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

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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.


3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Harp London. A copper coloured beer with a white head. Nice hops in the mouth with a good malty body. The hops are fairly fruity. A nice fruity nose. A well balanced tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewC (323) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle conditioned. Wow the aroma was a real surprise. It smelt heavily of hops in the fashion of a DIPA. Hint of smoke on the aroma too. Fruit salad flavours, hint of smoke. Quite a tangy sharp hop. Body is thin with some toffee going on. Copper brown in colour. Another good beer from a good brewer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1394) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
(Bottled) Another beer from those hill billies giving beer aficinados in the Medway area an alternative option in bottled format; A bright ale ; its got fruity bitterness(peach,apricot ) , toasty sweet caramel notes are the story. It looks like an American IPA , doesn’t drink as one , but that’s what their Dubble IPA should at least try to do...well hopefully.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (2095) - 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.

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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5218) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2012
12/IV/2012 - 500ml bottle @ The Goods Shed (Canterbury) - BB: 7/IX/12 (2012-349)

Little cloudy deep orange to amber beer, small creamy yellowish head, pretty stable and adhesive. Aroma: bit sweet, touch of barnyard, hay, no fruits, no sweetness, weird. MF: low carbon, medium body. Taste: some citrus, little fruity, cheesy, piny bitterness. Aftertaste: little metallic, piny and bitter. Not my favorite UK ipa, it lacks some malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1847) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a dark orange brown colour with a thin white head, plenty of fruit and hops in the aroma, the taste is fruity and with a good dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2881) - 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


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