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Sonnet 43 American Pale Ale

Brewed by Sonnet 43
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Durham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Bottled & Cask, regular;
An interpretation of a classic style. It has a pale bronze colour and an exceptionally full-bodied complex character with a spicy and peppery aroma. Generous quantities of premium Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial and Mount Hood hops give this Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet with a fruity, malty and spicy flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4500) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Cask - Grapefruit and citrus hops with some caramel. Clearish gold with a rich beige head. Bright citrus bitterness and peel, with some orange. Quite bright and nice for a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14715) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Cask at the bow bar... Amber... Thin white lacing.... Soft dry roast... Floral fruits... Soft dry fruit... Zezty hop...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (7094) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Cask at the Lyric. It pours clear Amber with a small white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, toffee, cinnamon bun, brown bread and light citrus. The taste is bitter-sweet, woody, toffee, peppery grapefruit, lemon peel, biscuit and resin with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Underwhelming malt-driven affair. Hoppy bitter at best.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knc (3) - - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
In bottle at Southbank Grill in Gateshead. Pleasant interpretation of US IPA, plenty of hops on the nose medium bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10488) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Gold with white head. There is an initial caramelised toffee, caramel flavour, boiled malts, then a simple, fruity but indistinct hops note. Itís reasonable without getting over exciting really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (683) - SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle shared with Mr_H deep golden ale with fruity aroma big hoppy flavour decent bitterness on the finish nice interpretation of the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13884) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
On gravity at The Just Reproach Deal. amber clear no head. Hoppy deceny apa. Citrus grapefruit. Itís ok slightly better than average. Bit sweet malt upfront. Hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 21, 2014
On tap at the Red Squirrel. Appearance - gold with a decent head. Nose - some grassy notes but more on the citrus side. Taste - orangey with a pale malt background. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - very balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (2864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Keg at the red squirrel. Sticky toffee, dry and sweet, little cheesy, pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2945) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Cask by hand-pump at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh (8 May 2014) - clear amber, thin creamy white head, spicy hop aroma, poor lacing, bit of fruit, some grapefruit, bit of spice, very easy to drink Also bottle (not bottle conditioned) from Sonnet 43 Brewery (13 Jun 2014) - not quite as good as the cask version, but a nice drink

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