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Quantock Wills Neck

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Brewed by Quantock Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Taunton, England

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available bottle conditioned;
A golden ale produced from the finest malts and hops to give a beer that is bursting with hop flavour and aroma. The beer is named after ’Wills Neck’, the highest point in the Quantock Hills.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16056) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Cask handpull at County Hotel Spoons Ashford. Hazy gold lasting white head. some biscuit some tart citrus hop bit of Sherbet some ok condition.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
minutemat (3276) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Cask @ Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours amber with a light haze. Aroma is lightly floral. Taste is initially rather bitter and biscuity with some faint marmalade. Doesn’t leave the greatest impression

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1579) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Cask at JDWs on Whitehall. Floral aroma, nicely hopped with hints of citrus, malt and a slight metallicness. Nice beer.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle obtained through a work-related relationship, cheers Jeremy! New label compared to the picture on the left hand side of this page... Medium sized, off-white, moussy, ’membranously’ lacing head over a lightly hazy, pure and warm golden blonde beer with medium fizz. Aroma is unfortunately heavily impaired by the dreaded lightstruck effect (sulfuric burning rubber, stale cat pee), strangely so as it comes from a brown bottle; this effect almost completely hides more pleasing impressions of lightly toasted white bread, damp straw, dried field flowers, mineral water, faint lemon peel, unripe pear, grass. Neutral onset even for a golden ale, crisp and clean, very lightly sourish and grainy with almost no sweetness, softish carbonation adding a minerally effect, smooth and light body, grainy middle phase, thin and almost watery with just a very light touch of malt sweetness but almost fading away, were it not for the Euro ’noble’ hops coming to the rescue in the end, providing a firm, earthy, leafy bitterness, lasting quite long and providing some herbal and floral retronasal aromas; ends very dry and bitter for an English golden ale. The late hopping tries to save the day: obviously the dominating sulfuric ’lightstruck stench’ ruins the nose completely, but in the mouth, they do create a strong bitter structure around which this beer is more or less centered, as it contains little else for balance. This unfortunate lightstruck odour kept penetrating the nostrils with strong perseverance all the way through the bottle and I would have liked a tad more malt sweetness in this type of beers; still preferable over any English lager of course, the beer style often ’mimicked’ by golden ale. Cannot honestly say I enjoyed this though, I do hope the other ones from this brewery will be better in their respective styles and I expect this beer to be way better on draught too, when light is not allowed to ruin the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fellebag (1267) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2015
50cl bottle. Small white layer. Light golden color, normal carbonation. Aroma is hops, tea, flowers. Taste is bitter with distinct hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4959) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Thin, dissipating white head atop a clouded deep amber body. Nose is peppery, mild hops and a light malt. Flavour is sweet, tonic and slightly metallic. Very quaffable. Best bodes date of July 2011 - yet held on well until now. Batch 10/104. Thanks to my good friend Max for bringing this back.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacekziegler (23) - Plymouth, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Gravity at Tucker’s Maltings Festival Gold medals in Best Bitters and Overall Champion of the Competition! Fantastic fruity and floral hops in aroma. Sharp, tasty bitterness. Spot on!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
The Corn Exchange, Leicester, 12/04/14. Resolving soft, heavy-sparklered gold. Gentle passion fruit and lime traces with greasy pale nut. Not bad. Weak squeeze of green; wine gum, lemon and lime nose.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (5469) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; golden amber pour with smooth off white head, floral and fruity hop aroma, taste sweet malt taste along with some citrus hop and a hint of biscuits, a moderate bitter finish. Session IPA candidate.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (1014) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
From Wetherspoons, 4.3% colour with a good head, slightly too hoppy aroma and taste.


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