chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) at the Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, October 2008. McMullens downsized their brewing operations in 2006, selling the surplus land to Sainsbury’s and re-christening the brewery "The Whole Hop Brewery". This was the first beer I had seen I had seen that gave prominence to the new name - most of the beers still bear the McMullens badge. Not sure whether this is a one-off or a regular Autumn seasonal. A handsome beer - golden amber with a moderate, but lasting head. Otherwise a fairly standard best bitter with the emphasis on dry malt. Touches of berry fruit on the palate with a slightly bitter tang on the finish, Not much in the way of Autumnal character - mellow fruitfulness and all that - but a perfectly respectable and quaffable bitter.
fiulijn (15800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
<i>Cask Conditioned at The Spice of Life, London</i>
Amber color, thin creamy head. The aroma is lightly yeasty, as the flavor is. Some caramel flavor, very light apple touch, no special hopping. Easy and not in prime conditions.