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 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 (1948) - 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 (2675) - 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 (5380) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14688) - 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 (20618) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10468) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear deep golden with an off-white head. A little citrusy hop aroma blends in with some caramel in the nose. Medium body, sweet malts, fruit and caramel with the hops leaving a discreet impact also towards the end. A decent drinker. 290911

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Yellow and slightly cloudy.Poured with a small head, Some bitterness and a trace of fruitiness. Lacking in hops which made it a dissapointing experience. Perhaps those West Coast IPAís have spoilt me but this was a bit of an anti climax.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle from Vino WIne Shops, Morningside
Amber, some haze, thin frothy white head, minimal lacing
Aroma - pale sweet malts, light hay, soft grassy hops, light citrus, not very hoppy
Taste - pale sweet malts, hay malts, soft grassy hop. bit of citrus zest, not that hoppy, good balance between malt and hops though, generally subtle and easy drinking
Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish as main flavour with short light zesty linger.
Overall - I agree that it has been classified as a Golden Ale, itís not hoppy enough to be a true IPA, but itís pleasant subtle beer. I think itís rather underated here.

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