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Marstons / Ishii Minagof Pale Ale (UK)

 (RETIRED)
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32
style
Formerly brewed at Marstons
Style: Bitter
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Special - JDW Autumn Festival 2012
Toshi Ishii is probably our most popular visiting international brewer, originally from Japan and now based in Guam. This is his fourth visit to brew for us since 2008, this time returning to Marston’s Brewery, in Staffordshire, to collaborate on a version of his fl agship ale. This beer is copper in colour, with a moderate maltiness and residual sweetness, counterbalanced by the citrus and fl oral character of the hops. Hops used: Ahtanum, Warrior


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (35101) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
From cask at Turnhouse. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white and creamy head. Aroma is light toasted and fruity. Citric, tart and bone dry. Light toasted malt. Bitter and dry finish, towards citric.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
24th October 2012
Crosse Keys Spoons. Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate with mild carbonation. Grainy malt with weird tang. Whisper of sulphur. Semi dry finish. Very disappointing.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
cgarvieuk (17323) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2012
cask at Sorder ... copper ... small off white head ... medicinal must bitter hop nose ...much the same... very herbal and bitter ... no i really dont ike this

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask handpull at County Hotel Spoons Ashford. Clear mid brown colour thick head. Must be quite fresh as wasnt on 24 hours ago. Yeasty aroma. If you told me this was a regular Marstons bitter I would agree. Burton snatch upfront. With some sweet malt. I mean its a competent midlands bitter. Decnt condition. Drinkable if you like a burton snatch. About average. It just goes to prove the adage that all beers are pale ales. Some bitterness on finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (14013) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours bright, clear gold with a foamy white head. Pale and bready malts, pretty dry, some dough. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Odd notes here. Yeah, some odd stuff going on. So so overall.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (12737) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
Cask at the Rupert Brooke (JDW), Rugby - 31/10/12. Clear amber with a bubbly off white head. Good lacing. Light malts on the nose, barley, not a lot doing! Tastes of light caramel, touch of hops, light toffee notes, some fruits. Lightish bodied with soft carbonation, a little thin. Boring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11393) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2012
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber with white head. Sweetish, malty beer with a slug of toffee flavour, but this was in a good way, sharp fruitiness, greengage, treacle, late dryness. Very decent.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (9356) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Shared with Finn at The Knights Templar. A festival real ale from cask that pours a copper coloured body with a slight haze. A few bubbles to the rim of the glass. Modest aroma of grass and hay. Fruity taste with malty sweetness beneath. Bittersweet endnotes. Average (London, 01.11.2012).

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scopey (9040) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask at Willow Walk, London. It pours clear amber, with a small off-white head. The nose is rather sweet, over-ripe fruit, wood and some light floral notes. The taste is dry, leathery, wood, nut, touch of underlying sweetness, tanginess, red apple skin, faint cider vinegar, astringency and spice, with a very dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Unbalanced. Challenging to drink to be honest.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask, Golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are biscuit with toffee and hints of raisins. Toasted with some lemon and medicinal notes. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel with plummy fruit and a strong Marstons character. It’s OK.


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