Karol (719) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottled. Bought today at Marks & Spencer. Very tasty! Nice citrus aroma and taste. Refreshing. Easy to drink. A nice bitter finish. A great sumer ale! Anytime again!
RichardW (1764) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
M&S are using some excellent brewers for their bottled range. This is a gorgeous lemon citrusy beer with a fine biscuit background. Grassy, fresh and with a great bitter zing on the tongue. Veers towards a good quality Czech lager at times. Really enjoyed this.
thmsboyd (120) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle BBE: 09.15. Well-chilled. Pours a clear golden body with a medium, tight, creamy white head. Zesty nose predominantly of lemon with a little pine. A medium, slightly floral sweetness is followed up by a medium bitterness. Nicely-balanced and crisp. Light-medium bodied with a smooth texture, medium-low carbonation and a lasting finish. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a staple beer done very well.
GoufCustom (1105) - HONG KONG - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle bought at M&S in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Looks: Translucent light golden honey colour; One-and-a-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and fairly fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant Ale malt, with strong orange, grapefruit, strong floral, toffee, cinnamon, honey, biscuits, yeast, lemon and sharp grass.
Taste: Mid to light sweet light Ale malt, with moderate tartness, light orange, light grapefruits, very light caramel, molasses, yeast, light spices, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Mid to light. Fairly slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Good Ale malt base with fairly strong wheaty tartness. Orange and citrusy hops dominates, any sweetness is offset by Challenger’s lemony bitterness. Expressive and colourful throughout. Great!
Hoppiness Orange, grapefruit, strong floral, toffee, cinnamon, honey, lemon and sharp grass; in nose. Orange, grapefruit, spices, strong lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is head strong for a lasting, strong astringent grassy finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Citrusy and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one is expressive, with Challenger hops in abundance for some very nice orangy aroma and impressive bitter taste. No kitchen sink being thrown in as Mount Hood seems to take a back seat, but bold and expressive nevertheless. An excellent Golden Ale!
omikr0n (807) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with thin white head. Aroma is grassy and spicy hops and a bit of malt. Flavor is bitter, quite similar to the aroma. Quite light, but very refreshing with nice biterness. Very enjoyable.
omhper (21410) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, from M&S, Woking. Almost clear golden, small head. Aroma of custard, apricot and mango. Mid sweet with light-medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Elegant citrusy hops, mild soothing malt. Mid bitter finish.
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle. Another cracking Oakham beer. Very pale with lip smacking hops. Decent.
Borresteijn (5466) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl Bottle from M&S A’dam. Clear pale golden colour, thin white head. Aroma of floral hops, almost soapy, like lavender or rosemary, honey, some sweet malts and sweet lemon. Flavour is much the same, nice floral hoppiness, soft sweet honey, subtle bitter finish. Light-bodied. Nice.
Garrold (2688) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, straw colour. Thin, lasting, white head. Lemon zest. Tinned pear. Something like vanilla. Taste is dry and light bitter. Fresh palate. Soft carbonation. Long, light bitter finish. Easy drinking.
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 50cl from M&S Amsterdam. Clear pale golden, two finger frothy white head, recedes quickly to a thick layer, fair lacing; aroma sweet malty, honey, floral, grass, citrus, bit soapy; taste moderate sweet, light bitter; light body, oily to watery texture, soft carbonation; finish is dry hoppy bitter, bit citrus, bit herbal. Nice one.