Rune (10503) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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).
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
danlo (2136) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
tjsmith (1) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Better than most ’Brewed-For-Supermarket’ beers this is a really decent IPA with a good aroma and taste.
Theydon_Bois (15541) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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!
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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]
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 50cl bottle from Sainsbury’s.
Ok, white head. Golden blond pour. Nice hoppy finish but needs more hops.
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
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
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.