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Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Amber Ale
Millom, England

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Frothier than a Kavos foam party. Little bit raw but magnificently hopped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Reddish Amber in colour. BCA; some sediment. Very Hoppy; piney resinous hops; decent hop bite. Very Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Slightly spicy. Malty; toffee, sweet malts. Bitter hoppy citrus fruity meets sweet caramel malts. Liked this. Nice IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (723) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Straggler bottle from 2013 Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt. Pours reddish light brown, massive khaki head. Smells of grass & strawberry jam, or... anyone remember Hawaiian Punch? Less synthetic than that but you get the idea. Taste is prominent bitter following initial sweetness. Well balanced. Thin carby palette.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (1783) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys, Streatham, London - (on a special at 60p a bottle, bargain) copper/ dark reddish pour with an off-white persistent head and lacing. Fresh hoppy aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, slight treacle, hops citrus and a bit of toffee, great bitterness on this. Lovely drop.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (2799) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2013
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Prestwick - amber brown with a slight haze, thin beige head, resinous fruity hoppy aroma, no lacing, fruity, hoppy flavour, oily texture, bitter hop finish, highly carbonated, bottle erupted on opening with around a third of the contents lost

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sizzler80 (447) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 20, 2013
Dark amber/reddish pour with a frothy white head which holds. Citrus, pine, berries, malty sweetness (subdued). Good carbonation but a bit soapy. Nice overall.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1049) - 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 (42) - - 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 (378) - 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.


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