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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21581) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4981) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ralphdot (1034) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2011
Pale gold colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, good hoppy IPA taste, A good supermarket beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18524) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14075) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2013
<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

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4140) - 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.

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