Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle obtained through a professional relationship, cheers Jeremy and Sabine! Mine simply says "Quantock Stag" without the "Royal", but I assume this is the same beer. Gusher, even quite strongly so, thick foam crept out of the bottle neck fifteen minutes after opening. Very heavily cobweb-lacing, egg-white, thick and stable head over an initially almost clear, warm orange blonde beer with slight pinkish hue, calmly sparkling. Herbal aroma of white pepper, lime zest, dried orange peel, fresh ’iron-like’ parsley and iron ’tout court’, nettles or other garden weeds, bitter honey, toasted bread, hints of soap, jute, dry tree leaves, slight caramel, green apple, roasted peanuts, some dried banana when warming up, unripe berries - this bouquet is like a walk through a meadow full of wild flora. Crisp, clean onset, spritzy due to high carbonation (not surprising seen the gushing), some dried fruits, a tad sourish in a very soft way but otherwise quite neutral with very low sweetness or fruitiness; overcarbonation numbs the tongue a bit but a firm, nutty and toasted, supple malt body comes to its full development after that. All the while, herbal, grassy and floral ’Euro’ hops linger in the background, waiting to burst, which happens in the finish - yet still in a well-mannered, balanced way; they provide a long, drying, very peppery and leafy ’noble’ bitterness as well as retronasal floral and herbal aromas. Quenching and appetizing, the gushing is a bit over the top of course, but other than that, this is a very enjoyable, balanced, drying ale. It is not far removed from the ever more elusive ’EPA’ style but clearly a lot more hop forward so I tend to disagree with the ’ESB’ qualification given here: this is one of those rare, truly ’English style’ IPAs, directly linked to the origins of the style. I guess (too) many people associate ’IPA’ with the lush, extremely aromatic American style these days, but we should not forget that the roots of this style, or at least its name, lie in merry old England, where all pale ales of the late 18th and 19th centuries received a firm hop dosis for storage, regardless of whether they were intended for export or not. This one is a good reminder of this historical fact. Recommended in that sense, even in spite of the gushing.
Gary (1808) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled: Not an IPA in the relevant craft sense , a tepid malty "grandpa beer" for sure . The ESB style bores me ! Very malty and quite apple estery textured . A little syrupy roast, burnt autumn leaves and twigs . A higher boost ESB than typical examples of the style.
harrisoni (16820) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On gravity at White Cliffs BF 2015. hazy amber dark lasting white head. bit of nettle hop. Its kinda an ok premium bitter with some malt sweetness and some hop. Ok beer.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly bitter brown ale with fine foam. Sweet aroma of brown sugar. Slightly strong ok ale taste.
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Market Porter, London. Clear amber beer with a small offwhite head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Hoppy, malty and a bit fruity flavour.
SarkyNorthener (3884) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@lychegatetavern, wolverhampton. The pump clip makes no reference to the ipa style. It styles itself an ESA. Maybe they realised how much it alienated people with the ipa tag. The beer was amber with little head. Little aroma of malt. Taste is a small kick of alcohol, caramel and fruits. Watery palate. The taste was well balanced, everything else was below par.
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2nd January 2013
Market Porter. Clear amber beer with tidy cream coloured head. Palate is softish and airy. Light malt with a little cream. Trace of nuts. Pleasantly tangy orange hops that are quite mild. Trace of lemon. Finishes semi dry. Hardly an IPA but pretty easy drinking.
rlgk (17116) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at Market Porter, London. Somewhat hazy golden beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity aroma, caramel, grapes, apples, floral notes, spicy, some bready notes. Fruity flavor, caramel, apples, grapes, floral, some hops. Not an IPA in my book, not even by English standards.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look, can we get some kind of line in the sand here? About what an IPA actually IS? Ok, we all know the story - passage to India, stronger, more hops, yada yada - but there is a divisiveness brewing, apparent in this beer’s reference to ’the traditional IPA style’. IPAs have moved on. And now, the standard bearers on what they have become are the Americans. An IPA is intenely hoppy, fresh, full of citrus and spruce, and this one just aint. It’s a nice bitter. It’s not a great bitter, but it’s a nice bitter. It may be more like the IPAs originally brewed for passage, but that point is moot - that’s not what an IPA is any more just as all other styles have changed over time. Anyway, just wanted to get that off my chest. So this? Yeah, fair to middlin’ bitter.
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, malty aroma with a bit hops hinds, amber, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness in the start becoming to medium very nice bitternessmedium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, good beer even for longer drinking, why not