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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.


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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8601) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2200) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Poured an absolutely gorgeous deep amber colour with a firm head that left nice lacing. Maybe a tad hoppier then I expceted due to the IBU listed on the bottle, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rjplumer (398) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Mild spice aroma. The Sladek hops indeed add a nice crisp taste. Balanced nicely in is neither too bitter or sweet but has both.Clean finish with a subdued sweet finish. Deep clear rich brown color with a minimal head.Certainly one to be savored not swilled. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4386) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best By: 12/15/11.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber-brown body, great clarity, and capped by a tall, frothy, beige head. Head settles but sustains.

Smell: Biscuits and coarsely cracked barley grains with a faint, background hint of something sweet. Lightly fruity. Grassy, herbaceous scent of over-brewed black tea leaves.

Taste: A nice commingling of bready, toasty, biscuity malts with a thin glaze of caramelized table sugar sweetness. Low fruitiness around mid-palate. Herbal, zesty hop character, a bit earthy and tea-like, and delivering a sufficient bitterness to keep it hop-forward, though not particularly bitter. Grows more grassy as you go along. Smooth finish, still fairly black tea-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Modestly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A pleasing, fairly well-balance ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours a copper color with a large pillowly head. Notes of apricots, sunflower seeds and clover. A bit astringent but over all very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3339) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (446) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
On tap at the blind tiger. Reminds me of a maltose version of pilsner urquell. Delicious sessionable beer. Bitter hop citrus tang in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1327) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2011
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but the 100 barrel series is usually quite good in general. This one is a deep copper colored ale. Good head and carbonation. Light hoppy aromas. Flavor is surprisingly complex: some good roasty sweet malts with some grassy hop notes. Light, lingering bitterness. Tasty and very drinkable.


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