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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?


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (506) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled. Bought at a beer specialty store here in Bratislava. One word: great! definitely a great English amber ale. Very bitter, hoppy and a tone of dark chocolate in the finish, which is the most dominant part, where all the characteristics of this ale are unleashed. The aroma is quite low, does not promise anything, there is some malt and the raisins, but that is all. The color however is beautiful! Copper brown and clear. The hoppy aftertaste last quite long on the mouth. Overall an excellent brew in my opinion in its price and quality category.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (1227) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours with rich head, most disappears quickly, but still it is persistent. Colour is clear golden-amber. Strong aroma of hops, also notable floral notes, a little earthy. Wonderfully bitter, with a minor sourness. Finish is delicately bitter with all aroma notes slowly disappearing, and urging you to next swig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (3775) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle from Presporska pivoteka, Bratislava. Reddish golden color with medium white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark berries. Taste, burned sugar, dark fruit, pines, bitter hops. Nice long bitter finish. Good.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (3828) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
500ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a finger and a half of white head. Aroma is a mild malty aroma. Taste is malty sweet with a mild bitter hoppy finish. I quite enjoyed this one sitting by the campfire this summer while in Missoula on vacation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9014) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2012
500 ml bottle poured a clear amber with lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, floral notes, fruittiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, fruittiness and light floral notes with a smooth lingering carmel finish.,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2012
500ml bottle. Filtered/fined orange-red-tan. Steady thin. Sweet cinnamon-caramel aroma. Big seawater biscuity malt and fresh but subdued hop flavor. A pretty solid English Ale, even if the bottle is a little gimmicky. Rather standard in some respects, I have so few English Ales that it is hard to differentiate subtleties. Either way, a fully enjoyable beer, maybe a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Some cinnamon or spicing perhaps, but incorporated rather well. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
31st December 2011
Clear amber beer, tidy white head. Dry palate. Good malt backbone with mild cream. Nice hops - bitter tangy orange, slightly resinous. Tangerine pith. Dry finish with a mild bitter linger. Decent if a bit dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5190) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 500 ml bottle. Pours a nice dark amber with a medium thick off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is fresh with some light citrus notes, a bit of wort, some yeast. Flavor has a nice pleasant subtle bitterness to it. Some light citrus, faint traces of date-like sweetness, a sweet biscuit-like finish. Nice, clean mouthfeel. Rather surprised - most of these Christmas one-offs by this brewer are just alco-bombs.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle from the Vacaville BevMo. Pours light copper with a foamy white head. Aroma is mild roast malt, grapefruit and floral. Med body. Mild grapefruit, lots of floral, maybe the grapefruit isn’t so mild, and there’s underlying lightly roasted caramel. This is very over the pond - so not over the top. But it’s floral, tasty and bitter. Good stuff.


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