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


on tap


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2010
cask at guilford ... amber ... bubbly white head ...light fruit soft hop nose ... soft toffee malt with bitter soapy finish ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 2nd September 2007. On tap. Light palate. Some fruit from the hops but it’s not bitter. A semi dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2008
Bottled at Monks Cafe, Stockholm. POurs out in aclear amber colour with a dense lasting white foam. Dense aroma of cookies and fishfood with notes of oranges and fudge. Medium-bodied with notes of oranges, and apricots with strong notes of crackers, white bread, roatsed nuts and earth .Dryish medium-bitter finish with notes of white bread, cookies and nuts. Not aromatic at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2008
Cask gravity @ Reading Beer Festival 2008.
Clear medium orange color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (030508)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 <i>A Mes rate: Gravicask at Reading Beer Festival.</i>
Attractive bright gold with a thin white rim. Peachy hops with a delicate sweetness. Bland and boring but completely inoffensive. (6/3/6/3/12)

Dark gold with no head but decent condition, work that one out. A really well balanced brew. Malt and hops are both clear but neither arguing for top spot. Some faint tobacco and some decent citric notes too. Very drinkable. Nice dusty bitter finish with a good dry feel. Decent stuff and much better than when we had it at Reading.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2008
Bottle.Amber with a large head,aroma is citric with some toffee,taste is light malt and hoppy some sour with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Hazy gold with a white foam. Aromas are herbal with bitter lemon. Yeast with soft hops. Flavours are spiced oranges with dry peppery hops. Bitter and dry on the finish with a woody aftertaste. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Pours golden with white head. THe aroma has some has some hop aroma. The flavor is just bland. There is a very slight bitterness at the end but a bit of a disapointment overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13379) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2007
Cask conditioned at The Waggon & Horses, Tipton, W.Midlands. Gold with white head. Looks like I was fortunate to have the cask version, smooth, big flavoured bitter for the ABV, dry and hoppy with a fragrant tang to it. Long tasty finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johndoughty (4996) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2002
Some bottle condtioned beers are as good as their cask conditioned version.Unfortunately this is not one of them. An acid taste overpowers the whole beer so it is hard to say what other tastes it really has to offer. If you are patient enough you eventually reach a suttle bitter taste which gives you an idea of what it would be like in draught form.Perhaps I was unlucky but on this tasting this not one I would recommend.

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