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Marks & Spencer Cornish IPA

Marks & Spencer
Brewed at St. Austell

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Paddington, England


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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle Conditioned, Regular;
The 5% ABV bottle conditioned is brewed using Cornish spring water and locally-grown barley to produce a premium IPA, with a refreshing, full flavour that makes it an ideal summer drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3740) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear golden pour, white head. Aroma of citrus hops, slightly floral, some faint saison yeasty, flowery and a hint of spices. Flavor is slightly bitter, subtle and clean. Nice and drinkable, but not entirely an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (995) - HONG KONG - FEB 27, 2015

500ml bottle bought at Mark & Spencer in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Cloudy hazy dull amber honey colour with thin layer of yeast sediments; Two finger head and crumpety white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent good sticky lacing with active carbonation; Fragrant aroma of Ale malt, with fairly strong citrus, grapefruit, floral, strong molasses, honey, light pine, yeast, bread and strong grass; Close to light sweet taste of Ale malt, with metallic, strong grapefruit peels and flesh, molasses notes, pine, light resin, earth, very light biscuits, strong lemon, strong beer hops and strong grass; Medium body. Slick and slightly oozy palate; Mouth feel is very hoppy right off the bat, with strong but pleasant bitter hop taste closely followed by zesty grapefruit and lemon. Maltyless is fairly good despite a rather thick body. Okay sweetness, Light pine, good resin and earthy to the tongue. Very good!... Hoppiness is strong grapefruit zest, lemon, light pine, resin, light earth and strong grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is strong for a lasting high-astringent grassy finish; Quite dry after taste. Very bitter and citrusy to mouth.

Comments: This can be easily classified as an IPA with such strong citrusy and resiny hop aroma and flavor. Doesn’t matter, as an English Blond, this is very bold with right on target mid-maltyness and nice deep gold colour, and American hoppy-grassy to the core. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1850) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from M&S. Pours golden with a white head. Quite a nice fruity aroma. There some nice tropical and citrus flavours going on with this one along with a touch of spice. Refreshing and good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (1910) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Steady carbonation. No lacing. Aroma of earth, grass and musty citrus. Flavour of flat lemonade, lime and straw. Thin body with an oily texture. Light fizz. Is this really bottle conditioned? It’s thin and poured as clear as a bell. All in all, it’s a fairly bland Golden Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarcoDL (2645) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour, small British head. Deint aroma of malt and some aroma hop. Taste is a bit hoppy, with notes of citra and apple. Bit thin and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2797) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from M&S, Birmingham New Street. Golden beer with small head. Aroma is tropical fruit, malts and a touch of tangerine. Taste is a little floral hop, mild tropical fruits and a hint if pine resin. Understated. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1244) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
500 mL bottle into a pint glass. Lightly cloudy golden, gassy. Pleasant light floral aroma. Dry, with golden syrup notes, tastes. Gets a bit plain towards the end of the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HerrBierkoenig (477) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: 03/2015. Pours almost clera golden iquid with small particles, medium white frothy head, fell down quickly, Aroma: floral, light sweet, light fruity (apricot?), Taste: light sweet, light to medium bitter, light sour, flowers, elderflower, sweetish, Palate: light to medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, medium long bitter finish. Overall: very mediocre drink, dull and uninteresting with quite high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SzopPiwosz (183) - - SEP 12, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Kwiatowo-owocowy z nutką słodowości. Piana: Biała, drobno- i średniopęcherzykowa. Obfita, lecz średniotrwała, trochę oblepia szkło. Następnie redukuje się do warstwy ok. 5 mm. Kolor: Złote opalizujące. Zapach: Owocowo-kwiatowy. Gruszka, czerwone jabłko, świeże kwiaty. Pod tym słodowość. Następnie aromat kwiatowy ustępuje na rzecz żywicznego. Obecna delikatna nuta fenolowa - przyprawowa. Smak: Dość wytrawne, odrobinę kwaskowe. Sporo owocowości z zieloną, żywiczną nutą. Pojawia się posmak przypominający metaliczność, ale test skórny jest ujemny. Tekstura: Lekkie ciało, minimalny osad na zębach i delikatne ściąganie. Bardzo orzeźwiające. Nasycenie: Wysokie, nieco drażniące. Goryczka: Średnio-wysoka. Pijalność: Średnio-wysoka. Piwo warte spróbowania. Ta butelka nie smakowała mi tak bardzo, jak tamta zakupiona w Londynie. Być może chodzi o świeżość? Pomimo chmielenia amerykańskimi chmielami, w mojej opinii oddano angielskiego ducha piwa. Chmielowość jest wyraźna, lecz nieprzesadzona. Drażni trochę wysokie wysycenie, piwo jest też nieco zbyt jasne (w kolorze, ale chodzi tu też o spektrum smaków słodowych). Duży potencjał orzeźwienia z dominacją chmielu bez krzykliwości.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (1344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2014
0,5L bottle, BB 03.2015. Pours hazy golden with white head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, fruits, pears, apples. Flavor is sweet & sour, fruits, apples, malt, and some caramel. Finish is dry nutty bitter. Palate is surprisingly well balanced. Overall: nice brew.

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