DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Black Horse, Darwen 28/01/2006
Clear golden coloured with some fruit aroma. Slightly strong in alcohol and hoppy. Crisp on the palate with a slightly dry malt flavoured finish.
2. Cask Stillage at the Community Centre, Tarporley 26/01/2007
Very hoppy and citrus aroma. Clear golden coloured very hoppy and citrus with a crisp and fruity dry bitter lasting finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Font Bar, Manchester 08/07/2007
Strong hop and fruity orange aromas. Floral. Clear golden coloured strong in alcohol and very hoppy. Orange fruit flavour. Crisp and bitter lasting finish.
4. Cask Handpump at the Fat Cat, Sheffield 17/08/2007
Hop aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with a crisp and bitter lasting finish.
5. Cask Handpump at the Bold Forester, Mansfield 12/04/2008
Lots of hop aroma. Clear golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a crisp floral and slightly bitter malt finish.
6. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 20/06/2009
Big hoppy zesty aroma. White head. Golden coloured very hoppy and strong in alcohol with a citrus flavour. A little creamy on the palate. Crisp dry and bitter malt finish.
7. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 23/06/2009
Floral and very hoppy aroma. White head. Clear golden coloured smooth on the palate and very hoppy with an orange fruit flavour. Crisp creamy and slightly dry bitter finish.
8. Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 27/06/2009
Big citrus hop aroma. Clear golden coloured smooth on the palate and hoppy with a little bitterness in a crisp and dry lasting finish.
9. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 14/09/2009
Big hop aroma. Small white head. Light golden coloured and a little hazy in appearance. Very hoppy with some citrus flavour. A little creamy on the palate with lots of bitterness in a lasting finish.
10. Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2010
Big hop aroma. White head. Clear golden coloured hoppy and floral with a citrus flavour. A little creamy on the palate with a bitter and slightly dry malt finish.
leaparsons (7662) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, The Criterion, Leicester. Light gold with a small head. Aromas are hops spices with pear, sweet lemon and lots of hops spices. Flavours are syrupy lemon and spices with a light grapefruit bitterness and spices. Has plenty of hops as befits the style. Very decent.
RichardGretton (4152) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Nottingham Beer Festival. Golden/blonde beer with a light and malty aroma and a dry hopped flavour with a malty finish. Overall a nice dry and sweet beer.
harrisoni (12451) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Just about my beer of the festival. Intense hop aroma. Pale gold with lasting white head. Citric hop is lovely. Grapefruit. Terrific in mouth and finish is excellent. Some sweetish malt in mouth to balance. Then gorgeous hop finish. Alcohol makes it a tad too sweet. Not that good on day 2 when Haddonsman had it. Re-rate. on handpull at Coach & Wagon, Dronfield. The best pint of this Ive ever had in Thornbridges own pub too. Pure delight in a glass. The hop profile is just perfect for me. I love everything about this beer.
DanielBrown (3598) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Yellowy, with a bit of froth. I actually though this one did have a little in common with it’s US IPA counterparts. Some sticky hops, intense, lasting lemon freshness and a good ball of sour crispness to finish. I enjoyed this and do think that Thornbridge are looking like one of England’s best up and coming breweries.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Re-re-rate. More than lovely. Redefines IPA for contemporary English brewers. This is the standard to which others aspire then fail to attain. FInd it, drink as much of it as you dare, ignore any other beers on offer. Ticking / scooping / rating anything else is a waste of your time when this beer is on offer.
Re-rate; handpulled at Fat Cat, Sheffield. Even juicier. Lovely.
Gravity at Derby beer festival. Gob smacking grassy, hoppy, juicy stuff.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As maeib says, this is clearly aiming at an IPA style but its not an IPA in any way that Americans would recognize one. It is pretty hoppy but, although there are some resinous notes, the hops are more grassy and herbaceous than a US IPA. Lemon and grapefruit in the flavour. Moderately bitter, but quite smooth and slips down easily without showing off the alcohol too much. Straw colour. Hardly subtle, but quite classy. Cask (gravity dispense), Derby Beer Festival.
maeib (8275) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Cask conditioned - gravity - Derby BF. With a name like this clearly a take on an IPA. It is a very pale straw coloured beer with a good piney and citric hop aroma. The taste is hoppy and fruity with orange notes. It has a good body and is quite light and drinkable for its ABV. Good stuff but not an IPA and certainly not the hoppiest beer of the day.Score 3.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.7, 3.8, 3.8, 4.0, 4.1, 3.9, 3.6, 3.6, 3.6, 4.1, 3.8, 3.7, 4.1, 3.5, 3.9, 4.2, 4.1, 3.9, 3.8, 3.9, 4.1, 3.6 and 4.1. Average becomes 3.8