DruncanVeasey (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 íStrong pale aleí, 500ml bottle. Grapefruity hop nose. Like the blurb says, a full-flavoured brew. But on this evidence, one overwhelmed by its intensely bitter hoppiness. What am I whinging about?? Iíve just over chilled it. Plenty of mellowing caramel and rose coming through as it warms. But still not the greatest beer (or even ípale aleí or bitter) in the world I once thought it was (3.2) (Re-rate, 01/02/08) 3.2 ????Think I was having a tastebud malfunction. Stingingly dry and bitter, juicily citrussy, throbbing with hops. Green, lemony, sulphurous aroma. Shades of Church (End). Tomato leaf fresh as it warms. Intense character and balance from a filtered, pasteurised bottle. Tastes like itís just been pulled at source. And donít even mention that freshbread malty aftertaste. Bitter, complex, simple and sweet. If I rated based on enjoyment alone, this would be a straight 5. Beautiful bottled English beer 8484 4.1
UPDATE Redder amber than I remember it with a pillowy dimpled head. Strikingly pilsner-like coniferous hop, hay and honeyed malt aroma at first (chilled bottle), developing more and more Burton and sweaty Goldings as it heats. Celery, egg and ganja. Plenty of fresh hop character, spuce, chalk and lingering fresh bread maltiness...pretty pungent dry hops to finish, even 2K+beers in. Herbal and a touch soapy with just an occasional hint of metal that lets it down. Not quite the revelation it was last time, but an enjoyable and balanced beer retaining some of the character of its cask counterpart. And, unexpectedly (and probably part due to the filtering process), a pretty good example of what a pilsner should smell/taste/feel like. Lean, simple and good. 377314
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Just as I remember it and undoubtedly a classic of the genre. Nose shows some fruit but mostly about a mineral, musky chalky edge. Palate shows amazing minerals and a smokey slate character. The latter can often be found in high end dry Mosel riesling from Germany. Wonderful beer.
August 2006 (3.6)
Big creamy head holds good form. Golden amber in colour Ė very clear. Elegant nose of herbs, nettles and minerals, underpinned with fruity notes. Burton water like. Very complete to drink with more minerals. Again reminds me of a Marstonís Pedigree. Plenty of drive.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An attractive golden with a nice cap of off-white. There is initially some green grassy aroma, but that quickly settles into a pleasant farm smell. Warm hay, dill, old barn. Based on first smells, not great. Second smell, really good. Odd. Flavor is a soft light toffee malt with enough hop punch to keep it fresh and bright. Nice lingering pith. Itís amusing that the bottle refers to this as "strong pale ale". Strong as opposed to...water? Still, this was a nice ale with lots of substantial flavors going on. Based on my very limited sampling, I thought this was somewhat better from the bottle. Iíd actually be hard pressed to connect the two as being the same or similar beers.
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Nice and clean enough but little else to shout about. As a number of other people have mentioned, the label is also a bit misleading.
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clean, crisp aroma. Clear light golden appearance, good frothy head with good carb. Just the smell and the look of this beer is quality. The taste is excellent. Again very clean bitter taste with hops. I expect atleast one down side to this beer, but no I thoroughly enjoyed every drop. An excellent beer.
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very flat.Bitter with some gentle floral traces.Well balanced although the hops push there way to the front.The label says its is a strong pale ale which it isnít. Its anexcellent bitter.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brilliant amber with a rollicking frothy head that laced the perimeter. Off the top of the head it was all hops, hops, hops. As the head subsided there was some burnt toffee and pepper. Very dry and bitter, with some citric character. The bitterness smooths out and seems a bit more balanced as it fills the belly. Fairly full bodied for the abv. A short aftertaste but a lingering bitterness. Nice easy drinking ale.
bhensonb (11122) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild chamomile and hop aroma. Medium amber color, and a fierce head which reduced to a quarter inch. Tattered lacing. This is dry. A hint of lemony citrus for hop at the start. The bitter starts, and it finishes. A bit puckerish. I donít find it similar to the cask, in the sense that the cask is softer and less bitter. Also less fizzy. Really good stuff. Take it to a desert island.
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this on cask, so I decided to try the bottle. Itís very much the same as the cask, nice golden colour, slightly fluffier and larger head, but I guess thatís due to the carbonation. Good hoppy nose, some flowers, maybe some honey. Drinks well, apart from a little too fizzy, but palate is nice, long and bitter. One of the better bottles.
KnutAlbert (6110) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice bottled bitter, but a bit too low key for me. "Strong Pale Ale" according to the label, but at 4,1% it is neither stong on alcohol or taste. Probably excelelnt for sipping on a hot summer afternoon.