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Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Pale Lager
Kingston, Jamaica

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2168   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First brewed in 1938.
It is a light alcohol drink with not too strong bitterness but rather soft taste; therefore, it’s easy to drink it up.
Brewed for the UK market by Charles Wells since 1976.
Brewed for US market at City Brewery’s Latrobe plant since 2012.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2002
One of the more fun imports. Excellent on a hot summer day.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
This clearly isn’t the same beer I used to drink years ago...the ownership probably has considerably to do with this disappointing state of affairs. In any event, the present edition of this beer is still drinkable, but its bite now seems to owe to extra carbonation that substitutes for its previous assertive hop profile that used to make this brew so distinctive. There is still an undercurrent of malt that provides a hint of sweetness, but the balance of flavors just isn’t there anymore. It finishes dry but without lingering benefit. The head dissipates quickly after pouring. Overall, this is a beer to drink for a hot day...not unpleasant, but not even a ghost of the tropical classic it used to be.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Aurelius (4133) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2002
The only redemption for this beer is that it isn’t offensive. And that you should have bought it while baking in the Carribean sun. About as good as your old familiar American lager benchmarks.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nxlvlrs99 (17) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Virtualy no aftertaste!Really smooth beer, but what else would you expect from the jamaicans...

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
Back in 1988 this was the best stuff you could buy. Then I realized that the imported stuff was a ton different that the stuff that they sell in the old country. (Alcohol was aboout 2% more) Back in those days the bottle was green and ten times stronger. A trip to Jamaica proved that the beer which I loved in Jamaica was really very bad and only improved upon when the extra ’imported only’ alcohol was added to it. The regular stuff sucks big time. Old Mil. Swear.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
Malty smell. Golden, fluffy head. Sweet, almost no bitterness. Sticky texture. Ordinary.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sigmund (5089) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2002
Not much flavour here. Carbonated mineral water with some malts and hops added. Probably an OK beach beer in the Jamaica heat, brewing it in Europe seems like a bad joke. Cute bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Not a horrible beer, but I’d rather have a Corona, which should say something. heavy carbonation, with a strange light malt flavor at the finish. not excited about this one at all.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Bubbles! Pale color (not as yellow as the Budweiser sitting next to it). This was fine with a curry (where carbonation is an advantage) but in the end, there’s nothing to this--flavorless, boring beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaDoG99 (20) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2002
I enjjoyed this one. It made me think of the islands.


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