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Brewed by Hepworth
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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We have collected and grown old traditional hop varieties and selected the best combination of these for their aroma, and balanced them with additional organically grown hops, in this, our first beer. Although we farm under both biodynamic and organic standards, we go much further in our quest to produce the very best hops and barley. Our micro-biology lab continuously tests the soils, adding compost and compost teas so that the biology in the soil has the right proportions of beneficial bacteria and fungi for the hops and barley to be at their best and most flavoursome. This creates the deep flavours of the beer.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow with a medium to thin white head. Very lightlyhopped, sweet wheat. Light sweetness, ample carbonation and soft wheat. Very grainy, lightly peppery on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pours a moderately cloudy, orange tinged, medium gold with a massive white head. Nose is malty, grassy, and perhaps just a faint hint of lemon. Flavor is quite different from the nose. Earthy with a nice but fairly mild hop bittering in the finish makes for a tasty beer that one could easily drink as a session. While not among the top lagers of the style, very drinkable and worth trying.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
500mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. The pour is a gorgeous, lively bright white head topping a clear pale yellow (much better than in the picture). Rings of layered lace. Nose is doughy and fresh with sweet yellow apple. Taste is candy corn, soap, and pretty bland overall. Soapiness here is a bit too much. Better than being a sugar bomb at least.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle from Waitrose. Pours a blonde colour with a thin white head. Nothing to get too excited about. Aroma of caramel and malt. A little bitter with a similar malty flavour. A little CO2 prickle. Bitter hop character reminds me of an Australian bitter, i.e. VB.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (1824) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium gold. Thin head. Mild aroma of bread and caramel. Light bodied, slightly watery with noticeable carbonation. Citrus and warming spice on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beth101 (528) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2011
gold clear colour with no head. Aroma of flowery hops. Clear and refreshing not too carbonated and not overly smooth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer (2119) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
Golden colour with a thin lace. Medium carbonation. Sweet rich malt flavour. Bitter finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leaparsons (7976) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle. Golden with a white foam. Aromas are grain with hints of pineapple and butter. Yeast with lemon. Flavours are sweet grain with some citrus. Dry with yeast on the finish. No different to many other pale lagers.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
30-Mar-11 (500-ml bottle, Batch L015: Purchased 01-Mar-11 for $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Tustin, CA)
Expecting a mild, easy drinking session lager, this beer is a real surprise, but in this case, that is not a positive thing. There’s not a lot of flavor here, but the gently grainy and bready malt has a slightly smoky flavor, and hops are exceptionally light, perhaps offering a touch of grassiness. Much more noticeable is the gentle lemony tartness and almost Brett-like flavor, but without any of the complexity or depth associated with this sort of beer and makes you wonder if this is intentional or not (I’m guessing not intentional). As a result, the beer tastes a bit like dishwater and just isn’t pleasant. The nose is mostly fruity, but it’s a tart fruitiness of grapes and peaches, with additional aromas of funk and smoked malt. Doesn’t smell at all like you’d expect, but unlike the flavor, it’s not unpleasant. Light in body and light in carbonation, but again, the gentle acidity seems out of place. When in the glass, this beer is the antithesis to most English beers, pouring fully hazy with suspended particles dancing around, but the head is nothing more than a thin wisp of off-white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Indeed a "real lager" as the bottom of the bottle is lined with yeast. Overall, not the worst beer I’ve had lately, but with the odd tart/funky character, this beer seems to have gone south and ends up being a drain-pour.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
The aroma is pretty weak but seems to have the herbal/floral type of hops with malt and a touch of paper. The appearance is slightly hazy gold with a small but foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a dry finish. The palate is right for this style. Overall I love organic products but this is only a decent lager. Sadly the case with so many organic beers.


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