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J.W. Lees Hopping Mad

J.W. Lees Hopping Mad
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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Mild Ale
Middleton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Cask, Seasonal, Spring;
This new seasonal ale is dark brown in colour, with a tempting liquorice aroma which leads to a hoppy flavour and roasted finish – guaranteed to put a spring in your step. Hops used: Fuggles, Styrian

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Imaena (2193) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAY 14, 2013
Draught @ pub on royal mile in Edinburgh. I was not impressed with this. Give it a miss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in May 2009. CAsk, handpump dispense. Clear dark garnet red in colour with a thick buff head. Dry roasted grain note in the short nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a maltloaf base with roast malt dry in the mouth. Sweet brown sugar and a touch of liquorice evident. Sharp spicy flavours from the hop resins compliment the malt well in the aftertaste. Finish is dry with raisin fruit notes and oak cask. An ok session mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
21st April 2009
Clear dark brown beer. Complex and dry. A little toffee and some fruity sweetness. Tasty but that palate is too dry!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Cask (handpump) at the Montagu Pyke (JDW), Charing Cross Road, April 2009. Quite dark ruby colour. Lasting tan head. Slightly sharp, fruity aroma. Some green apple. Unusual flavour - more sweet and sour fruit character. Finishes a touch sweet. Guess it is an Easter special rather than a hoppy beer. More like a mild than anything else, albeit a distinctly fruity one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2009
Cask Handpump at the Bankers Draft JDW, Sheffield 18/04/2009 Fruity aroma. Small white head. Dark red coloured a little hoppy and fruity with a slight bitterness and roast in a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask handpull at the New Crown.
I was not expecting this to be mahogany at all given the name. A glorious smelling brew. Immensely grassy hops balanced really well with some lovely earthy malt. The flavour is very similar to the nose but nothing like as good. Sweetish caramel malt finish. Great aroma, dull elsewhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ Regent Bar, 2 Montrose Ter, Edinburgh EH7 5DL, Scotland.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, toffee, moderate hoppy, licorice notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090409]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9843) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2009
Cask, Highcross, Leicester. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are light roast malts with gentle peppery hops. Flavours are coffee and light roast malts with soda water. Spritzy with some metal and nutty notes. An OK mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Bell, Banbury. Dark brown, red with cream head. One of those beers you start liking because the aroma is good, floral, fruity, it looks the part, but into the beer the cloyiing sweetness starts to get to you. There is a hopiness and a touch of roast, but before halfway down the pint you know you are going to struggle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2009
Cask at Secklow Hundred, Milton Keynes (JDW) in ’Spoons Real Ale Festival, April ’09. Dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma was an oddly metallic sweetness. I see it’s supposed to be liquorice. Well, sort of. Taste was ashy and grainy. A bit too fizzy. Slight dryness. This was all right.

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