Jimthechap (1560) - Christchurch, - MAY 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good bitter amber colour with a carpet of white head and plenty of sparkle in the glass. Maris Otter malt dominates the aroma spectrum with some useful mandarin juice and tangelo aromas. Slightly tropical flower scents too, hibiscus perhaps? Plenty of prickly mouthfeel and then just the most succulent citrus sweets. On-going carbonation and and slight grassy bitterness, as if you’ve picked a piece of grass and sucked some of the juice from the end. This is a good ambassador beer, not just in the style but also for the brewery. It hasn’t the body of a lot of British bitters, but it has character in spadefuls.
Nick_B (3) - Basingstoke, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Refreshing on a summer evening. Pale golden in colour. Not particularly adventurous in its flavour.
czar (4126) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. cloudy pale golden pour with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. tea leaves, aromatic tea, grainy and lean pale maltiness, spicy-herbal grassiness, slightly perfumey, English bitters - usual suspects, also spices. moderate to low carbonation, light body - not quite watery, dry grassy-herbal tea finish. nicely crafted bitter.
dogbomb (929) - ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bright gold with a decent white head. Lemons and light grapes and maybe a touch of red berry in the nose - almost ribena-like. It’s a little "ribena" in taste as well - blackcurrant with a lemon zing Nicely carbonated making it easy to drink. A quaffer, with plenty of fruity flavour!
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Noels House whilst watching the cheating fucking Kiwis scrape a 20-15 win over England B, 07/06/14.
Clear rich golden with a well appointed light beige covering.
Nose is biscuit malt, light spice, woody rinse, nutmeg, dark fruits.
Taste comprises earthy tones, light mineralisms, spice, hint of orange, dark fruit, figgy jam, pineapple jus.
Medium bodied, soft carbonics, light bitter splatterings at the curtain call.
Decent enough bottled bitter - again a lot better than the many mediocre micro cask offerings that show their faces in the provinces!
djoeye (1230) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml brown bottle, abv4.2%; off-white vanishing hue, ocher clear body, rare dots.
Caramel malts, fruity hops, grains and hints of honey to the nose.
Caramel toffee malts with grassy hops, honey notes and mild bitterness to the tongue.
Soft carbonation, pleasant feel.
Finishes with bread, malt, minced grains, lingering into the bread malty atmosphere...
(Tromsø, May 28, 2014)
BrewGoblin (260) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sort of cloudy amber look about it, brassy if you will. Creamy noggin on it too. Sort of nutty and muddy tasting, a tad of dry, hoppy bitterness. Brown bread in a glass. Not too shabby.
Nordcore (1005) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, Amber, Clear With a minimal white head. Aroma of malt, hops and corn. Light bitter With a cornish ending.
sarauckelman (156) - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber with little head. Hoppy aroma full of flowers, not very strong. Flavor is moderately minerally, with a hitn of grains. Minerally mouthfeel; not much carbonation.
uckelman (235) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden and clear, not much head. Aroma is floral and herby. Flavor is mineral and very bright on the front. Slightly sweet, very bitter. Medium body.
snowdog140 (34) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber and golden appearance with a little head, aroma is a great combination of hops and a more fruity, almost tropical smell. Taste is again a combination of fruity notes as well as a malt taste, making it one I’m happy to drink. It’s better as a cask beer, but bottled is still very satisfactory.