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Wadworth / Stone Brewing San Diego Session IPA

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Formerly brewed at Wadworth
Style: Session IPA
Devizes, England

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask: Special - 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival.
Mitch Steele, from Stone Brewery, was the first American brewer to brew for us. On this eagerly awaited return, he has travelled to Wadworth Brewery (Wiltshire) to brew this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This deep golden ale is hopped in the San Diego style, with a dominant American hop profile of citrus, pine and tropical fruit, together with an assertive bitterness, balanced by underlying malt flavours Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Calypso, Delta


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andsled (24) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
It is what it says on the tin. Yes it is Stone but yes it is a session beer. Show me a better brew at 4.5% and I’ll drink it. Best beer at the Spoons fest by a mile. Having one at Ben Huntsman Sheffield and already ordered another. To the bar hoorah!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10123) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Gold with white head. Sharp and fragrant, flowery hops, astringent, drying, full and very, very decent indeed. I’ll take a gamble that this is the best beer ever to be brewed in the Wadworth plant.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Hand pulled cask at several Spoons pubs during the 2011 Autumn Beer Festival. Pale gold with a creamy unsparkled white collar. Pungent US hop aroma and very bitter hop cocktail flavour bordering on astringent but finishing off a perfect balance to a clean slightly buiscuty malt profile. It took a few pints to fully appreciate this beer but I have to say hats off to Stone’s brewers for turning out such an assertive effort on Wadworth’s historic plant. Very impressive indeed.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump Moon On The Square Northampton. A golden beer with a white head and lacing. A gorgeous aroma of sharp hops over pale malts. Sharp and bitter in the mouth. Again lovely citrussy hops and a decent malt balancing backbone. Orangey fruits throughout. A top beer judging by my sample.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Don2711 (111) - - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Nice beer. Good after taste and clean appearance. Would drink again but not a lot at one time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Cask, William Wygston, Wigston. Hazy gold with a dense cream foam. Aromas are pine and grapefruit with lots of sweet woody oak. Yeasty with toast and light caramel. Leafy with lemon and dusty yeast. Flavours are earthy and woody with floral honey and crisp lemon. Very leafy with nettle tea and peppery piney spices. Has a great spicy yet soft palate. Herbal and resinous on the finish. Creamy oak barrel with pithy grapefruit. Very good but I still miss the Cali Double IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1487) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
Cask. The Postern Gate (JDW), York. Medium white head. Gold body. Great lacing. Hoppy, citric, aromatic, peppery. Bitter with a long, satisfying bitter finish. Refreshing. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Hand pulled at the Wetherspoons under Central Library, Birmingham. Fantastic hop blend - slick, intense and drinkable. Not a massive taste, and small in the finish, but still delivers fantastic burps.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Cask, The Wye Bridge House (JDW), Buxton. Afternoon jalfrezi with Pops MacDrunkeasy having picked up a cask of Moor Top. Thick, creamy-headed orange gold. Ripe, flowery, lychee and satsuma aroma. Slightly dripping with satsuma and tangerine hop flavour; cashew and custard cream on the swallow, some nuts. Thick, mouth-filling condition. Shampoo traces. Pungent, soft, flowery stuff. And really good with a curry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6176) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 5/10/2011. Golden in colour with a slight white head. Big, citrus and floral hop with some tropical fruit. Flavour had some solid malts, more citrus fruit and a very long, bitter finish with a hint of pine. Excellent stuff.


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