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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: 30   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (5338) - 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 (7517) - 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 (591) - 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 (3183) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (1810) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
Cask at St Albans beer festival 2013, Herts. A golden/amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Fruity, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, caramel, slight sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer4000 (4322) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
500 ml bottle. Clear, deep golden body with a decent off-white head that disappears rather fast. Aroma is light caramel malt with some general fruitiness. Flavor is quite sweet mild malt, a hint of toast, fruity and mild bitterness that becomes more obvious in the aftertaste. Medium body and moderate in aftertaste. Quite OK, but anonymous and a bit too sweet in the end.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stumblor (64) - - AUG 5, 2013
Pours dark amber with a decent head. Thick carbonation. Smell is super mellow, slight white wine, grass, and minerality, bordering on metallic. Taste is similar. Slight malt, flint, apple, ever so mellow, bit too much really, refreshing but forgettable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5110) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
500ml unfiltered brown glass bottle. Gift from Chrissie - bought in Folkestone. Beautiful condition. Long gone are the days when buying a British bottled condition beer was a game of Russian roulette. With the exception of a handful of known breweries, these days you’re going to get something as well bottled as this, which is as good as it gets. The combination of malts and hops gives this beer a hop kick that’s not too assertive. The malt is sweet and tasty, though - for my personal taste - I would have liked a little more body, depth and flavour and character from the malt. So, this is a tasty and satisfying beer, but could have done a little better for me. I can feel hints of toffee, that for me are just a little too tantalising - I would have liked that to go a little further.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2013
50cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2010, thx to Nigel!, complex brew, malty/floral and slightly bitter/sweet, yet not balanced, hazy, good head, nice brew

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1840) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2013
[cask at the Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh] Pours clear as a bell, golden amber with a large white head. Aroma is slight citrus, some biscuity malt. Flavours are pretty mild at first - so floral sweetness, some lemon, before ending with a pronounced bitterness [06042013]


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