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Humpty Dumpty Swallow Tail

Brewed by Humpty Dumpty
Style: Bitter
Norwich, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular also Bottle Conditioned. Relaunched in April 2007, Swallowtail is a light and refreshing summer seasonal with a balanced bitter finish. It is named after the magnificent butterfly found mainly in the Norfolk Broads and a few other wetland sites in Britain. You’ll find Swallowtail at fine pubs throughout East Anglia all summer long!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SamTaylor (13) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle from local shop. Pours clear yellow colour, small white head. Odd grainy and yeasty aroma, slightly funky. Oily mouthfeel with maltiness, obvious diacetyl and medium hop bitterness. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5308) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2014
Clear yellow colour. Not much aroma to speak of but the flavour is deep, hoppy and complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6235) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Another bottle conditioned beer I managed to grab at a party on 7th June 2014: this bottle had a BBD of Jan 15. Light amber with a small white (ish) head. More malts in the nose than hops, same in the taste. I have struggled in the past with this breweries beers and this didn’t help their cause too greatly either. Not a lot going on really, some caramel notes for sweetness and hints of floral hops in the brew but it lacked oomph and a defining character to get into.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (17431) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from Alesbymail. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 080414

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (16671) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Cask at the Merchants Inn, Rugby, 12/03/14. Clear golden with a thin off white head. Nose is toasted malt, straw, light citric fruit, bready waftings. Taste comprises bready tones, lemon rind, faint orange, hint of vanilla, toasty, straw. Medium bodied, moderate carbonationa, drying close. So so affair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Handpull at The George (Strand). Clear light amber with a smallish but long-lasting off-white frothy/creamy head. Aroma and taste - sweet grainy diacetyl, I’m afraid - decent pungent floral bitterness underneath but the butter/paper harshness doesn’t go away. Average and slightly chewy body with mild carbonation and a longish somewhat harsh finish. Pass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25224) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Cask@The Cottage, Norwich. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, some earthyness, nuts and mild herbal notes. Flavour is caramel, bread, some floral and herbal notes. Mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1939) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2012
Cask - The Cottage, Norwich. Poured with a small, tight, lacy & lasting white head atop a clear, bright golden coloured body. Floral, light to mid fruits, delicate citrus and yeast aromas. Pale malts, caramel, citrus and yeast on the tongue. Light to medium body, soft mouthfeel finishing with a short citrus & grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MickG (11) - - MAR 13, 2012
On cask at the excellent Take 5. Light bitter, very smooth and creamy with tight white head. Quite sweet in the taste, fruit overtones. Overall a very acceptable pint

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 7, 2011
On cask at The Bow Bar. A dark golden ale with a lacy white head. Aroma of caramel, Weetabix, malt and sweet candy sugar. Quite malty flavours with puffed wheat and caramel notes. Light carbonation and CO2 prickle. Oily mouth-feel and a musty linger.

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