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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Contract brewed by Genesee for Sainsbury’s.
This American IPA is a blend of three hop varieties which give it its characteristic bold hoppy aromas. It is smooth and full of flavour with a rich malty character, spicy notes and a long finish. Brewed and bottled by Tap Room Brewing Company, Rochester, New York.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (9055) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle at my parents house, from JS thanks to the old man, 25/01/13. Hazed mid amber with a good sized frothy white head that retains well. Nose carries muted hop tones - dumbed down and not very fresh, caramel malts, orange, lemon sherbet, hint of soap, a general musty and tired aroma. Lots of descriptors but none make it score more than 5 ! Taste comprises faded hops, touch of pine, citrus, orange marmalade, caramel. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, some hop bitterness in a dry finish. A pretty basic and below par IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1741) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
355ml bottle from Sainsburys, Shrewsbury. Pours clear copper with big foamy head. Aroma is fruity and resinous. Taste is fruity with pronounced biscuit malts and an almost cloying pine hoppiness. Ok but that’s it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sad24 (107) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
From Sainsburys. Best of the taste the difference ipa range but still not great. Decent palate. Rest ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dervock (501) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle - pours dark copper with small white head. Some caramel malt and a little nettley hop. Hop hit with an underlying Sweet malt. Maedium palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (4300) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Feines, im Sinne einen klassichen amerikanisches IPAs mit viel Hopfen und Frucht. Dazu etwas Zitrone und ein bisschen Kuchen in der Nase. Feine Sache mit perfkt abgestimmten Stärke nebst Süffigkeit. Top.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
McTapps (4300) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys in Eastbourne. The beer pours out in a deep golden colour with low airy head and medium body. Aroma of mild hops and flowers. Taste of hops, straw, dust, flowers, herbs and mild spices. Grainy hints. Drinkable, yet I expected it better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (2552) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle, amber-brown with a clinging white head, light aromas of caramel, pine, lemon and something earthy and vegetal. Dry-bitter with spicy earthy notes, touches of toasted orange marmalade and pine, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (821) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle from, well Sainsburys. Amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma has hops, malt, and fruit. Tastes also has hops, but also a fruity, malty, and slightly bittertaste. There is a hint of, sweetness at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (214) - - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle received as a gift. Quite strong malty taste and aftertaste, decent fruit and hop undertones. Decent enough

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2693) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys. Appearance: Ruby red, tiny white head. Aroma: biscuit, malt, grain, a little spice and some mild hoppiness. Flavour: lightly bitter, pepper, crystal malt, lightly bitter and with a mild hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
flying_pig (965) - SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
355ml Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Glasgow (£1.90):
Weak on the nose with some biscuit malts & hints of citrus. Faint hops & touches of bitterness follow but the aroma of this one is pretty basic and unexciting.
Clear, medium amber with a large, 4cm, foamy & slightly off-white head that has some bubbles in it. It holds for about 45 seconds then settles at about quarter the original size.
Some bitterness & biscuit flavours followed by subtle hops & hints of spice. Towards the end I thought I could detect the odd off-flavour but the taste was at least a slight improvement on the nose.
Medium bodied & bitter with a slight fizz, medium carbonation & smooth mouthfeel. The beer was quite easy to drink but the bitterness did seem a little strong and unbalanced, particularly towards the end of the beer.

Quite a poor beer, I should have known better than to pick this one up, especially considering it worked out more expensive than a lot of better, well-known craft beers Sainsbury’s was also selling. Not a beer I’ll be picking up again.

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