Brewed by Hardknott
Style: Amber Ale
Millom, England


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - SEP 29, 2013
Cold bottle from Sainsburys, into tulip. Apparently it’s hoppier than a bucketful of frogs... Very dark mahogany brown/red with a huge off-white head, gently sparkling. Smells of pungent pine as it’s pouring but the head obscures the smell eventually. Body is medium and quite foamy, nice level of carbonation. More pine in the taste, some background liquorice, slightly astringent, bitterness is surprisingly soft. I’m not really a fan of Centennial but they are quite well integrated here. Pretty solid stuff overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2013
330ml bottle at home. So it goes on, this orange supermarket binge. Do they just stick a pin in a map and say, "Where’s the nearest brewery to this?" Best of a bad lot this though, but nowhere near as good as Rhetoric 1. Reddish brown pour, toffee nose with decent enough hop aroma - grass, orange, really faint pine. Tastes balanced, if not exciting. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (11899) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, heavy caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity and old hops. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Too sweet for my liking. 260913

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle, 6.2%. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, caramel, little toasted and a little citrus. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, little dry, medium sweet, little spicy and medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14158) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, malt and hops. Dominated by the sweet caramel malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle at the home from Sainsbury’s. Aroma is cara biscuit malt, mineral slight grassy hop. Chestnut brown colour with hints of red. Flavour is hints of tabacoo, choc and roast assertive bitterness. medium full body. pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
330ml bottle at home. Pours chestnut brown with a frothy receding head. A nice fresh hoppy aroma, very refreshing taste, hopped to hell but in a very skilful way. Quite fancy another one now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
Gushed out of the bottle, red with a toffee head. Nice balance of hops and malt. Dry finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Very highly carbonated foam almost escaped from the bottle before pouring. Aroma is pretty low with hints of red berries a fair bit of grass and a touch of roast. Flavour is a reasonable balance of bitter and hop with some citrus elements. May hae got a dodgy bottle will try one more as hardknot beers are usually good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 33cl bottle from the Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt 2013 range. Reddish copper with a billowing but fast fading cream head; the aroma is predominantly Belgian yeast with some sour fruit; pleasant hoppy bitterness but rather sweet; and a lasting, warming, finish.

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