Brewed at Marstons

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 86   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (10503) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2012
500ml bottle from the taste different series at Sainsburys. Shared with Finn. Clear copper coloured body. Film-type layer leaving spotty lacing behind. Malt-fruity nose. Modest taste of caramel malts and citrus fruits. Smooth bittersweet tail. Soft and clean in the mouth. Refreshing (hotel room, London, 06.11.2012).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
Looks and smells like most of the ales. Taste is not as bitter I would like it to be. There is a little more hops than in a typical super market lager, but othervise this goes to that gategory. Mostly boring, which is better than bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
danlo (2136) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear golden amber colour, with foamy head which quickly dissipates and a cereal malt aroma. Immediate fizzy sharp bitterness, malty taste, folowed by a tangy dry lingering bitterness. Medium bodied, OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjsmith (1) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
Better than most ’Brewed-For-Supermarket’ beers this is a really decent IPA with a good aroma and taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Theydon_Bois (15541) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle at home - 05/08/12. Pours to a clear golden colour with a thin white head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is disappointing - muted hops, background malts and a little caramel finished with a faint whiff of alcohol. Flavour is again muted hops, caramel/toffee, malt - not a lot else. Mouthfeel is ok if a tad over carbonated. Thought I’d give this one a try and see what Marstons are capable of away from their normal products. Wish I’d not bothered!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle in honour of #ipaday! Sweet aroma of faint oranges. Fairly low bitterness for ipa, but builds to linger in the aftertaste. Fruity, more orange, some caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2015
June, 2012 500ml dark glass bottle from Sainsbury’s. Same recipe and ingredients as Marstons Old Empire, but slightly higher abv. Pale sweet biscuit malt, some toffee and butterscotch flavours and a hint of American oak, nicely balanced with firm hop notes leaving a clean bitterness in the mouth. It’s a pleasant and drinkable beer, though the hops are just a tad too assertive for my taste, and the malt is too clean and bland. Overall a lack of character, but drinkable enough. [2.8]
M ay, 2015 500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Sainsbury’s. 5.9%. IPA. Part of a 3 bottles for £5 offer. Pleasant sweetish malt with cereal notes. Pale gold. Clean and quite tasty. Progressive and not aggressive hopping throughout gives a lovely balance to the beer. Easy drinking and attractive. Hops linger slightly powdery in the finish. A nice beer. Slightly lacking in character and impact for me. Very clean and easy drinking. Pleasant enough. Few flaws, but just a little dull overall. OK. [3.0]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 50cl bottle from Sainsbury’s. Ok, white head. Golden blond pour. Nice hoppy finish but needs more hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
Amber colour and a frothy white lasting head. Stale smell of vegetables, caramel, hops and sweet malt. Some roast. Medium sticky frothy body. Taste of rotten aged malt, earth, wood, sweet malt. Starts somewhat sweet with a bitter middle and a truly aweful chemical cleaner finish. This chemical finish is directly from the pasturisation. The drink becomes much better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
I wrote this on 29th Oct 2011: Need a hop fix, hope this ’live’ review of this IPA does the trick. Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a Good People badged pint glass: the beer having a best before life running until 31 Jan 2012 (some 3 months away). The US pint glass not being big enough to take the whole bottle. Looks good, a fine bright amber body with an off-white creamy looking head of tightly knit foaming bubbles. The smell is all hop, floral, citrus hops: Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade being the three used in this ale. The hops completely rule the taste, can’t find any malt content showing any sweetness. One of the hoppiest IPA’s I’ve had from a British brewery, nothing as heavy as some of those West Coast hop monsters out of the US, but still very hop orientated. The hops obviously make this a pretty bitter brew, the alcohol level is hidden by that bitterness and it is only as the mouth has completely dried out between gulps that the alcohol appears. I’m not usually a hop head, but I wanted a hop fix and this certainly did the job.

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