DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another of Octo’s ’sharing bottles’, 24/11/12. Bright gold, bright white collar. Aroma of honey and Madeira cake. Hints of sponge cake and Refreshers with a slight soapy bitterness and cornflake afters. Touches of grass and pastry. Inoffensive, well-constructed, doesn’t beg another.
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at The Kings Head, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Pale gold with white head. Ligh, sharp, relatively hoppy beer, some citrus, some orange hints. Bitterness, dry. Quite pleasant.
jfb (2517) - GERMANY - JUN 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) pours a clear golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of oranges, light gooseberries and nettles, with notes of straciatella and caramel. flavour is mostly the same, with dominant notes of herbal hops and a hint of bread crusts. medium-bodied with average carbonation.
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had the pleasure of visiting this brewery and its visitor centre in the summer of 2011: this review however is of a hand pulled pint in the excellent Cock Hotel, Wellington on 2nd Feb 2012.
Almost lager looking: pale golden, clear and bright with a thin snow white head on top.
One sniff tells you its an ale though, not a lager: waves of citrusy hop esters fill the nose along with freshly cut grass.
I thought it might taste a bit weak from its looks but I was mistaken: good flavoursome blend, hop frontage and rear with a bready malt centre.
Very easy to drink and refreshing.