Brewed at Marston’s

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Holborn, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle: Filtered
Available in 500ml bottles at Sainsbury’s supermarkets as part of their Taste The Difference range.
This traditional IPA has fresh aromas of white flowers and citrus with a clean bitter hop flavour. This classic India Pale Ale is made in Burton upon Trent, the home of British brewing. The recipe uses Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade hops and yeast from the Burton Union System, only used by the Marston’s Brewery in Burton. The famous Burton water is also used in the brewing process which helps give this ale its distinct flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s in Eastbourne. Pours out in a light hazy amber colour with low ehad and medium body. Aroma of mild hops and oak. Taste of mild, fresh hops, oak, spruce, leaves, citrus and light herbs. Easy drinkable yet nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Pours clear gold, no real head. Aromas are light floral, light caramel. Taste has a touch of Burton bite, but very light. Surprisingly thin too. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
s_hartshorne (2636) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle Sainsburys. Pale amber colour ok white head and lacing. Weak aroma hops. Very hoppy long dry bitter finish. Medium thin body strong carbonation. Not very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3763) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle from Sainburys. This is a really nice IPA. That has plenty of hops in taste and aroma. Certainly worth a drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamestulloch (3428) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Slight hazy golden body with a thin white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing. Dry aroma of burnt grass and mixed herbs. Flavour of metal, earth and grass. Faint bitterness. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Needs more hops to be classed as an IPA, more like a strong Lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4143) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Grainy nose with floral and citrus notes, initially crisp and dry with a firm bitterness, then a little spice and malt coming though, finish is lightly earthy and dry-bitter.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
marlipin77 (3) - WALES - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
Nothing special. Hop aroma and taste is less than expected. Nice color. Too much CO2. Drinkable ??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mackeon (163) - - DEC 15, 2013
Brewed by Marston, this IPA shares many characteristics with their other beers, as likely as not due to their famous spring water. Perhaps a little too lightly hopped for this style, it is still a very pleasant beer, with a good flowery bouquet, a little sweetness in the aftertaste, and a good full body. The label aims for a mix of traditional simplicity and class, but I find it boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle at home... Amber... Big white head... Soft woody grapefruit... Soft oily fruits... Citrus orange grapefruit.. Soft easy.. And ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (7686) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys of course. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is weak malty. No hops here. The flavour is medium bitter with a hoppy, malty spicy palate.

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