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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Amber Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Falling from the sky like bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty... then "pow!" it’s gone. How did that happen?


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
This is it then...last beer of Christmas. Bottle that’s been on the patio since Christmas day. Pours orange-bronze with a thinning white collar. Honey, straw, grass and orange aroma. Clean, slightly Germanic, slightly Black Country flavour with pastry, shrub, orange and fennel notes. Orange cream finish with grass and biscuit hints. Better than expected.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Orange-amber with a thick, light tan head. Scent is malt, fruit, hops. Taste is a nice bitter, with sweeter elements throughout. Caramel and fruits. Good solid ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (5024) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2012
500ml bottle. Caramel English malts, good earthy hops. Mostly clear orange-amber color. Little white head, leaving respectable lace. Some fruitiness. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More full body. Mild bitter taste, mostly clean. Solid amber ale

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium yellow amber colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, light to moderate hoppy, grass. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, spicy, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120503]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Bottled, 500ml from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Deep amber with slight head. Sweet, flat, candy like flavours with a raisins and sultanas character. Just a little lifeless, some alcohol, tending towards thinness on the palate. A mixed bag really.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2012
25th April 2011. 500ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a large frothy head. Aroma is caramel and orange juice. Taste is watery orange with a little grass on the finish. No hint of the strength. Poor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Shared wit h Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Poured from the 500 ml bottle, a dark ice tea color wit ha good foamy light tan head.. and really good lacing rings. Nose is caramel malts and grassy hops Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Lots of flavors including ripe dark fruit and raisins. Good bitterness which carries over into the finish. Seems like an English bitter to me, but it is what it is and what it is good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2012
Bottled (from Beers Of Europe). Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is floral, fruity and a bit earthy. Flavour is fruity, sweet and floral and mildly sweet maltyness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
500mL bottle, 6% version. Poured clear light, orangey-amber with a short, sticky white head. The aroma picked up mostly corn and honey, with light grass and grapefruit accents..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2012
500mL bottle, 6% version. Poured clear light, orangey-amber with a short, sticky white head. The aroma picked up mostly corn and honey, with light grass and grapefruit accents.. very adjuncty, but non-offensive. The flavor found similar stuff.. honey and grapefruit meat at the core, with bitter grapefruit zest and other unidentifiable dry, bitter notes around..finished with residual grapefruit bitterness.. again non-offensive. Lighter-bodied and scratchy on the palate.. good balance between the components, but only an OK flow.. overall this exceeded expectations.


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