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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: American Pale Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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%


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear straw color - I can immediately tell this doesnít have much malt to it. The head is a frothy two finger white shade. The retention is solid and some decent (if inconsistent) lacing is left behind. Pretty good looking. S: This does a good job of showing off Nelson hops, and itís not even uber fresh! Notes of pine, lemon, grape skin, and some tropical fruits come through quite well. Not much of a malt backbone comes through in the nose. Some slight soapiness detracts, but otherwise this is a solid hoppy aroma. T: Hop flavor hits the palate immediately. Tropical fruit, some grapefruit, and slight herbal qualities are the main notes provided here. The finish isnít soapy at all, with only a mild, non-intrusive sweetness; actually, itís even a little juicy. The problem here isnít the flavor...itís the lack of flavor. While it is VERY pleasant and VERY balanced (Iím impressed how they hid the bitterness with such a feeble malt backbone), itís sadly too unassuming for its own good. Actually, you know what, I donít care...this just gets better and better the more I drink it. Itís delicate and subtle in all the right places. M: This is so light and crisp its unbelievable. Iím just killing this like itís nothing. The soft yet impressive carbonation is definitely helping it here - and thereís just enough of a dry finish to help it even further. O: If the flavor was íbiggerí so to speak, it would kill many íMurican-brewed pale ales stone dead. Still, this is more-or-less everything I want from the style. What a shame itís so expensive...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (1348) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear pale yellow with small white head- lot of bubbles. Aroma: hay, citrus, sweet fruits, malty. Taste: medium + bitter, grass, resin, citrus, fruits. Thin+ body. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (1113) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle, 50cL. Home. A sparkling pale golden beer with a medium white head ; medium retention. Fruits (citrus such as grapefruit, litchi), resin, herb. Light to medium dry bitter refreshing ; light sweet. Light body, thin texture, average carbonation, fruity bitter dry finish. Overall, a good fruity bitter ale ; refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GhostS (9) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 1, 2016 does not count
bottle // Aroma: rich summer flowers, grape, fruits. Taste: sweet honey, some green grass and hop. Good and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2016
From bottle. Pours clear lemon. Aromas of of straw, barnyard floor, citrus. On the palate; light, bit funky, violets, dry.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ipabr (110) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
I need try this again. I found it golden ale tasting. Not much hop to taste, the yeast dominated. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maersk (110) - MOLDOVA - APR 10, 2016
Straw color. No head and a little carb. Smells honey, grass, flowers and sweet white wine. More wine in the taste along with the same flowers and grass. Medium body with nice long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (521) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - APR 7, 2016
Look: straw yellow, slightly hazy. White head withe average retention. Aroma is all sweet grape. Taste: dry light to moderate bitterness with subtle fruity sweetness. Flavour: grape, some sweet tropical fruits, some fresh spicey herbs, sweet Muscat grapes. Finish is dry bitter with very light mild sweetness. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2121) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2016
Pours a thin head on a clear straw body. The aroma is tropical fruits, nice. The taste is a nice dry malt, moderate bitterness with tropical fruit sweetness. The texture is soft with low carbonation. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3841) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
500ml bottle @ the Grain Loft, Manchester Airport while waiting for a nail to be pulled out of the plane tyre. Pours clear gold, good white head. Good floral citrus hop presence, some grape. Typically easy-drinking APA with plenty of fruity colour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (445) - CYPRUS - MAR 1, 2016
Clear yellow body with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, hoppy, citrus, light grain and malt. Taste is sweet and medium bitter. Long bitter finish. Medium to heavy body, oily texture. Nice and very refreshing.


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