DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask in the new crown, southgate. Alround rating: Fairly big centenial hop like nose, Citrusy with the pale malt only just showing, a hop showcase. I had 2 1/2 pints of this so it must be good but i have to say i was expecting better.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton A golden coloured beer with a white head. The aroma has nice lemon lime and grapefruit notes. Lovely citrussy hop notes in the mouth with lime jelly notes. Fresh clean and well balanced. Good hops but there’s no overkill. Instead very sessionable Score 3.7
Subsequent rating also scored 3.7.
berkshirejohn (4729) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Babington Arms (JDW), Derby. Amber with a low, dense, off-white head,leaving lots of lacing; aroma of pine resin; silky smooth in the mouth and full of resinous hops; short well-hopped bitter finish, leaving a pine resin aftertaste. In one word - piney - if that’s a word!
downender (6568) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar, Bristooll 29/10/09. Golden in colour with a decent white head. Citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma with some balancing malt sweetness. Easy drinking, with juicy fruits, a hint of caramel and a dry, citrus hop finish. Good stuff.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handpull @ several ’Sporks...Personally, this is exactly what I want when I walk into a pub. Pale gold with a thin to fluffy white head (depending on where). Quite a fresh citric hop burst in the nose falling back on a pale malt base, which I prefer over caramalt sessionably. Taste is bittersweet with lot’s of fruit, almost like biting into a fruit salad chew, pineapple and citrus hops and a pale malt character to back it up which ticks all the boxes for me. There’s such a fine line between over hopped and under balanced but this seems to work just fine for my taste.
imdownthepub (10776) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Pale gold with white head, beautifully laced. Initial aroma is of fresh barley and hops, leading to a sharp, lemony, grapefruit, floral pale ale. Lovely citrus notes right through to a bitter finish. light and easily drinkable, I really quite enjoyed it.
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. Clear gold with a medium, lasting creamy white head. Grapefruit hops on the nose, some lemon and then a big hit of mango. Citrus fruit and floral hops on the palate, a really delicate fruity bitterness, some grassy bite in the finish. Not too full-on or complex but well-rounded. Nice, light and balanced mouthfeel, with an average length finish.
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Rayners Lane. Pale gold with a thick unsparkled white collar. Pungent US hops on the nose and the flavour does not dissopoint. Not a full on hop monter but has a lovely complex floral/citrus balance and a great, slightly oily mouthfeel. It’s not in the same lleague as last year’s Stone/Shep colaboration but is still a very classy effort and much more of a session drink. It is creatively brewed and subtely different from any british version of this style that I’ve sampled. I have tried a couple of less impressive pints of this at other spoons since but will seek out more and urge others to do so if their first impressions were dissopointing.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in ’Spoon’s BF ’09. Gold with a small white head. Hoppy aroma. Taste has grapefruit hoppiness and some malt. Sharp bitterness to finish.
harrisoni (14238) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Cask handpull at Samuel Peto, JDW, Folkestone. Hops jump out of the glass at you. Pure clean gold, thick lasting cream head from the sparkler. Lovely US hop aroma. Some ok pale malts in mouth, then some juicy malt on swallow. Finish has some decent hop. More aromatic than bitter. Decent if not the best APA. Re-rate with no sparkler. Aroma is less as you would expect, bit thin and hard in mouth. 6 3 6 3 14 3.2/5.0 Re-rate at County Hotel, Ashford, much better, the aroma was very good, great American hop aroma, the body was better and overall just a more drinkable beer.