Brewed by Knops
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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A beer true to the traditional style of IPA but with some contemporary elements. The beer is 5% abv which enables it to be enjoyed by the pint as well as in bottle.
The malt used is Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, ideally suited for this style of beer.
The star of the show in an IPA should be the hops. Our IPA has a bitterness of 40 IBU which provides an invigorating bitterness hit and a refreshing aftertaste.
The hops used are New World hops which in general provide a more intense flavour and aroma than their European counterparts. The hops are added in three stages. The first addition is for bitterness and is added at the start of the boil, the second is for flavour and is added 5 minutes from the end of the boil and the third is added once the boil has finished and provides the hop aroma without the mouth drying effect of dry-hopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle in the garden. Streaming orange-gold, flattening white head. Highly perfumed aroma with peach, chalk and shortbread impressions. Peachy, flowery hop taste as in a certain kind of US IPA, minus the sickly, muddying Crystal malt. Clean and perfumed; some Turkish Delight and mandarin notes. A bit Deuchars. Can imagine it being sickly by the pint. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle. [thanks cgarvieuk]
Pours golden orange with a small, staying, frothy, white head. Aroma is heavy grassy, some baking yeast, light citric, doughy malts. Medium carbonation, light and mild dry palate. Flavour has sweet soughy malts, some vegetable peppery notes, earthy and grassy bitterness. Good dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by cgarvieuk ]. Clear medium yellow orange colour with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, toasted - caramel, malt extract, moderate hoppy. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110618]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10123) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011
Cask conditioned at St Vincents Bar, Edinburgh. Gold with white head. There is a medium body to this, biscuity and quite dry carrying a perfumed light hop, flowery, fresh cut grass and continuing to be dry. All perhaps a little restrained, but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
bottle courtesy of secret santa, thanks! a lil biscuity , slightly hoppy, drinks more like and english pale. especially at 5%. decent, not very emorable to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk!). Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, caramel, some wood and mild earthy notes. Flavour is fruity, caramelly, toasted and quite crisp malty. Pleasant and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2011
Bottled. Fine malty body, on the sweet side. Rather thin. Nothing to make this stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 In bottle. A straw coloured ale with a decent, lasting white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuity malt and grassy hops. Flavours of yeast, caramel. biscuity malt and oasts. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice lingering bitterness. Mild CO2 prickle. On cask at Cloisters. Dry-hopped. I prefer this version which has more hop aroma. A straw coloured ale with a decent, lasting white head. Hops and sweetness on the nose. Flavours of yeast, some caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice lingering bitterness. Dry-hopped at Cloisters, this time with Bobek. Quite bubblegummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2011
Slight hazy amber, with a thin but consistent bubbly white head. Light tropical fruit & pine on the nose. Pretty dry, toasty but slightly watery body with a balanced, herbal bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2586) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
16 May 2011, bottle. light yellow, clear, no bubbles. oatmeal malt profile w a slivhgly spicy, apricot hop aroma. thin body and fizzy. slightly woody, toasted nuts, bitter grassy hops. much more malt and no aroma hops. nice enough but still very much a british IPA.

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