mjs (4202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 (Re-rate, cask at White Horse on Parsonís Green) Iíve been waiting for a chance to re-rate this beer. The looks were ok: golden and clear. Hops were clearly present in both taste and aroma. The hop characters were fruitiness and pine. Fortunately, hops werenít too dominating. Malty, medium bodied beer was there underneath and created nice balance. Aftertaste lasted long.
Old rating: 6-4-7-3-14=3.4
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thornbridge are a fine brewer. Great finish, a fine complex IPA. Really enjoyed it and would like to whack my way thorugh their beer list soon. Fruity aroma, bitter aftertaste, kicks fkin arse this stuff.
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at the Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham. This is a very complex beer. The flavours are very well-balanced with lemon, grain, grass, malt, herbs and bread all in the mix. With all its bold flavours, you canít go back to anything else in the same it evening; they just pale in comparison. Well above any other IPA and definitely worth seeking out.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 7th Feb 2008. The first thing you notice is the very strong lemon aroma. Appearance wise, itís a clear gold. Simple hoppy IPA flavour with a really bitter hop flavour kicking in late for an extremely dry finish. Good stuff.
renffisch (722) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
half @18th battersea bf. even though it does smell like posh lemon toilet fresh, this excellently round flavoursome ipa wonít dissappoint. gorgeous beer indeed.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at the Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham. This excellent beer has a golden colour, sharp aroma and a wonderfully complex flavour of deep sweet malt with floral and really sharp citrus fruit. The lingering aftertaste is definitely moreish. I always order this whenever I find it.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Trappeze. Pours a cloudy golden with a decent sized white head. Smells of hops, grains, citrus, and sweet malt. Taste is hoppy, more grass than citrus. Maybe just the cask, but thereís a good amount of metal here. Pretty strange and doesnít seem to subside through the pint. Body is creamy. Overall, an okay example of an english IPA. Glad I tried.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Redlight. Pours a transparent light gold color with a frothy white cap. Smells of light floral citrus and mild hops. Simple and pleasant. The flavor was pretty crisp for cask ale. The hops were fairly abundant, but not overpowering. A little grapefruit was blended in too give it some balance. Really easy drinking nice brew. Im beginning to get a better feel for cask ale and can appreciate these English beers better.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Fresh bottle, 2+ years after the below cask experience. Unlike the cask, the bottle yields hazy body, glowing a golden-orange amber color. The head is tall and frothy, just barely off-white in hue, leaving sticky, patchy swaths of lacing all over the glass. Aromas are clean and balanced, sporting a fresh and light hop profile that is predominantly lemon based, but also showing notes of juicy orange, white pepper, and grass. Malts are lightly sweet, made of fresh, doughy white bread and glazed cereal grain. Flavors follow suit, nicely balanced, if not weighted slightly towards the hoppy side of things. The dusty white pepper gangs up with the dry yeast to keep things zesty and parching. Lemon ring and fresh green grass concentrate on the lengthy finish. The palate shows a moderate body with active, but unobtrusive carbonation, initially slightly creamy but moving towards dry and yeasty on the back end. Good stuff. Liked it much better from the bottle than from cask. 7/5/7/4/15 = 3.8
Cask at Redlight Redlight. Pours a crystal clear, medium golden body. A small, foamy, pure white head leaves behind thick rings of dense lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is of dry toasted grains, light caramel, faintly sweet, fruity citrus, and some mild grassy hops. The flavor follows suit, with the grassy hops asserting themselves a bit more. There is a faint, but slightly annoying metallic note in there somewhere. Subtle citrus. The body is creamy and smooth, but on the lighter side of things. Finishes long and grassy, with bitterness intensifying as the mouth dries. Feels like a crossbred IPA-ESB to me. Nice brew. 6/3/7/3/14 = 3.3
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask @ redlight redlight. Sweet citrus, with notes of honey and some hoppy bitter aromas. Pours straw blonde with a huge white head. Very nice bitterness, sweet upfront, some citrus and a lot of honey malts followed by a good bitter finish. Feels like a nice combo of an english ipa with a little american hops in there. Very nice beer, very nice on cask.