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Greene King Libertine

Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask conditioned; Status uncertain
This pale beer has been brewed to explore the skilfully complex style of American APAs, so has a predominantly hoppy character with a lasting, fruity flavour. Hops used: Cascade, First Gold, Tettnang, Willamette. Beer style: strong bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Retro review from Spring 2012 Wetherspoons Beer festival; Not really complex, hardly any hops, American style APA it isn’t.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (13390) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Turf Tavern, Oxford. Amber with no head. On the board as just Libertine, no Brewer given, hmm? Flat, tartish, floral peachy flavours, poor condition unfortunately. Approaching dodgy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8767) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
Has hints of mixed fruit in its aroma and flavour, with a nice texture when drunk.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
superflyguy (437) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
after overcoming my reticence at buying more GK rubbish I had a half and it was actually alright! detectable citrus hops and a strong malt presence. a bit ’furry’ in the mouth with a bitter sweet finish. cask.hunters.nr harrogate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2012
Cask - The Glasshouse, Norwich. Small but lasting creamy off-white head; slightly hazy amber. Citrussy, bittersweet mid fruits & a light green apple profile. Light to medium body, soft to medium carbonated mouthfeel, lingeringish dryish finish. You know, this is quite citrussy, grassy & bitter for GK. Light to medium body, softish carbonation, lingering hoppy finish. Pretty good even for Greene King.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
Cask @ JDW. Pours clear dark amber, good head. Orangey hop aroma. Bit of caramel, more orangey hop flavour, lasting bitterness. Still has a characteristic Greener King-yness, but interesting, tasty and worth having again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4792) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2012
Cask by handpump at Last Post, Paisley (31 Mar 12) - clear pale copper ale with an aroma of fruit and pine, thin off-white head, served at good temperature, initial floral / fruity flavour then bitter, scented with a strong bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Cordwainer Northampton. A golden beer with a tight white head. Very hoppy. Piney and sharp. Very bitter too. A good body. Flavoursome citricity. Some orange marmalade. Remarkably nice. Shows what can be done if a brewer tries and uses good hops too. Credit where credit is due.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2012
14th March 2012
Shakespeare’s Head Spoons, Holborn. Clear amber beer, small off white head. Light crisp palate. Minerals. Mild but fresh marmalade hops. Bitterness punches above it’s weight. Light crisp finish. Strewth! A drinkable Greene King!! Whatever next?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 31, 2012
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Amber, clear, thin white head, good lacing
Aroma - almost nothing, hint of spicy hops
Taste of caramel malts, light soft toffee, bitter spicy hops, some GK yeast there, some citrus zesty hops, bit of toasted malt, bit of a hotch-potch
Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish - strong bitter, over long lingering, yeast mineraly tang, too bitter.
Overall - It’s OK, but too bitter finish

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