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Brewed by Harbour
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bodmin, England

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask and bottle: Unfiltered
A modern interpretation of the British classic with pronounced American hop aromas. This golden ale has citrus characters and robust yet balanced bitterness.

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• Available from February 2012

• Draft 5% ABV

• Bottle 5.2% ABV


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeebon (180) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys for just £1.50 - Bargain! Upon taking a sniff there is a noticable citrus (lemon and grapefruit), floral, grassy and slightly spicey aroma. Taking a sip these things are noticable in the taste, along with resin and pine leading into a slightly sharp and sour bitterness which lingers in the finish. A very nice beer indeed although the fizzy carbonation is a bit heavy handed. Definitely buying again!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
500ml Bottle: BBD 1st May 2014. Poured into a UK pint sleeve at home on 10th Jan 2014. This is the first beer of a ’random beer tasting evening’ I’m having with myself while the wife is dining with a bunch of other ladies elsewhere. Exceedingly lively, only got about a third of the bottle into the glass on the first pour because the head it produced just kept growing and growing. Below it was a misty, deep old gold coloured body. The huge head left some heavy lacing too. Spicy hop nose with citrus undertones. The beer was refreshing and tasty: bitter and almost sharp on the tongue, the hops ruling the malt contents completely. I’m not fan of golden brews that have a citrus front usually: however this has enough character and depth of spiciness to equal those lemon/lime type flavours and aromas. I thought a peppery taste arrived as it warmed a little too. Most enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle - BCA; some sediment. Hazy Pale Gold in colour. Very Fruity; lemon citrus and grapefruit. Hoppy; grassy, piney and spicy hops. Malty; toasty malts, caramel. Bitter lemon citrus fruity hoppy and quite dry throughout. Decent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Slightly cloudy dark amber hue with a small off white foamy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Glorious aroma strong in hoppy floweryness and citrus. This follows through to the taste which is citrusy and floral with a long bitter aftertaste. A good example of how an IPA should be.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
Cask at Cask Days 2013 at the Brickworks, labelled Harbour Hand Drawn Monkey IPA, served in a tasting glass. Pours hazy golden with rocky white bubbles and some particulate. The nose has notes of flowers and caramel, along with slight citrus and English-style hops. The flavour is moderately bitter up front, and it becomes more so. Resinous notes develop through the middle and it closes out fruity and floral with a moderate bitter finish. On the palate it is light in body with a watery texture and no carbonation. Overall, this is a reasonable English-style IPA, but fairly simple. 2013-10-19

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
(Cask at Holborn Whippet, Holborn, London, 19 Nov 2013) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, citrus, dried apricots and grapefruit. Malty, fruity taste with orange peel, apricots, a touch of caramel, black-currant and a generous citric bitterness. Tasty and well made. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1844) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Gusher when opened. Pours a brown colour with a thick white head, strong citrus aroma, the taste is bitter and hoppy with dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3814) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle from Gurd (who is a genius). I rather liked this. It definitely hit me up good. Roughage, straw, sneezes of foreign hops, on a gloss painted door. British, resolutely so. I agree with what Silk said (see below). x

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddieChave (13) - - OCT 28, 2013
Golden in colour, musty with a few bits floating in. Look let down taste. Lots of citrusy, grassy and hoppy

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
2013-10-20. Very hazy pastel yellow body with a modest head. Aroma is sharply hoppy and yeasty as is the flavour. Quite bitter, almost astrigent, lightly yeasty throughout, bitter grapefruit citrus. Average bodied palate, modest carbonation. Not sure if the cask was in it’s prime but I found it a bit rough. Session 3, Cask Days 2013, Toronto


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