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Old Dairy Blue Top

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Brewed by Old Dairy
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cranbrook, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask and bottle: Unfiltered.
Blue Top maintains the heritage of the famous India Pale Ales which were originally brewed in the 18th century to satisfy demand for English beer in India. In order to survive the voyage unspoilt the beer was always strong and well hopped.
Our Blue Top has a satisfying bitterness smoothly balanced with caramel flavours from the crystal malt and a hint of lemon from Styrian Golding hops.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3757) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, orangey golden colour with average to huge, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma has notes of gooseberry, some rhubarb, a touch of mirabelle, caramel malty background. Taste is dry hoppy, initially with caramel malt supported fruity sweetness, a gooseberry note, later dry, strawy, minimally chalky and mineral; bitter, almost medicinal finish. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (4397) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ DVMBBT: Small white head/some bubbles on top of a clear to cloudy orange colored beer. Aromas of butters, creamy, light malty, some marzipan, some fruits. Flavours of butter, malts, nuts, some bitters, light dry, yeast, creamy and nuts. Aftertaste is a mix of malty, herbal, light dry, light bitter... Low carbo, soft lightt creamy mouthfeel, low to medium bodied and a light oily ish texture.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansjelaah (1358) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ Van Moll Tasting. Orange clear color. Smells muf, caramel, malts. Tastes malts, caramel, muf, i was expecting more hops. Low carbo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (3980) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ Proeftafel Van Moll. Clear yellow to orange colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells sweet, malts, slightly cardboard. Tastes sweet, malty, old hops, slightly caramel, hay. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8145) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ Van Moll Tasting shared by Ansjelaah. Clear yellow color, small white to off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Smell malts, old faded hops, moderately bitter, lightly fruity. Average body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1432) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Pours a golden clear beer with a little white head. Smells caramel/honey, metal and malts. Tastes metal, honey or caramel, fruity and malts. Average carbo, thin body and a dry texture.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6208) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2014
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark copper colour with a white thick head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit and some dried fruits. Flavour of caramel, floral bitterness, grapefruit, sweet malts and mild grainy notes. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a lingering bitter, dry, citrusy finish. Carbonation is a bit too high. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7794) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
bottle from Boble Wines T.Wells. Malty with hints of honey and fruity. Spicy aromatic hops. Well-balanced beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma: hops but nor malts. Appearance: clear gold, medium head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: getting a bit bitter. Overall: says IPA yet more a golden ale, but good. Pint at Craft Beer Rising festival, London.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Hand-pulled half-pint in ’Far From The Madding Crowd’ Oxford on 23rd Nov 13. Darkish amber body with medium sized white/off-white head that tried to hang around. Fairly malty and sweet for an IPA in both the nose and taste: fruity and slightly nutty along with some hop floral notes. Easy to drink and hides the 4.8% ABV nicely within it’s flavours. My first beer from these guys, looking forward to more.


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