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Houston Crystal

Brewed by Houston
Style: Bitter
Johnstone, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Status uncertain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2015
500ml bottle poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 22nd June 2015. Hazy golden body with a full, deep and lasting off-white foam blanket for a head. The aroma was both fruity and biscuit: anyone like Garibaldi biscuits, but sweeter and not just currents. The taste is also a sweet blend with the malts winning the flavour stakes throughout the brew. Tasty and robust in nature the body feel is just right and suits the alcohol level nicely. A very pleasant early evening pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 16, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, toffee, lemon, taste is sweet, fruity, ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Cask at The Standing Order. Pours hazy gold, thin to no head. Light aromas of caramel. Little else. Taste is watery. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gowdy (916) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Cask at The Crystal Palace (JDW) in Glasgow. Light brown. Not too much head. Medium consistency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at Berts bar Appearance -amber with a nice haze. No head for some reason. Nose - malt and apples slightly sour grape. Taste - more apples and grapes wirh nslt background. Palate - light to medium bodied with a similar texture. The finish is fairly refreshing. Overall - had a lot better from Houston.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (14337) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared on the train from Inverness to Plockton, from Tomlinsons, 19/10/13. Very lightly hazed golden with a moderate off white covering that retains well. Nose is toasted malts, orange, grass, citric tang. Taste comprises pale malts, cereal, light citrus, summer fruits, orange sherbet. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with a little bitterness. A whelming affair, didn’t have this down as a bitter, more Golden Blond for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (1126) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle from Aldi a hazy orange beer sweet pale malts carmel and orange taste light bitterness on the finish but generally very nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jd543 (425) - SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Golden with a medium white head. Aroma of cereals, toffee, malt. Sweet taste. Oily texture, light carbonation. A bit too cornflakey and a bit bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2579) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 14, 2013
Cask @ Standing Order, Edinburgh [070913]
Blonde, hazy, thin white head
Aroma - almost nothing on the nose
Taste - soft fruits, sweet pale malts background, apricot
Palate - Medium body, fairly oily, sweet sourish palate, rather dry
Overall - Not great...prob needs a re-rate as condition suspect

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
larsga (6929) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Clear amber body. Floral orangey aroma with resiny notes. Dry-sweet-acidic earthy vinegary taste with strawy notes. Light body. Mild mouthfeel. Dry-acidic wooden orangey aftertaste. Yuk. Lightly infected. (0.5l bottle, from Clarke’s, Whitby. Batch #2992.)

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