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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Also available bottled.
A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2007
poured from cask at papago...a clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that lasts all the way down to the bottom of the glass leaving behind a trail of pillowy lacing. aroma is a mild mix of pale malt, lemon, skunky pine hops and some wood. medium body with a creamy cask texture. flavor is similar to the aroma...muted with some hop spice and earthiness and finishing with some floral notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (792) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 27, 2007
Stillage @ CAMRA York Beer Festival, november 07. Yellow color with a long lasting, medium, bubbly white head. Lots of citric hops on the nose with some pineapple notes and some mineral and sulphur notes. Citric, pineapple flavor with bready malts and an earthy english hops finnish. Nice. Medium palate, refreshing, very well rounded with a dry and refreshing palate. Very nice english IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours light golden with a mostly receding white head. Aroma of English hops, with vinous, spicy and woodsy tones. Taste is lightly herbal with a musky citrus and spicy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with little to no carbonation from the cask.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Cask at Mugs Ale House: Hazy, honey colored pour with a frothy white head. Aroma shows some fruity qualities of apricot and some resinous hop hints. The body is lacking. The flavor is very earthy and dirty with restrained hops. It seems only bittering hops come through in the finish. No fruitiness or hop depth in the flavor. The only hop depth in this IPA is the aromatic, apricoty qualities in the nose. Kind of boring, and lacking balance, in my humble opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (603) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottled. Tangy and citrusy aroma. Pours wih a golden hue and small head. Rich, highly hopped, tangy, nutty IPA flavour. Sharp bitterness in the finish. Very good IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
On cask tap at Map Room, Chicago. I didn’t know anything about this beer-- but it was immediately obviously that it was a traditional English style IPA. Very mild hops and a soft palate. A nice change of pace from the plethora of American style IPAs with a more aggressive hop profile.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3423) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2007
Cask @ Warrington Oktoberfest. Pale gold colour. Fresh, fruity flavour balanced with hops and malt. Finish is slightly dry but this remains a very drinkable beer and exceptionally smooth for a strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Golden coloured with minimal head. Massive hop aroma with pineapple, citrus and pine resin. The flavour had a touch of sweetness but was predominantly hoppy with a mouth puckering finish. Excellent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 1) Bottle. Lagery in appearance, but don’t be fooled. Have been salivating just reading other peoples’ ratings of this for a while, and it doesn’t disappoint. Hopsack snout awash with tangerine and sweaty hop resins. Suggestions of geranium, onion, ganja...Muscular hop punch cushioned by just enough malty softness: hardly any. All about the hops, and who’s complaining? Big, clean, juicy, grapefruit-bitter hop loveliness. 2)Cask handpull. The Black Horse, Walcote)...Huge, green, grapefruit snout sweating with resins. Pungent citrus; quinine-bitter, fleshy and aromatic. Better than a 3.9, so...938416=4. 3) Bottle conditioned. Uninteresting chilled T-beer aroma (lime and tequlia). Grapefruit and rich tea biscuit flavour with hints of shampoo and sulphur. Drinks like lager and tonic- concentrated bitterness with the soul of the hops extracted. Mercilessly drinkable, a ringer for more recent bottlings of Punk IPA. Vacant, pleasant...and less like an IPA in its heart than a hopped-up cask GA 2% weaker. 536312=2.9. Shandy-pale and fizzing with a dusting of sediment and shaving foam head. Crisp aroma of hop greenery and lime squirted on biscuits. Still and very bitter with notes of grapefruit and neat orange cordial with a peanut-inflected malt aftertaste. One of my biggest disappointments in a very long time. 636212.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 1     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 1   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 3
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : XX   Hay : 4   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : 2   Cereals : 2   Grainy : 4
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : 2   Spicy : 3   Floral : 4   Lemon/Lime : 3   Grapefruit : 3   Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Incredibly fresh, bready, citrusy, elegant, complex and aromatic golden ale. Delicious in every sense and almost as good as cask ale gets in my mind.


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