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Marstonís / Ishii Minagof Pale Ale (UK)

Formerly brewed at Marstonís
Style: Bitter
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 Marstonís 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13390) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Pint at The Counting House (íspoons) in Glasgow. Slightly hazy orange amber body, with a white head. Grassy aroma, floral and citrus flavour with pleasant nutty depth. Slightly sticky palate. Donít know if I would fancy a session, but a perfectly acceptable refresher. Went well with fish chips and mushy peas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1156) - SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2012
Nice copper coloured brew, white head lasts well. Smooth and malty, less hoppy than I expected, but a good satisfying brew! Spoons beer festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 24 Oct 2012. Poured a clear copper, with a dense white head. Aroma of floral hops, lemongrass and cereal. Light grassy flavour, with some tropical fruit and grain. Finish was resin, pine and biscuit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6072) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask, gravity dispensed, at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading. Pale amber with a ring of translucent head; floral aroma; delicate floral flavour, with a gentle grassy bitterness; and some sweetness towards the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (7051) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2012
Caramel brown colour with a creamy off white head. Caramel malt and light hoppy aroma. Medium body and a creamy texture. Light tropical fruity flavour, light hoppy and a fine caramel malt background.
[On handpull at The Turnhouse at Edinburgh airport, Scotland]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask at JDW in Kingston. Nice balanced, surprisingly dry hops, a little peppery with some nut in the finish. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 01/11/12 An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. Full of Burton snatch in nose with nowt else. Itís in the mouth too but itís joined there by a pleasant fruity hoppiness. Some real sweet fruitiness in this which is pretty characterful and tasty. I quite liked this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Cooper in colour, with a slight, off-white head. Malty and yeasty bitter with some redeeming citrus fruit sweetness and decent, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17352) - 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

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