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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: American Pale Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Cask & Cold Filtered Bottle; Regular.
Typical of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine, this wonderful South Pacific Ale has a great grassy nose with kiwi fruits in abundance. The wonderful fruity mouth gives way to a great bitter finish. 5.2%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
24th December 2007
Low carbonation. Fruity beer - intense hoppy dry finish.Perhaps a trace of Kiwi but it’s not as obvious as the description says.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Handpump at Cask Pub & Kitchen. Gold with a firm white head. Brilliant tropical and vinous aromas and flavors. Sturdy but dry malt character. Nicely hoppy but not too bitter. Fantastic pale ale and a perfect use of Kiwi hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. Hazed orange-amber pour with a tall, frothy white head. Aroma is odd. Tropical fruit, orange juice, floral hops and hop resins make up the bulk of the aroma. Taste is bigger tropical fruit and stronger orange juice. There’s more hop resins and floral hop notes as well as sweet malt. Body is light-medium, slightly oily and somewhat crisp with velvety carbonation. Finishes with more big fruit notes, flowery hops, hop oils and sweet malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Fresh bottle. Pours a crystal clear, standard pale golden color with a tall, frothy head of eggshell tinted foam. Slowly fading away, the head leaves sticky, feathered swaths of cobweb lacing all over the glass. The nose is delectably clean, with an easy going, fresh white bread toast and subtle grain malt base providing the perfect backdrop for ample grass, lemon, and mango hops. There is a hint of dankness to the profile, though the lemon cleans it up nicely. Flavors follow right in line, expertly balanced between the peppery, grassy, lemon-kissed Sorachi Ace hops and the clean, very lightly sweet bread and cereal grain malts. A hint of oily citrus rind counters the dryness of the bready, doughy yeast profile nicely. Clean and easy on the palate, the moderate body and average, persistent carbonation are perfect for the style, leading their way into a dry, lengthy, bitter finish. Good stuff. I’d love to try this fresh at a pub in England.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a pale gold with a large head. Aroma is hoppy, grassy and tropical fruits, found the kiwi. It’s nice enough but can’t find much flavour, some grass to start and some kiwi after. Medium bitter finish. A little thin for the strength.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bright gold with thick white meringue head. Sprouty malts and herbal floral goodness as per NZ hops. Wow is that ever perfumy. Silky and slightly oily palate works here, has nice body. Well-balanced. The finish is perfume and some chalk but not in a bad way. The malt and hop combo make for a session experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
[3271-20100803] Cask sample. Lemon yeasty hops aroma is quite fragrant with hints of sweat. Clear, yellow brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter lemon juice hops flavour has a long bitter citrus aftertaste. Medium body is quite bitter. Palate cleansing but good, drinkable.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
Golden ale. Thick rich head is gorgeous - you never see a head like this in Britain. The aroma is floral, a nice mellow sauvin experience. Good bitterness. Fresh earthy hop with only mellow vinous sauvin character. Dry, earthy, leafy finish - typical Thornbridge - this is nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2010
Draft at Euston Tap. Pours a clear gold with a fine, white, fluffy head. Light malt and grassy hop aroma. Flavor has mild sweetness but plenty of earthy bitterness. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Finishes clean, with straw, grass and earth hops and some more light malts, along with modest drying. Really good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4584) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2010
(Cask at Cask & Kitchen, London) This was quite herbal brew. Herbalness and grass brought to my mind some German pilseners. The fruitiness softened the herbalness nicely and bitterness wiped all the flavours away. The bitterness didn’t last too long. Very good beer and enjoyable and easy to drink.


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