SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - MAR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml dark bottle from Morrisons. Attractive retro label for the current fashion of reviving old recipes - particularly IPA recipes. This is a spanking good beer. The malt is cleaner than one would expect from a retro recipe - but I think Sheps are using their marketing wisdom to simply put a spin on a modern beer. I have no doubt they consulted an old recipe, but they used modern ingredients, modern technology, and modern thinking to adjust the recipe. The malt is clean and toffee flavoured, the hops are brisk and tidy, and the yeast is non-existent. There’s no character here. There’s generous hops and malt, combined in a straight forward traditional manner that has been popular now for over ten years. So this both old fashioned and very modern. And tastes more modern than old fashioned. There’s not much of interest, and there’s certainly no character. But it’s a good, drinkable beer. And there’s nowt wrong with that.
Svesse (7500) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught/keg at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 15 Jan 2015) Dark amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, dried fruit, citrus and slightly earthy hops. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, dried fruit, citrus and a generous earthy/citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Solid and well made classic English style IPA. Nice one.
Malrider69 (115) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber colour with a substantial white coloured soapy head. The aroma is of malt and the flavour of toffee and malt. There is a moderate bitterness that is medium-lasting on the palate. Overall, a good quality English IPA.
floydian1 (1284) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good English-style IPA ie. malty and earthy rather than hop driven. Copper coloured pour, ample off-white head. Biscuity caramel malts, earthy and floral notes on the nose and tongue. Good dry hop bitterness. Light-medium body and carbonation. Quaffable.
DraftDodger (721) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copenhagen 11/1 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Very vintage and old fashioned design - like only the English can do it. Pours clear amber with small white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving only small remnants of foam. Aroma is a little fruity with overweight of sour citrus and lemon. Quite fresh. Soft carbonation and a lightly oily palate. Taste has a moderate fruity sweetness which almost drowns in pronounced bitterness. Aftertaste is quite bitter as well followed by a quite dry finish. Old fashioned IPA - beautiful, bitter and bolsterous.
morri (269) - NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Small white head. Clear, dark orange body. Aroma is malt dominated, quite light. Citrus. Mostly bitter on the tongue.
Maris (1267) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 8/1/2015. Pours a clear dark golden with a smallish head. has a light caramel aroma with a touch of basement. In the mouth, there’s caramel, toffee and orange. The hops are quite herbal and assertive with the bitterness lingering. Light bodied with average carbonation. Pretty good.
AntonyWilson (27) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle -
Appearance: clear, deep copper with a reddish tinge. Off-white head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma: biscuit, bready, fruity with a hint of caramel.
Taste: medium to high bitterness that lingers, caramel toasty notes from the malt. Slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body that finished quite dry.
Overall: a good example of an English IPA and would recommend it in a heart beat.
Jyrsa (304) - - JAN 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours clear copper with strong head and lots of carbonation. Earthy yeast and nuts and chocolatey malts. Bubblegum, more yeast and resiny hops hay. A typical British IPA.
Kita (1671) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 2, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 0.50l from Izola Beer Fest 2015. Pours clear orange amber color with thin creamy off-white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, floral, mild fruity and caramelly. Taste starts with light sweet but rich maltiness, follows grassy, herbal and fruity with dry mouth feel and bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Decent English ale...
Yased (36) - MEXICO - DEC 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
De cerveceria Shepherd Neame esta English India Pale Ale, cerveza con aroma floral no tan volátil algo reservada incluso para una cerveza IPA inglesa, aromas algo especiadas que tambien son raras, los granos de la malta son los mas dominantes y aportan un dulzor notable, de aspecto mas obscuro de lo normal casi llegando al cobrizo escasa carbonatación y perlas medianas con magnifica retención, no se ven muestras de dry-hop. Ya en el gusto una cerveza con un dejo de dulzor como en olfato proveniente del marcado sabor a granos, un amargor bastante tolerable como generalmente lo marca el estilo,sabor que sugiere una leve frutosidad parecida al durazno. De manufactura inglesa una cerveza bastante regular que cumple con el estándar pero nada sobresaliente como su compatriota Jaipur de Thornbridge, con un ABV de 6.1%.