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Old Dairy Hop Top (-2011)

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Formerly brewed at Old Dairy
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Cranbrook, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
American style double IPA, pale, strong, bitter and lots of citrusy hops.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13844) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 Bottle at the brewery. Not the finished article so I will re-rate. Hazy amber no head. Amarillo added 4 times and the aroma shows good hop. A liitle cheesy and rubbery on the hop. Good sweet orange fruit. Ok bitterness on finish. Great to see the experimental beers coming from this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewC (328) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle conditioned (9%). Copper brown colour. Smells quite orangy with hints of spices. Initial flavours of smoked-wood (possibly this flavour is actually oak or a peat-whiskey) swiftly followed by cloves and orange peel. Big toasted malt, resinous hop and smoked-wood finish. Has that slightly cloying, hydrochloric-acid linger on the finish that seems to characterise DIPAs but its not as overpowering as the few others Ive had. Powerful stuff and from a Kent micro too. Good on them.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5380) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
Cask (Egham Beer Festival - Summer 2010) - Amber in colour. Grapefruit and pine in the aroma. Hoppy and sweet taste with grapefruit and pine detected. Very nice indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2010
Cask (handpump) at Egham United Services Club Beer Festival on 19 August 2010. Hazy amber colour. Lots of orange marmalade in the aroma. Sweet and rich and the palate with plenty of resinous US hop character. More orange peel backed up with chewy malt. Obviously aiming for an American DIPA style and succeeds quite authentically. It does have some of that fat, sweet, sticky hop character that is often found in big US IPAs. I tend to prefer a sharper, crisper feel but its most encouraging to see a very new brewery striking out in this direction so early in its existence. Hats off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the Egham BF. Amber gold with a lively beige collar. Rich and malty with a late developing multi layered but subtle hop profile. Very drinkable for ABV.


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