AshtonMcCobb (3286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Tanner’s, Shrewsbury. Pours cloudy, amber to orange in colour with a nice head. The nose is of chocolate biscuits with grapes. The taste is of biscuits and apples. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a tangy finish. Overall a solid bitter.
joe19612 (1985) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow colour with a good sized white head, plenty of citrus fruits in the aroma, the taste is all citrus with a hint of grapefruit, with a crisp dry finish.
DruncanVeasey (7349) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear bottle from Nuneaton Asda. Brilliant gold beneath a fluffy, undulating white foam. Decent, hands-that-do-dishes aroma with soap, lime and an underlying oatmeal note. Refreshing limey hop on the palate finished with an oatmeal creaminess. A bit throwaway but pleasant.
BlackHaddock (4391) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear 500ml bottle, best before 25 Oct 2010, drank as my first beer on returning from Las Vegas (I needed a simple English beer to wind down with) 15 May 2010.
Poured into my new Abbot Ale glass mug. Classed by the brewery as a ’Vibrant Blonde Ale’, I’ve slotted it into the English Pale Ale.
Light blonde body with a large white head which soon fell away to a wisp and collar, looked fine, it would have been a bright golden blonde if the sun had been out.
Wheat and hints of honey and summer gardens make up the aromas, pleasant more than powerful or pronounced.
Refreshingly dry from the first sip, crisp and sharp. A citrus semi-sour aftertaste (pink grapefruit?) with a hop bitterness that overturns the floral/honey thoughts which the smell indicates towards.
An ideal beer to bring me back to earth after all those American over hopped/over priced/over cooled beers I’ve had over the last two weeks. The 3.6% ABV didn’t take anything away from this well crafted ale, impressed.
Bov (9969) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from le Mondial de la Bière 2011, Strasbourg - hazy pale golden beer with a poor head retention; honeyish and citrusy hoppy nose; gentle malt body and a subtle bitterness; some sharp tartness and quite dry; bitter and dry citrusy and honeyish aftertaste
downender (6580) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 5/09/2011. Deep gold with a decent white head. Aroma of sweetish biscuit malts and grassy hops. Easy drinking, with some solid malts, touch of fruit and decent, bitter finish. An easy quaffer.
Gethinbeer (2231) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden colour with a thin head and lace. Honey hop with a citrus flavour.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twisted Spire #5 - series 1 bottle. Very lovely pale straw pour with a light white head. The aroma is quite floral with a bit of grassy zestiness. Fresh and quite zesty. Lots of minerally hop flavour. A bit of soft peppery fruit and a touch of light zesty lemon. Nice and tasty.
Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Mondial de la bière 2011. Very pale straw with a light veil. Thin foamy white head with good retention. Aroma is grainy and herbal with some floral hops, a hint of spices and a tiny bit of corn. Flavor is grainy and fruity with green apples, pear and a hint of lemon. Moderately bitter finish. very refreshing. Light body with fizzy carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. Well made.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On cask at Great British Beer Festival, day 3 on 6 August 2009. After a couple of more zippy, hoppy golden ales we’re back to the more unremarkable stuff. Gold, dry and clean with a smattering of grassy hops (not enough of them in my book). OK but run of the mill.