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


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5408) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
On cask at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - golden amber with a decent head. Nose - earthy with biscuits and honey while still having a bitter citrus thing in there. Taste - bitter biscuits and earthiness. Some tang in there too. Palate - medium bodied with a dry crunchy texture and a finish that is bitter but not clean. Overall - lots of things going on but Im not sure it all works together. Interesting though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (17265) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twicers Green, 12/09/14. Clear golden copper with a moderate off white covering. Nose is caramel, biscuit malt, candied fruit peel, nutty twang. Taste comprises bitter fruits, trace of vanilla, candied sugars, toffee, pecan nuts. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with a dose of bitterness. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Cask @ George Hotel, Ashford. Golden with a small creamy head. Has a slight sugary sweet malt with a medium to full body and a small bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6548) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansjelaah (1747) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (14298) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (2512) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7700) - 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.

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