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Real Ale 14th Anniversary (XIV)

Real Ale 14th Anniversary (XIV)
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This year’s Anniversary Ale truly defies categorization. Starting with our premium two row malt as a foundation, this ale has been carefully engineered to support a prodigious load of American hops. With almost 2 lbs of hops per barrel added to the kettle during the brew, this strong blonde ale is bursting with fruity citrus character. Additional Simcoe hops are added to the tank via dry-hopping, showcasing their unique pineapple essence. You’ll find our 14th Anniversary Ale remarkably quaffable, but at 8.5% ABV, we suggest a moderate approach to this celebratory brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10049) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is sweet fruity hop. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth bitter hop and nice lingering bitter finish. Easy to drink, a good Belgian strong ale from Real Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010 As 14th Anniversary Ale ABV 8.5% Big fruity floral aroma. Golden coloured and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a warming malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Cask pour. Clear golden color/ fleeting white head. Pungent, grassy, spicy aromas with mild honey biscuit. Light to medium bodied with soft bubbles. Nice honey biscuit malty sweet taste with grassy, spicy hops, drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
On tap at the Draught House in Austin. The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus notes to go along with some yeast and alcohol. The flavor is orange, grapes, caramel malt, yeast and quite a bit of alcohol. The beer is fairly boozy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
(cask at draught house) opaque gold-yellow with ring of bubbles. Nose of Belgian Candi sugar, grapefruit and oranges. Taste of celery, bitterish citrus (orange zest, grapefruit esters), and banana bread with alcohol present. Finish Is medium thick, creamy and sweet with bittering notes rounding it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010.This American Strong/Belgian Strong pours a light gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some citrusy hops. A medium bodied Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. A nice hoppy Belgian style American Strong Ale. Nice carbonation. Crisp and clean with a slight residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (4676) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Cloudy golden color. Good white head. Floral hop aroma. Light and full body. Refreshing and delicious. Hard to find flaws with this one. More hops than malt flavor, which is just peachy, only without the peaches.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Cask at the Addison Saucer poured into a goblet. Slightly murky appearance that comes as a rusted amber color. Frothy white head lingers for a substantial period of time. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of sweet hops that carry quite the aromatic kick. Warm and sticky smell. Taste follows suite with similar qualities but less intensity. Smooth and soft floral finish with a sharp sweet fruit finish that melds into a dry cough syrup aftertaste. Everything about this comes together in all the right ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is band-aid lemon hay. Flavor is peachy musk and sweat with a finish of orange juice and grapefruit. A touch of pineapple and bread poke in there as well. Fluffy and coating on the tongue. Flavor, on paper, sounds weird but it works. Very tasty and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I didn’t even realize what I was ordering when I did. It arrives at the table and reaks of being a hopbomb. BUt reaks in a good way, except I am not a hophead and am now dreading having to drink this monster. Here goes- WOW, incredibly well balanced. Again, I am not a hophead and this is really enjoyable. Gets ponderous towards the end and the hop burps suck, but good overall.

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