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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1885) - Walsall (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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1141) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smallprint (74) - - NOV 25, 2012
On cask at The Bird In Hand, Cheadle. Typical golden ale colour, very clear and clean looking with a white head. In the aroma, hops were present, some sweetness and citrus notes. Taste was first of citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit, a good malt background, quite sweet and certainly some good hop bitterness. The hops leave a nice, bitter aftertaste, the taste of grapefruit lingers aswell, medium bodied. A very good session ale, incredibly drinkable, plenty of flavour and not too strong.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2012
Is Darwin the original evolutionary theorist in the same vein as Ice-T being the original gangster (or should that be Gangsta?). If so he is a charlatan *glances in mirror* as Ice-T ain’t no original gangster, though I did love that album - he may lack MC skills and kick-ass beats but he’s a brilliant storyteller. Much like this beer without the brilliant storytelling.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2504) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 Re-rate this time from 50cl bottle. More fruit on the nose this time, maybe burnt oranges. The finish has a pistachio nut and bran flakes. Slightly better this time! Previous rating 11/08/12 6+4+6+3+12=3.1 On tap @ the Boathouse, Shrewsbury. Pours cloudy, amber orange with nice head. The nose is of chocolate biscuits with grapes. The taste is of biscuits and apples. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a tangy finish. Overall a solid bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnRMurdoch (3257) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2012 Cask @ The Rake. Clear amber brown colour, good head. Fruity hoppy aroma & flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Amazingly hoppy for a bitter. This is really good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1851) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
Dark amber, white head, nose is lemon grapefruit citrous, grainy malt, touch toasted malt. Taste is a lightly toasty malty bitter with a kick of citrousy hops. Touch of pine in too. Grapefruit and lime rind on finish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ration (1928) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2012
Pours clear dark brown with a small head. Aroma hops, grass. Very bitter and somewhat dry. Not Bad.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2012
(Cask at Kuikka, 20120416) The beer poured golden and a bit hazy. Its head was medium sized, white and long lasting. Aroma had fruitiness, citricness, grapefruit and grain. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, grass, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy, grainy and bitter. Very tasty beer with really god hoppiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9314) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 Cask (Kuikka, Helsinki)
Beautiful fruity hoppy aroma, grapefruitya and citrussy, and just a bit of sweet caramelly malts too. Nice orange, small loose head. Lovely full body, great dry bitterness and good breadiness too. Spot on english bitter. As full as an Oakham or a Thornbridge, but with a very very easy unchallanging face, no aggression to it at all. I would session this. Totally delicious.


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