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

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RATINGS: 845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Herkybird (21) - YORK, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
On cask at the Punch Bowl, Stonegate York. I generally donít like IPAs much, but this one is quite exceptional; by far the best Iíve had. It pours a beautiful amber with a white head, has a nice hop nose and then delights the palate with a perfect balance of smooth malt and hops. It does not suffer from the excessive hoppiness too many IPAs have and just delivers massive and delicious flavour without any offensive characteristics.. Many 6% beers have an overpowering alcohol taste but this hides it well. I had to have second just to confirm how really excellent it was.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tachristie3 (3) - Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 IPA aroma reminded me of San Diego beers. Lovely drop.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sdavies83 (17) - - SEP 9, 2013
Wow. Hoppy bite, citrus zing, deep flavours and a fantastic floral aroma. Doesn't get much better than this. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Iíve always been a fan of this beer and recently I had some that didnít drop bright. There was a huge haze. It was marvellous. Citrus and tropical fruits, sweetness and bitterness, a classic beer - it seems obvious in a way yet itís the beautiful way in which itís balanced and the flavour unfolds. There is complexity and moreishness. Excellent brewing and I say keep it so you canít see through it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nutpea (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2009
Tried on cask at the coach and horses Dronfield.First impressions are important and this doesnít disappoint, so sick of íIPAísí that are 3.7ish % and copper coloured, talk about false advertising! Lovely colour, very very pale thank goodness! Very obviously not English hops used in this bad boy and hot damn itís GOOD! Passionfruit aromas followed by a sweet honey body with a mixture of pine and citrus followed by a nice bitterness, really easy drinking for itís abv and i finished off feeling slightly pished!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2412) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Bottled:
Clear yellow colour, dense head. Aroma is cookie dough, goose berries and tropical fruits. Taste is lots of tropical fruit (apricots, mango), pine, wood, resin. Crisp, refeshing, well balanced and very drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kikuzzo (142) - Bologna, ITALY - MAY 17, 2013
I believe in IPA.... ma cosž ti piace vincere facile! Ottima ed equilibrata, amara senza stancare mai mai mai!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2013
bottle at bierhuyske . sure i had this before, but did not rate it back than ? pours blonde, good white head smell is perfect ! very much mango aspects ( amongst other sweet, fruity, aromatic stuff ) good carbo . supernice hops. sweet, yet bitter, complex, yet sooo drinkable . awsomeness in a bottle !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
peterk (1) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013 does not count
A very nice IPA, just in my taste. The beer is well balanced without to much "flowery" hoppiness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 A lovely IPA. Really sessionable. Good hop measure; fruits, citrus and eldeflower. The balance is good however a little sharp and dry in the finish. Drinkability is good and mouth feel is moderate Consumed at Rake on tap and also bottle conditined at home, 19th March 2010. 3.7 Update 10th March 2011. My Brewery Tap. Bottle condition. Damn this is GOOOD White head, golden blonde stunner, aroma is citrus, baked bread, floral hos, zingy lemon, taste is stunning, grapefruit, lemons, honey, tropics, grass, gorgeous fanatical hop-bite, rolls off your tongue like sweet honey, fresh at the brewery they must hate to see this leave! A perfect beer to represent an empire.


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