Hugh (153) - Zillebeke, - SEP 13, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle Tesco. I really hoped for the best from this beer and I do not want to dampen Greene King’s intent to make higher class beers, but...... dreadful. And the packaging promised so much. A copper coloured beer with immediately disappearing head. Thin body and not remotely, really not remotely the style of beer stated. Overcooked vegetable flavour which is not pleasant. No detectable aroma hop, and some unidentifiable peppery bittering hop has survived but I did not find the flavour pleasant. I could write something witty about the Indian Mutiny here, but I am too disconsolate. With no secondary fermentation, and with the tang of cheap malt, the aimed for style has eluded the brewer.
Aniela (2230) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amber beer with a small white head. Banana, malty, caramell and fruity aroma. Banana and fruity flavour.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bit of an alcoholic stench, but that provides a nice warming finish which is good on a day like today. Not too bad. Definitely not like any other IPA I’ve had though. Whoever was tweeting ’I hate it when people say that IPA is a brand name’ needs to get over themselves. Aren’t you all knowledgeable and superior.
zimbo (414) - SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper brown to the eye with a thin dense head. Nose doesn’t give much away. Hint of dry musty hardness to start followed by some alcohol fuelled toffee before reaching somoe non threatening bitterness in the end.
jamesie1857 (1096) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
laiti (4546) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle @ Kitty’s. Rated on 26.02.2011
Aroma has some bready malt, fruits and toffee typical to english ales. Flavour has some malt, caramel, toffee, and ripe fruits. Not very IPA-like, just an english strong unusually high on hops.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear 355cl bottle of a deep golden amber beer, best before the end of Mar 2011. Reviewed on 13th Feb 2011.
Poured into a Greene King badged chalice. Looked fine, clear and bright, on top a small wispy white head.
Malty aroma, hides the hops completely, the taste follows, very little hop content to be found until the mouth begins to dry towards the end of the sip.
Interestingly different in my eyes, certainly the sweetest, maltiest IPA I’ve ever had.
I am not a fan of the way Greene King conduct their bussiness, but some of their beers are good: this one being typical of the type I like (on the fairly sweet side and malty).
imdownthepub (9160) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, 355ml, from Tesco, Banbury. Orange gold with short lived head. Caramel malty beer, thankfully without the G.K twang, biscuity with a sweetish, leafy hop lurking around. Nothing that says ’This is Very Special’ apart from the label, it’s a tad on the boring side.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, from Morrison’s. Pours a clear amber-brown, couple of fingers of white head that quickly dies. Clear bottles are always a bit ominous, so it loses an appearance point for that. Aroma is alcohol, some dark fruity malt and some hops. Taste is largely similar, rather bitter finish which attempts to balance out the rather sweet initial taste, but the lighter fluid notes from the alcohol drown most of it out. The alcohol presence and character is akin to what I expected from Sink The Bismarck!, not a 7.5% beer. Still, decent for the price, I suppose, and it has an endearing name, like they want you to like it. Sadly, it’s not exactly great (though not offensively bad).
mike_77 (2415) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fruity and a bit oaky. A general malty presence is felt but it is strongly counterbalanced by some slightly acidic fruity tones. Then the finish becomes a bit woody and dry. Misses the fresh hoppiness associated with an IPA but still nice.
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had high hopes for this one, sadly, most of them were dashed! Clear amber, but lacks head, little in the way of nose/aroma other than a hint of malt. Palate is dominated by the hefty alcohol, there’s some malty sweetness and hoppy notes underneath but the whole is totally out of balance. Bought from Morrisons, won’t be buying it again tho!