BlackHaddock (2902) - 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.
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.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home... Amber... Big white head... Soft woody grapefruit... Soft oily fruits... Citrus orange grapefruit.. Soft easy.. And ok
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Golden orange appearance.Some hops are present but not that you would really notice. An attempt to jump on the IPA bandwagon that failed.
ralphdot (967) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale gold colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, good hoppy IPA taste, A good supermarket beer.
Leighton (8682) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli, before heading out to see My Morning Jacket. Pours deep gold with a weak, white head. Nose has some herbal, leafy hops and toasty malts. Medium sweet flavor, some basic malts, faint honey, some biscuits, bit of herbal and pine bitterness. Light to medium in body with average finish. Alright balance to finish, some slight stickiness to the hops, hints of earth and grass, some toast and sugar. Uninspiring but completely alright.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Cromwell Road Sainsbury’s. Pours light amber with a slight white head. Aroma is floral over light caramel. Med body. Flavor is light caramel with some bitter hop that seems citrus with a little floral tagging along. It is classically bitter. My tongue says that to me. In the bitter finish the malt becomes a slight roast. IPA? Pretty tasty whatever. (just noticed this is an ESB - that fits much better than IPA)
vickey9 (342) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
<orangr colour, small head. Nose is hoppy with touch of lemon. Medium body, fine carbon, Taste is bitter. Palate is bitter herbs and citruses. B@H
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a fluffy foam. Aromas are marmalade and toast with green leaves. Some pine air freshener. Mixed Autumn fruit with herbal aspects. Flavours are Marston’s caramel with lightly bitter pine and cake mix fruits. Dry and woody on the finish. Peppery on the palate. Decent.
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A brown beer which pours with pretty much no head. A reasonable amount of hop in the aroma with a touch of sweet malts. A bit stick in the nose. A good length of flavour with sweet malts and orangey malts. A little vanilla. Marmalade notes. Quite nice.