DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 15/12/2004
Golden coloured hoppy and slightly fruity. Some dryness in a lasting malt finish.
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask handpull, Westgate JDW Canterbury Xmas 2004. Pale gold strong bitter with interesting hops from the cascades and some pale malt. Odd for a winter beer as it follows more the summer golden beer recipe
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Jan, 2005: JDW, Gravesend. A spicy Golden Ale. Pale malt base with notes of warm ginger and muddied citric hops. Slightly oily body. A feel of alcohol strength. A summer ale twisted into a winter ale and working well. [3.5]
Jan, 2005:<?b>JDW, Rochester: Soft passionfruit and grapefruit notes swarming all over this delicate and quaffable golden ale. [3.3]
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The presence of Cascade in the ingredient list indicates that this isn’t likely to be a traditional Christmas ale. And it isn’t. The colour is pale amber. The aroma is modest, with some flowery, grassy hop. Clean and fresh on the palate, with grassy hop again. Not much malt character in evidence - this clearly uses pale malt. Slightly sweet, finishing with a touch of bitterness. This is a reasonable strong bitter but, when all is said and done, there’s not really that much going on. It’s not clear whether this is a new regular seasonal, or a one-off brewed for JDW - the company website is particularly useless for beer information. Cask (handpump) at Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall, London.