Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned, GBBF 2005:
Flowery aroma. Some sweetness in the flavour. Finish is quite bitter and slightly harsh.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light herbal aroma with some cake-like yeast. Brilliant, clear, golden blonde with creamy, dense, fine-bubbled, white head that lasts very well and laces the glass. Herbal hop notes and a lemon citrus character in the mild clean malty flavour. Fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Cask at GBBF 2005.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
[Cask conditioned] Golden coloured. Below average. Light in aroma and flavour. Rather thin.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On handpump from The Alex in Derby.
Light yellowish brown colour.
Lightly hoppy. Fruity & refreshing. Bitter in the aftertaste
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fleeting pale malt aroma. Dry, with some bitterness towards the finish, but there’s not a lot of hop character, or much else for that matter. Maybe a touch of citrus. A basic, straightforward session beer. No glaring shortcomings, but no highlights either. It came and went without making much of an impression. Cask (gravity), Battersea Beer Festival 2005.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity cask @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Easy drinking. No outstanding features. In some ways like a less assertive summer lightning.
Ungstrup (28228) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Cask at Volunteers Arms, GBBF 2004] A yellow beer with a small head. It has no aroma and the flavor is boring malty.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at Battersea Beer Festival 2005 (Thursday). An easily found beer that Chris and I had strangely not sampled before. Golden with a fluffy head. Huge sulphuric aroma which quickly loses it’s impact and falls into the background behind some fruit and metallic aromas. Flavour is thin and barely malty, little hops and slight sweetness. Bland and boring.
maeib (8275) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Otter’s Pocket Stamford. A golden colored beer with a slight hop aroma. The taste is sweetish and acceptable but the whole experience is that the beer is really chewy and a struggle to drink. A 3.5% beer should be more mellow rather than a struggle to finish. I actually had to have a soft drink before I could move on to another beer.
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 July, 2004: Canterbury Fest. Hopback are a decent enough brewery which, apart from their excellent Entire Stout, make fairly average beers. The success and popularity of the Summer Lightening is a mystery to me. If the list of beers submitted for the CAMRA Champion Beer judging were more adventurous and knowledgable then Summer Lightening wouldn’t get a look in. Anyway - this was a cheeky sample of the GFB, but was enough to impress. Light, flowery and pleasant session bitter which pulls well for a 3.5%. Delicate yet with decent enough delicate flavours. Dry finish. [3.0]
Feb, 2005 Winchester Gate, Salisbury. Foul pub full of surly, aggressive young men who don’t wash. Ugh. The beer, however, was delightful - and was, thankfully, easy to gulp down. [3.2]