Brewed by Salopian
Style: Bitter
Shrewsbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Colour: Copper
Hops used: Cascade, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Saaz
Style: Darwin’s Origin is an eclectic mix of hops from across the world but this blend produces a beer that offers something to everyone. Crisp, tart, fruity and refreshing but also with a juicy malt background.
History: The brainchild of Debbie here at the brewery, Darwin’s Origin is the most recent addition to the Salopian core range in both cask and bottle. It was brewed to celebrate Shrewsbury’s most famous son Charles Darwin. Like most additions to the permanent range of beers, Darwin’s started off as a monthly special and the reaction of our customers and staff saw it replacing Abbey Gates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (702) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Dark amber pour. Clean hops and fizzy on the tongue. Reminiscent Danyul? Who was the OG? Adam? Moses? Chuck Norris?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from @baron_orm - thanks! [180713]
Amber, clear, frothy white head that dissipates quickly
Aroma of lemon citrus, caramel malts, some biscuit, good aroma
Taste of citrus, pithy grapefruit, some lemon, lot of citrus hop for an amber bitter, brown caramel malts, biscuit, slight earthy hops, some toasted malts, quite complex, very good flavour
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, tangy fairly sweet citrus with toasted bitter biscuit malts. Finish as mina flavour, citrus biscuit, good linger, extra wave of bitterness in the tail, clean finish
Overall - One of the best English bitter beers, very well put together, just very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, citrusy and delightfully crisp, this Bitter closes on a green hop bitterness which latches on to the tastebuds just long enough for you to wonder how soon your next sip can be.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear amber.
-The carbonation is fluffy.
-Malts also develop toasty angles.
-The citrusy, spicy hop character is tight and nuanced.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Chewy, spicy nose with peppered pineapple and big gobs of pine sap. Pours medium copper with a fluffy head. Taste is complex but balanced with orange peel, cloves, papaya, pine needles and the forest floor they’re sat on. Finish is dry, tart and moreish. An excellent session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3921) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle from Salopian - thanks! Thin body, with tongue tickling carbonation. Flavour is somewhat reminiscent of a digestive biscuit soaked in lemon barley drink. Somewhat. Light and crisp Bitter, which has a traditional Black Country motif, but with a clean hop feel - like a fluffy cloud. Abv makes this light, but it’s also refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foxo82 (709) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2013
On keg at Syston Social Beer Festival 2013. Amber ale with an interesting sweet malt aroma. Taste is pretty one dimensional bitter fare. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2013
Has a full tropical fruit aroma in a cloudy golden coloured ale with a thick creamy head. It’s crisp but only a little fruit is apparent in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9927) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Cask at the Merchants Inn, Rugby, 06/03/13. Lightly hazed golden amber with a white head. Good lacing ensues. Nose is grapefruit, tropical notes, orange, hops, pineapple. Taste comprises light pine, hops, juicy tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry in the finish. Decent fayre from Salopian - as usual!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2370) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Amber beer, thick creamy head with good pacing. Excellent looking beer. Aroma is grapefruit hops. Taste is hops a mix of them quite sweet as well. Smooth and medium bodied on the palate. This is an excellent bitter. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1186) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
500 mL bottle from Beers of Europe. Clear amber, good head. Grapefruity hop aroma. Bitter and fruity. A bit one dimensional however, though a good bitter. Bitter and dry.

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