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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime

Style: Amber Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Brewed for Marks & Spencer by Meantime.
Note: This is not the same beer as the Meantime Yakima Red. They are similar recipes, but are not the same. They use completely different hops and malts.

Brewed with Crystal and Caramel malts for a deep copper red colour and 5 different types of American hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State for a refreshingly balanced flavour.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3236) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29, 2013
didn’t rate this at the time as it had been merged with yakima red!
Dark ruby brown with pleasant fruity aroma, pleasing hop bitterness and some citrus notes balanced by robust sweet malt body. Very easy to drink the whole 750.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Bronze with a small head. Malty with some fruitiness. Plenty of body considering its relatively low strength. Nice slightly bitter finnish.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2013
bottle at chris0... ambrr ... yeuch musty orange nose ..poor ... really .. sweet toffee

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2013
Bold hoppiness with gassey tinged nose under a rusty body with feverent carbonation. Big lava pour on the first dust, eventually simmers in the bottle to a more mellow vibe.
Stern metallic kiss to the initial taste, vibrant all angles malt and a neat bite of skin thin hop crunch. Showy midrange with a wee zoom back to a pudding malt sweetness for the finish.
More impressive than I had thought and it would need to be, considering it is shelved alongside bottles of wine for the M&S deal. My Da informs me that these are normally gone by lunchtime any day of the week. Personally I’d prefer a thin bottle of Cabarnet.

Bottle, Christmas Present from my Da, Christmas 2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1925)
- camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a mid brown colour with a medium size white head, real fruity aroma the taste is the bitter with hops and fruit with a dry finish.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hanoi (457)
- Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Caramel on the nose witha hint of nut. Light brown without head. Thetaste was caramel and malt, touch of bread. Slightly thin mouth feel. The beer is bland, offering little to bring one back.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
750ml caged corked bottle. Deep red amber in colour, with thin residual head. Faint berry aroma. Taste is of dry bitter berries and a touch of hops. A little too thin in the body. Not one I will be running to again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3121) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate malty and lightly sweetish aroma, some caramel with light berry fruitiness, faint hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light berry fruitiness. Finish is short to average, malty and lightly sweetish with light caramel and roasted malt, light hoppyness. Nothing special - not too sweet though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to me. Pours clear copper with a fine, fleshy foam head. Faint toasty pine nose, light caramel. Light sweet flavor, further mellow caramel malts, faint bread. Light to medium bodied with high, mouth-filling carbonation. Lightly drying finish with faint orange citrus, dry and wimpy toasty caramel. Kind of bland overall, though not offensive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Leighton, 30/12/12. Lightly hazed reddish brown with a thin tan head that clears to a film. Nose is caramel malt, light grapefruit, sugars, background hops. Taste follows, caramel malt at the fore, touch of pine, bitter tropical fruit notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, some bitterness in the dryish finish. Decent.


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