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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (1994) - 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 (4433) - 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 (5187) - 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 (5382) - 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 (1847) - 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]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2799) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2013
Cask by handpump at Stockbridge Tap, Edinburgh - clear amber brown, thin white head, fragile lacing, fruity malty aroma, apple, fruity, easy to drink

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BantamSpirit (18) - ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
Lovely looking when poured, nice head which did not disappear quickly. Rounded bitter flavor, perfect for drinking prior to supping some strong Belgian Ales, which is what I did.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle; bright, reddish amber, smooth white head; surprising chocolatey malt aroma; biscuity malt flavour, a touch of chocolatey roast malt in the taste too (I think my tastebuds weren’t working too well on this particular evening) which set it apart from your average IPA, but it has also got the requisite lasting hoppy, bitter finish; rather good - easily the best of the three Old Dairy beers tasted thus far.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (1783) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
(500ml bottle from Lee Off licence, SE London) Pours amber with a good off-white head. Aromas of mandarins, and grassy hops, caramel malts. Medium body. Taste is sweet biscuit malts, fruit and hoppy. Pretty good.


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