JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at dba. Very pale straw colour with a sticky white head. Aroma is quite spicy with lots of fresh goldings aroma. Light lemon/orange citrus as well. Spicy/pithy UK hoppiness with a light cattiness to it as well. Flavour is of fresh crackery pale malts and a soft minerally bitterness. Light spicy finish. Sort of a bitter/golden ale hybrid. Nice to see these real cask ales on this side of the pond though.
Svesse (6045) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at Bree Louise, Euston, London, 1 Dec 2007) Golden yellow colour with big, frothy, white head. Fruity, floral nose with lemon and fresh, grassy hops . Fruity taste with notes of citrus (lemon) and decent amounts of grassy, citrussy hops in the finish. Fairly light body, but with a nice citrussy, hop character.
Christian (11029) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow with a small but lasting white head. Lemon and peach aroma with a hint of pine. Semi-sweet and fruity flavour with a hoppy finish.
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dull golden coloured ale with a small, but lasting white film. Quite grassy, sharp and pointy hoppy nose with a sandy, almost earthy and hugely leafy aromatic profile. Those same hops gives a clashing bitterness on the tongue and the palate is very dry. Long astringent finish. Malts are quite overtaken, simply felt through their soft breadiness and touch of biscuitiness. Perhaps a bit too rough, but the English themselves dig it and I’m a North American, so I might as well join the boat and savour the difference that this ale offers in a wave of a few hundred similar bitters and golden ales over a month. Still, I think I prefer their JHB.
FatPhil (9182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Rating is maximum of the two, one was tired, the other was as the brewer intended it.
Cask (Charters, Peterborough)
Slightly watery. Pleasant bitterness and malt, but nothing special. (5:2:6:3:12=2.8)
Rerate: (Kuikka, Helsinki) (7:3-:7-:4:13=3.4--)
Very pale yellow, healthy tight head. Served cold. Beautifully sweet fruity aromatic hops on the nose, and a touch of ginger too. Aroma mirrored in the taste - a simple malty base with a decent crisp and fruity bitter zing. Finish continues with the bitterness - quite a tingly finish. Good golden ale, but still just a golden ale.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Pale gold, smallish white head. Overripe grapefruit aroma, cinnamon, peach, a nice touch of sour. Clean spicy apricot bitterness, toast. Refreshing, well made beer.
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear golden color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, flowers, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask@GBBF2007. Pale golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is nectar, wood and some sweet malts. Flavour is malts, hops and grass. Also slightly creamy notes. Nicely balanced brew.
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again a very drinkable and fruity summery ale from Oakham. Citrus striking hopsand great bitter finish. Very good
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, GBBF 2007. Clear straw, thin white head. Zesty hop, lots of citrus. Sweet malty mouth and some summer berry. Finishes bittersweet. Good.