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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: 36   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hippoman (397) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Cask at The Library, Durham. Slightly hazy, mid-amber beer with a creamy head and slight visible carbonation. Pleasant nose of citrus and subdued tropical fruit. The taste is largely bitter with grainy maltiness as well as less pronounced passion fruit notes. There’s also some caramel on a longish, dry finish. On the whole I found it a little too bitter and nothing special at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2015
Cask, half pint at Brewery Tap (Leeds Brewery). Decent beige head blanketing the glass. Bright amber coloured body. Dried fruity smell, noes of brown malts. Mixed flavours of orange, apricot and toffee. Drying ending with a bitter bite. Medium bodied. Satisfying (Leeds 09.07.2015).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2576) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Cask at Ealing Beer Festival 2015, Ealing, London. A straw coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, floral, spice aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, floral, fruity, spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2015
[York Beer Festival, 2014] - Sonnet 43 Brewery American Pale Ale, 5.4%, tieforange klar, kaum Schaum. Süßlich mit Grapefruit, Gewürzen und medizinischen Noten im Aroma. Mittleres Mundgefühl, leicht ölig. Im Antrunk deutlich floral, daneben Fichtennadeln und Grapefruit, insgesamt aber rund und etwas süßlich. Zur Mitte hauptsächlich blumig, aber im Hintergund immer süßlich. In den Abgang dann bitterer, aber die Süße bleibt im Hintergrund erhalten. Grapefruit und florale Noten auch hier. Nachhall floral, sehr moderat bitter, leichte Süße immer da. Eher süffig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9100) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Cask, The Pub, Leicester. Golden brown with a thin head. Aromas are apricot with herbal tea and honey. Lemon with biscuit and floral notes. Lightly spicy with caramel. Flavours are caramel with dry biscuit and citrus rind. Honey with grain and nutty lager malts. Lemon with a peppery finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1763) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Cask at Three Tuns Dronfield - Lovely crystal clear golden body, thick white top. Nose is lots of rich malt and caramel. Taste is aided by a lovely rounded mouthfeel, leaving a nice warming feeling that you’d expect from a higher ABV. Superb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnCook101 (457) - - FEB 21, 2015
Pretty generic pale ale. A little over sweet initially but that settles into a moderate bitterness. Some cereal, light hops. Not bad but unexceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drstrangepint (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
A solid pint. Musky & swirly - lovely crisp accompaniment. Bit expensive for what it is - otherwise a fairly standard pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1467) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
Very fresh cask at Bungalows and bears, Sheffield, UK. Hazy orange copper with small white head. Smell is floral and fruity hoppy with some spicy and berry yeast. Taste is hoppy floral, fruity and grapefruit. Semi fry with low bitterness and low carbonation. A very good hoppy beer when fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1876) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Cask at the Oakford Social Club, Reading. Amber with a moderate off-white head. Light pine upfront soon fades, then a slight grapefruit sourness fails to work with the growing fake caramel flavour. Tastes like a very low-grade budget APA. Not great at all, had hoped for better.

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