels and tastes more powerful, robust and warming. Very popular with ale connoisseurs, this darker ale matches beautifully with richer foods such as casseroles and red meats.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonb5 (315) - Greater London, - NOV 1, 2012
Pint from the JDW real ale festival. Dark amber colour, clear, one finger head, decent retention. Aroma was berries and yeast, reminded me of a Belgian pale ale. Tasted malt and notes of rasperry, some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Smooth, minimal carbonation, texture on the thick side. Overall this was a good beer, had character, kept me interested.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Brown, slight amber glow, thin white head; taste is sweetish juicy malt and citrus fruit; still not that many hops for an IPA; it’s hard not to be prejudiced against this having had to endure a thousand handpumps for the awful basic product over the years; whatever, it’s a million miles better than it’s much-disparaged cousin; a nice full body, especially; pretty decent, in fairness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matstrange (35) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
Impressive reddy amber hue. Very smooth to drink. Had the right flavour for an IPA but much more subtle and citrussy than some similar beers but packs a punch at 5.4%

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StueyD (1066) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
A mid amber brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A light, sweet butterscotch aroma with a hint of malt. Medium-dry mouthfeel. A dry malty taste, bittersweet caramel and toffee. There is hint of sour fruit in the background that does balance out the sweetness. The finish is a tad cloying. Tasted at the Ely Hotel, Blackwater, Hampshire. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Medium amber in colour, head variable as in all cask ales. Fairly thin for its gravity and no aroma whatever. Quite easy drinking for a strong-ish bitter but not especially distinguished.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jensgam (143) - , DENMARK - AUG 31, 2013
Cask, pours amber with white head. Aroma is caramel malty with hoppy aroma. Flavour is sweet and malty with european hoppy caracter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2013
From cask. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is herbal, grassy and light straw. Smooth malty, light fruity, subdued bitterness. Medium dry malty into the finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2013
GBBF 2013 Backlog. Head: small, poor retention. Colour: dark amber, clear. Aroma: refreshing soury-bitter, japanese lemon (yuzu). Taste: dry, hop bitterness, slightly sour with a zesty finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2013
Cask @ C4 Odense. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Caramel, bread, mild citrus and toffee. Smooth and fairly dry. Good for a G.K beer!

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. Golden beer, no head. Malty aroma, grassy and spicy. Hoppy floral flavor, a bit artificial. No good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2012, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toffee, caramelized caramel, malt extract. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120807]


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