berkshirejohn (3639) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Hobgoblin, Reading. Pale straw with a loose white head; sweet honey aroma; doughy mouthfeel, with tart grapefruit and honey flavours; intense and long lasting bitter grapefruit finish. Excellent.
Alphadelic (1629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A lively yellow ale with a white foam. Light lemony aromas. Cereally flavours that come over as a little sweet. Crisp, light easy and homely.
Not a bad summer brew.
SaintMatty (3596) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml Bottle - Golden in colour with mild carbonation. Lightly hoppy aroma with grapefruit, tea and some malt notes. Lightly hoppy taste with gentle hints of tea and grapefruit. Not outstanding but still quite enjoyable.
Fin (6175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle picked up at the Naked Grape off licence, Alresford, Near Wincester, Hamps, 07-06-08 consumed 10-06-08 Pours warm gold initially clear, but then gets predicatably hazier with my clumsy pouring. Aroma’ are of light citrus hop but with a touch of sweetness. I really enjoyed the flavour and can only guess that I got a much better bottle than the previous two raters. There was a nice sweet fruitiness initially which then morphed into a sweetish lemon torte or lemon meringue type flavour not as sweet as I expected and the citrus was really quite nicely hidden in there, I think that this is my first from this brewery but one would I hope that it won’t be my last.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Mes rate: bottle thanks to Tashi.
Bright gold with a thin white head. Tangerine hop aroma, a little on a harsh side. Even more so in the flavour. Astringent and rather nasty yeast with some floral hops and a bitter finish. Bit of a fail.
rauchbier (3394) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle conditioned, courtesy of David Smith. Hazy gold, thin but lasting white head and good condition. Fruity tart apple and yeasty ester in the nose, dominant yeastiness in the mouth that becomes dry and bitter, although some floral hop comes through and a trace of citrus, finish is briefly sweet with more yeasty bitterness lingering and a faint phenolic plastic note at the end.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned @ Guide Dog. Pleasant spicy citric hops with a little alcohol and growing malty sweetness. This would be pretty decent if the sweetness was a bit more restrained.
harrisoni (10909) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at Evening Star, Brighton. Gold, huh, no kidding. Thin off white head. In the Hopback Summer Lightning, Exmoor Gold terriotory here. Some citrus hop aroma, slightly sweet in mouth. Straw, citrus hop finish. does what is says on the tin. Alcohol gives it heat and body. Competent, but not exactly breaking new ground.