BlackHaddock (3760) - 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 (9492) - 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 (6275) - 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 (2154) - 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 (8411) - 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 (1066) - 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 (7352) - 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.
maeib (8714) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A blonde beer with a white head and lacing. Some grassy hops in the thin aroma. Tastes a bit sweet and shandyish at first but then some definite orangey hops kick in. A reasonable enough beer.
tommann (2714) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours a very pale yellow with a large frothy head. Aroma is hoppy, very spicy, grass and some citrus. Taste is much the same, grass to start with a spicy finish then more grassy hops on the aftertaste. Nice level of carbonation.
Fin (7408) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, handpump at The Firefly Bar, Lowesmoor, Worcester, 15-05-10 Pours gold with a soft white head. Some vanilla and then a light woodiness or even straw flavour ripples through with a curly bitterness to finish. Really liked this. A7 A4 F7 P4 Ov14 3.6