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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Cask, keg & bottle; Regular.

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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ambrosemac (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Absolutely in my top five beers available. Of the ícitrusí age of beers this is up there as one of the best. This is a fresh drink, with good strength and lovely aftertaste. Maybe a little more malt to drag it to the top of the game!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
atrox (615) - Krakůw, POLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Clear, pale, golden colour with great white head. Strong, fresh hoppy aroma. Taste is also very hoppy with tons of citrus fruits. Taste is dry with medium bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
at_the_hop (109) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Schizophrenic. On cask itís all orange and challenging spicy hop finish - really good old school IPA. On keg it pours and drinks lighter and comes over as a really hoppy and heady strong session ale. Both very good but blind taste side by side and you would NEVER pick them as the same beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bjernhona (2) - UKRAINE - FEB 11, 2016 does not count
I prefer less bitter beers, though itís citrus taste brought me directly to trappists Tripels :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2006
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer Beer Fest 06. Orange golden with white bubbly head. Ahhh, you just new this was going to be good as soon as it was poured. The buzz was going around that this was good and to get in quickly, and I was certainly not dissapointed. Citric hoppy, orange zesty notes with a fresh dustiness to the hops. A gentle base carrying the bitterness and more hops, hops, hops. The beauty of it all had me drifting off, thinking of how IPA came about, the Empire, the Jewel in the crown, which was India and particulary The British Redcoats, for whom it was brewed and Rudyard Kipling who documented it with his poetry.<!-- br --> When the arf made Soldier goes out to the East.<!-- br --> E acts like a babe and drinks like a beast.<!-- br --> And e wonders because e is frequent deceased.<!-- br --> Ere eís fit to serve as a Soldier.<!-- br --> Serve as a Soldier, Serve as a Soldier, Serve as a Soldier.<!-- br --> A Soldier of the Queen.<!-- br --><!-- br --> If youíre cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,<!-- br --> Donít grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;<!-- br --> Be handy and civil, and then you will find.<!-- br --> That itís beer for the young British soldier.<!-- br --> Beer, beer, beer for the soldier .<!-- br --> . . A Soldier of the Queen.<!-- br --><!-- br --> ................. Part of lifes rich tapestry, cheers Fin & Loz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Crystal clear golden colour with a slim but lasting white head. Great flowery hop and citrus aroma. Excellent hoppy taste but in a well rounded way. Lovely juicy mouthfeel. An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1700) - 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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