DIBBLE (44) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine lasting frothy white head caps this slightly reddish amber ale. Clarity murked only by some sediment in the last few bottle drops. Hopefully this won’t spoil the fun. Citrus aroma and flavour with a zesty bite. Malt is under played and the lack of sweetness makes this appropriately a showcase for American hopping. Good carbonation kept this light and lively on the tongue. Long dry finish blends malt and citrus fruit with each breath cycle.
99smithsamuel (34) - - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Thirty Nine Steps Alehouse, Broadstairs, Kent. Poured clear and golden with a half inch white, bubbling head. Foamy lacing remained throughout consumption. Aroma was citrus fruit. Taste is malty, toffee, vanilla, biscuity and hoppy. Bitter finish on the palate. Very pleasant.
FatPhil (9905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
Absolutely not an APA. US hops were used in English beers for centuries (we even changed our import tax laws to protext the home hop industry), use of US hops does not an APA make. Lovely soft black tea malty aroma, classic British bitter. Underconditioned, still frothing the tight bubbles too much, but not too too young. Head looked great after settling, tight and spongy. Nice sweetish bready malts in the body, wholemeal bread, with darkened crusts. Odd liver component in the finish, presume some iron in the water. Palate soft, carbonation low, spot on for an english bitter. Finish pleasantly hopped, bitter components dominate, some pepperiness, but there’s some fruitiness too. This is a nice english bitter, calling it APA is either ignorance of history or whoring. Don’t do either, please.
jjsint (1134) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Hog and Partridge, St Neots. Mid-gold, clear, with a quickly dissipating head. Slight peach/pine aroma. Hard to get much of the bouquet. Sweet malty/woody taste. Slight finish. Light body. Aftertaste throws some bitter acidity at me. Not an APA by any stretch of the imagination, and hardly even a decent basic bitter.
hohops (434) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear, golden, a foamy white head. Aroma of pine, hoppy, fruity. Taste- citrus hints, some caramel. Fruity backbone, crisp finish. Nice.
TBone (13360) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Old Bank, Turku. Amber color, good off-white head. Aroma is grassy, citrusy hoppy but not very impressive. Medium-bodied. Fruity front, American citrus hoppy with typical UK cask toffee maltyness.
jookos (3078) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@blackdoor. Copper. Green citrus, some pine, light caramels on nose. Nice bodied, soft bitters, some astringency. Green citrus, pines. Sort of ok. Liked the last one a lot better tho.
Mr_Pink_152 (1438) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of my 2013 backlog, and tried at the three stags Bebbington. Golden colour with small white head. aroma has citrus marmalade. the flavour, bitter, hoppy, more citrus fruit.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ GBBF 2014. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy finish.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured a mid golden, with a light haze and dense white head. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus and cake. Grapes and melon in the flavour, with some bread. Finish was chalky, with straw and citrus rind.