Brewed by Knops
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
North Berwick, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmazingBruce (3) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013 does not count
This makes a pleasant session beer which leaves me wanting more. Which is a pleasant change. Its not heavily hopped but has a nice grapefruity edge to it but not long lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (2036) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle. Gold orange with a nice head. Malty citrus aroma. Some sweetness. Not Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4133) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours a golden orange colour with not much bubbles but a generous head. The nose has pine and a faint note of grapefruit. The taste has a good sweet malt base and then oranges followed by the bitter pine finish. The palate has a medium body, a good creamy texture and a clean but not too astringent finish. A very well balanced IPA which could lead to several more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6053) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
Cask (SRAF 2013) - Golden in colour. Lemon, pine and tea in the aroma. Hoppy and bitter taste with notes of grapefruit, lemon, tea and a hint of honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoestring (315) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Cask at Ship Inn North Berwick. Creamy with head that lasts and laces al down glass. Had three pints. It does have quiite a strong lemony grapefruit finish. I agree with comment that likens it to a stronger Deuchars. Both in strength and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
500ml bottle poured into an Old Speckled Hen badged pint vase at home on 16th Feb 2015. Extremely lively pour with a huge white foaming head that filled the glass before I had a chance to stop pouring. It settled down OK and a pale golden body began to appear as the bubbles calmed and popped. Good hoppy nose with a hint of the bitterness to come: which it does by the bucket load in the taste. Really hop bitter in every corner, but in a good way. I really enjoyed this: during a random Monday tasting session with myself and Bertie, the dog!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (5288) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers52.com. Bright amber with a thin white head; tropical fruit aroma; thick, oily body with a good dosing of hops, giving a spicy bitterness and a lasting clean finish. A pleasant IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18090) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Golden amber ... thin creamy white head ... sweet fruity juicy hop... little pine ... little citrus nose ... medium oily body ... light soft fruity toffee malt back bone ... sweet juicy light hop ... little floral ... very nice but not as hoppy as i would have hoped 3.9

bottle at home ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet toffee malt ... citrus hop nose ... little fizzy ... sweet toffee front ... juicy citrus hop ... an odd something as well that icant place... ok but i prefer the cask 3.5 cask dry hop ... golden amber ... soft sweet hop nose ... juicy sweet hop front ... light citrus ... light grassyness ... soft malt backbone ... light dry linger 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23182) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (322) - SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Pours golden, maybe a little pale for an IPA? Strong grapefruit aroma, taste is citrus with a slight chalky taste. Decent but nothing special

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