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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Amber Ale
Millom, England

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned. Has been seen in cask.
This IPA is not particularly Pale. In fact it’s a deep ruby red. Based on a modern American style beer from Oregon using Cascade and Centennial hops in appropriate proportions, for bittering, aroma and dry hopping balanced with a strong Crystal malt backbone.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1033) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys. Was really looking forward to this, so imagine my disappointment when I opened the bottle (after a long, shitty day at work!) and the contents erupted all over the kitchen worktop, floor and sink. I’ve been left with a centimetre of headless murky amber beer, with loads of "floaters", cant say I’m looking forward to this! Certainly smells ok, well hopped! This is also the case on the palate, the 6.2% is also noticable. Quite nice, shame about the disastrous start. There’s nothing on the label to suggest this is bottle conditioned, and it doesn’t seem to be infected as the "floaters" have now all sunk to the bottom, so I guess this was one of the last bottles out of the vat! Nice beer, but not impressed! ...... a couple of hours later and I’ve just been on the brewery website and it IS bottle conditioned, they just dont say it on the label!! .......I’ve just re-read the description above and the first line says "bottle conditioned" !!! Well Done Gavin!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeevan (36) - - NOV 12, 2013
I really like this. I like this style. Pours with a lovely big smooth fluffy head and amber appearance. A nice hoppy aroma, though not over stated, that invites you in to quite a big rich flavour for a relatively low ABV. The bitterness level is just great...big, how I like it in this style. I know I’m drinking a 6%r but I just want to gulp it it down and relish it. For me this is comfort drinking for the autumn season and the encroaching winter. Possibly the most interesting beer I’ve ever bought out of Sainsburys, and at just £1.25 a bottle, a snip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fancy_Clown (15) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Resin/pine hop character on the nose, Deep amber color, with a thick frothy head which is retained long past the pour; this is a really nice looking beer. Taste is soapy/piney/citrus with not much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for me, though it’s far from watery, so that’s a plus. Overall a very pleasant beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nilz (345) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2013
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s pours a slightly cloudy dark reddish ale with an off-white creamy head. Aroma of hops citrus and a bit of toffee. Taste an assertive bitterness predominates, more one to savor not quaff down! Give it a try, I kind of liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2018) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Flaske på RB samling hjemme (takk til Ivar): eksemplarisk fint skum, en "tørr" aroma med rips og tyttebær! Stor munnfylde og en særdeles rikholdig smak. Her har de ikke spart på hverken humle eller malt, og de har truffet særdeles godt med blandingen. Skamgod, for å uttrykke seg oxymoronisk.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2502) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
330 ml bottle kindly shared by Ivar. Deep caramel colored body with a dense beige head lingering as a film. Sprucy grassy hops and tropical dried fruits on the nose. Medium to full bodied. Smooth. Mellow fruity bitter flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (484) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2013
Light nose. Rusty Brown. Big fluffy off white head. A real zing on the palate. Dry hard stone end. Decent carb. Decent hop quality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottled 12/10/13. A dark brown to russet coloured beer with a whitish head. Hoppy with sweet ashy bready notes. An odd beer in many ways. There are candy sugar notes. High bitterness as well. It’s nice but a bit eccentric. Score 3.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.3, 3.7 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.6

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2309) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2013
Hazy amber with a large tan head, ok lacing. Aroma is a little metallic. Flavour is bitter marmalade on a long extremely dry bitter base.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HampshirePhil (111) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
330ml Bottle - dark red amber colour, tiny white froth. Carbonationnand pressurisation in the bottle was quite off in this particular bottle and the jet of beer that shot out of the bottle is evidence of that. Deep rich flavours, bitter taste and dry palate.


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