floydian1 (918) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from First Choice into footed pilsner glass. Make sure to remove the bottle from the fridge a good 15mins before drinking to really enhance the flavour integration. Its pours orangey gold with a moderate loose off white head. Nose of honey malts and floral hops. Smooth light-medium bodied palate with very well balanced flavours of buttery caramel malts and a complex lingering earthy hop bitternes to the finish. Some citrus orange tartness in there as well. Extremely more-ish and sessionable. In Australia, this is the closest facsimile of a genuine cask conditioned real ale drunk in British pubs and I can pay no higher complement than that. Pity it’s so expensive over here.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Bottle from Waitrose. To me this tastes nothing like the unpasteurised cask version. Many brewers (such as Fullers) up the strength of bottled versions of their cask ales to compensate for the loss of body and flavour. This beer is actually weaker than the cask version and is a real double whammy IMO.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - DEC 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber and lasting white bubbly head. Malty caramel and earthyhops aroma. Some citrus flavours and puckering hops. More noticable sweetness towards the end.
Rune (7956) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. Deep, copper-amber body over a gradually fading, beige head. Nice smell of earth hop resin with a touch of grapefruit coming through. Initial taste of grapefruit shells with a smooth bitter support. Soft carbonated. Well balanced and good, but can not match a well kept cask version [10.11.2008].
swooper (1248) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
caramel, cereal, amber, rocky head, frothy, white foam, medium bitterness, medium body, bitter, long finish, Gift from Yorkshire graet beer
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Tesco. Should be renamed as it bears little relation, or indeed comparison, to its superior cask cousin. Copper-brown colour with a head that disappointingly vanishes almost instantly. Intensely hoppy aroma with little or no malt character coming through. Flavour is very bitter and sharp hop with a dry bitter finish. Lacks any decent body. Go for the cask every time.
Quack-Duck (7793) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, Waitrose Sidmouth. Clear copper-brown colour, mid-sized head. Fruity and malty, hints of caramel and raisins. The finish has got some rather intensive and spicy hoppy flavours. Well-balanced, a good one.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a nice copper colour, small head. Taste and smell are similar, bitter and a quite sharp finish, some sugar and malt in the background. Reasonable.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours classic pale ale red/orange, with a fizzy head that lingers. Hoppy malty nose, smells quite sweet. Very nice mouthfeel, hop flavours come through strongly and bitterly, with a background of malt. A very drinkable, tasty excellent beer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is an inviting malt, with a leafy wet hops, dark amber, pours a small off-white head. Flavour is a woody malt, mild fruit, the hops figure in with a resiny bite. Light bodied, perfectly balanced, extremely well made, superb mouthfeel, fresh as you please. Fabulous! Thanks so much Roger Pettit.