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Thornbridge Karnival

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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: American Pale Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Brewed for the 2008 Peterborough Beer Festival.

Karnival is the latest beer in the Thornbridge Brewer’s Challenge, brewed by their newest brewer, Matt Clarke. It is a 4.7% amber ale reminiscent of the American pale ale style. Best quality American hops - Cascade and Centennial – provide floral aromas and those of spiced lime peel. The malt and hops combine to give a mouth-watering feel as citrus fruit flavours lead to a pleasing bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2008
Cask (gravity) Peterborough BF and Smithfest 2, 2008. Ticks the pale, fruity Thornbridge boxes with a hop stamp, albeit with a crepe sole rather than a steel-toecapped Doc Martin. That makes it a calmer and more contented brew compared to their usual output. Although you expect another hop kick, and in not getting it feel its undersold, it’s still analmost assured beer with real self-restraint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
Cask at peterborough beer fest. Alround rating: Pale and sweet richer malts, citrus lemon hop character. Super ronnie suprise, party shack of disco dance, 2 fingers on the ****, rochefort in hand, high five....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2008
A Mes rate: gravicask at Peterborough Beer Festival.
Pale gold with a thin white head. Typical Thornbridge blonde stuff really. The C hops are not as clear as I would like but there is a good amount of citrus showing. Decent level of bitterness. Straight forward and as a festival special this seems a little rushed to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Peterboro BF 2008. A light gold coloured beer with reasonable lemony hops in the aroma and taste. Fairly bitter and decent enough, but Thornbridge can do tons better and the chosen hops should also lead to a far tastier beer. Is it the festival’s fault? I’d err on the side of saying yes. It just tasted understated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2008
Cask, gravity, at Peterborough BF ’08. Gold. Nettly, citric hop aroma. Lemony taste, mid bitter finish. It’s good but predictable.

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