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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: American Pale Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1506) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle. Golden color, white head. Slightly winy flavor which turns to bitter malts. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly different, but ok.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (4108) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a light white ring of head. Aroma is light clay, floral hops and a touch of cologne. Flavor is very dry and bitter. Light taste of hops with a bitter metallic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2011
50cl, English brewery, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex bitter brew, very fruity, yet easy to drink, balanced, clear, small head, nice brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12567) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
(500ml bottle, BB 3/7/11) Pours a lightly hazy straw body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, grass, spruce, and pineapple. Flavor of pine resin, nuts, grain, and earthiness with a dry, crisp bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2011
From tap@Olympen, Oslo as Thornbridge Kipling South Pacific Pale Ale. A thin grey-shaded blond top, upon a foggy brass colored body. Rounded and discreet aroma of tropical, grass and flowers. Some dry peppery malts to back up. Taste is clean and fresh, semi-dry light grainy malts. Subtle, yet distinct hop flavor. Exotic fruits, grass and earth. Fine bitterness. Medium full. Slick mouthfeel. Clean bitterness linger in the finish. Complex and elegant.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yog (4) - ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2011 does not count
Another disappointing bottle from the big boys. Lacking in any noticeable character. No nose, no malt profile, not even any noticeable hop profile. Pours ok, but then it should being filtered and carbonated to spec. Must admit to not being fan of NS hop variety, and probably would not have purchased had I bothered to read label. Couldn’t find the kiwi nor the grass. Would have preferred the wine.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Bright amber color, coca-cola head. Aroma of pineapple and citrus. Taste is bread with light spice and black pepper. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Sampled on 4/23/2011. This Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is citrusy, orange and fruity. A medium to light bodied pale ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange peel and grapey. The hops are citrusy, grapefruity and grapey. Yup it’s that Nelson Sauvin hop again, although it this beer that ‘character’ does not seem as pronounced. Lively carbonation. Good balance. Hints of orange peel and grape seed, but that could just be the hops. Clean and crisp. Some lingering bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus and grass. Flavor is citrus hop, fruity, caramel malt, and a peppery dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 12, 2011
A very sweet kiwi fruit and gooseberry nose and perhaps some white chocolate with a powerful hoppy kick at the end. Pours a light amber with frothy off-white head which sticks around for a while. Very sweet and fruity with medium body and soft carbonation. The bitterness and fruitiness would go well with a soft rinded cheese. Very easy drinking and perhaps more sessionable than Kipling’s older sister Jaipur IPA. I can see this being a very good beer with food indeed having flavours to marry light meat or spicy foods. The finish is slightly malty with the strong taste of gooseberries and passion fruit and the hoppy kick lasts tantalising the tongue to take another sip. A very good beer.


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