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Formerly brewed at Hampshire
Style: American Pale Ale
Romsey, England

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Hops! Abundant aroma of the fruit of the hop, citrus and fragrant with orange, grapefruit and lemon hints. Powerful Cascade hop aroma through to aftertaste with distinctive bitterness complemented by good strength of malt character. Bright copper colour and a hop feast worthy of a serious India Pale Ale.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Challenger, Golding and Cascade hops.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2005
I tried the bottle conditioned variety. Who designated this an American Pale Ale style? It says IPA on the label and I think if Hampshire can make beer they probably know what they’re brewing! So I’m reviewing a bottled IPA: Attractive, very dark brown bottle. Nice but strange label. Poured out golden tarnished brass color, small quickly fading creamy head, minimal lacing. Aromas of flowers, rose hips, herbs, citrus,coffee. Taste was at first floral then the strong hop bitterness kicked in. Not sweet and only mildly malty, with a background of prunes, sherry and claret. Hint of yeast, but the hops are clearly the star of this show. Not overly carbonated but refreshing. Mouthfeel is spot-on for an IPA. Solid and weighty, but not overly so, each mouthful leads you want another.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2451) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2002
If you’re into hops, this one’s for you. It’s everywhere; aroma, flavour , finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2002
I’m trying to think of the last time I’ve had an English IPA, and am drawing a blank. How odd. Well, if the rest are like this one, then I’ve been missing out. Full floral hoppy aroma. Grapefruit is the dominant taste; the flavor is richly hoppy, complemented nicely by a fair array of hops. Goes down bitter and remarkably crisp. And all this despite being 4 months past the ’Best By’ date.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Monster UK IPA. Sensual fruity nose (not that I’m into sensuous fruits...) Good balance of hops (Kent, Fuggles, some NA West Coast?) makes for an excellent bittering. Dry, Otter malt, almost surely. I got a bit of the orange, but none of the grapefruit. A little vanilla in there somewhere, and the CO2 gives a little ginny taste. Buttery palate. Quick bitter finish. Good label, orange-gold brew, good homebrew pint bottle, thin wispy sediment. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Magnificent. A clear orange color with a medium rocky white head. A veritable citrus garden of aroma since each waft bring in a new fruit. First is grapefruit, then tangerine, oranges and lemon. Hops are ever present in the aroma and taste that impart a pleasant bitterness that leaves you wanting more. By far the best IPA I have had.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2003
I wish I could get this on tap in NJ. Deep golden color. Fruity and citrussy aroma with plenty of hops. Perfect carbonation. Yummy rich malt with lots of hops. This could be a personal favorite if it were only more available.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2002
Simply put this is a great IPA. Very clear, almost too clear. This beer makes me wish I had some more. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2002
A nice IPA, good hop flavor, mild carbonation, nice citrus aroma. A good example of a "modern" British IPA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2004
Golden orange, copper tone with firm white head. Hoppy aroma with soapy and herbal tones. Malty when warmer. Hoppy flavor. A bit sweet. Roasted malt. Then the fun begins, the finish of this beer is the longest and most intense I´ve had in a bitter. It evolves and becomse a bit soapy in the end. And I´m lovin every minute of it.


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