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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Beer has inspired traditions and celebrations across the world. As brewers, there is one festival in particular that has intrigued us because it is devoted to a single beer ingredient: hops. The Dočesná hop festival celebrates the harvest of hops, grown in the area surrounding the Bohemian city of Zatec. The area has a long history as one of the world’s eminent hop growing regions. This is commemorated annually with music, dancing, hop-picking competitions, and beer drinking. An inspiration indeed for brewing a beer! This deep chestnut colored ale uses Sládek hops imported from the Zatec region. The Sladek hops provide a clean, slightly bitter but smooth finish. With a medium body, it is well balanced beer. A great choice for celebrations.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Aroma is hops, metallic, horse. Color is kind of a pale reddish-brown. Nice head retention. Flavor is very balanced. The hops are there but enough malt to keep it in check. Finishes smoky, chewy, bitter. Nicely balanced ale.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Clear and dark reddish amber color. Moderate head, but it leaves lots of ring and webby lace. Smells dry with a relatively minor hop effect. Touch of metal. The taste is similar to the smell, perhaps a little more earthy. The body is lightly thin, but the carbonation is also low. So, I’d say it’s balanced. I’d describe this as more malty (but quite dry) than hoppy even after the swallow.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is dark copper with a large off-white head. Aroma is sweet and grassy with notes of pine, toast, and earth. Flavor is lighter on the hops than I expected - yeast, earth, grain, pine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (455) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2013
I’ll admit, I assumed this was a Pils when I bought it. After adjusting my expectations - it’s a very solid beer. More substantial than most english pale ales. Great malt backbone - strong, and without any cloying sweetness. Great hops, which are balanced throughout. Nice long finish. Copper-colored, with lacing that lingers on the sides of the glass. Tastes very fresh. Impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bomber from Grape & Gourmet, VA Beach. Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toasted, nutty malts, intensely herbal hops with some grassy and pine notes. The taste is toffee malts, some toast, apples, floral, grass and resin hops. Medium bodied. Fairly different and quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (604) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bomber to shaker - has a tea brown color and a medium foamy head that dissipates quickly. Has what seems like a fruity (apricot) nose and a malty biscuit flavor. Medium mouthfeel and an average bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3377) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Strong, malty aroma has firm fruity and hoppy notes, the former mainly apple, a hint of cloves. Pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a rather thick light tan head that leaves good lacing. Flavor has a good malty core with a hoppy but scarcely bitter overtone and whispers of cloves and fruit. Firm-bodied texture has good fizz and leaves a pleasant malty, fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bomber pours copper with a thick billowing head. Aromas of slight hops some bready malt and a touch of grain and cereal. Flavor is a touch watery and semi bitter and sour. Body is medium light and finish is slightly bitter

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (1904) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Moderate robust grain malt and little hops. Hazy orange-red color with a medium off white head. Mild sharp sweetness in the beginning with a light bitter finish. Beer was old and the hops may have faded away.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bomber. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a large creamy off white head lasting awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with caramel and raisin. Thin mouhtfeel with a rich bready malt and light dry hop with lingering light bitter finish. Easy to drink a good English pale ale from Harpoon.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
Clean amber pour, small foamy head. Light hoppy aroma. Small bite with note of oak and malt. Light and smooth finish.


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