BlackHaddock (4672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Update:16th Aug 2012: hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherpoons.
Having had a bottle of this some years ago I was intrigued to see if the cask version was any better: it was.
Mid-golden body with a head of white bubbles that tried to stay the distance. The smell was semi-sour citrusy and mildly malty.
Taste wise it fell nicely into the regular citrusy hop fronted brew so often favoured in the UK at the moment: then the malts kicked in and it wasn’t so hoppy/citrusy any more. So a pleasant blend of flavours and almost interesting.
May 2008: Brown 500ml bottle drank five days before its best by date.
Poured into a pint sleeve glass.
Pale for an English Bitter, almost lager like in appearance even down to the weak and thin white head.
Heavy citrus aromas, but not a sour grapefruit or lemon smell.
The taste follows the aromas, citrusy and almost tart.
Dry aftertaste and some metalic feel as well, the beer went downhill as it warmed.
Strange beer to me, not one I’ll look for again.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned handpump Cordwainer Northampton. A blonde to gold coloured beer with a nice white head and lacing. A decent citrussy hoppy beer. Grapefruit and lemon notes. A good length of flavour where the malts balance nicely. Tasty and well constructed.
ManVsBeer (5452) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Disappointing cask, the bottle has more of a hoppy character but still sour in the palate.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Off cask at Brunswick tavern derby. Smells like home brew and tastes just that little bit worse.
tombyars (1453) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled this premium bitter in the Salt Cot, Saltoats (JDW) in September 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Pale straw in colour with a thin white head. Slight hop note in the short aroma. Slick hop resin in mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt complex giving sweet but tart green apple fruit notes. Dry hoppy aftertaste with a bitter herbal note. Finish has a tart grapefruit pith dry on the palate. A poor session Golden Ale.
dynamiteninja (1662) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. The Three Legged Mare, York. Medium white head. Gold body. Citrus, apricot, hoppy, fruity. Bitter. Bitter finish. Not great.
tommann (2980) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pours gold with a medium head. Aroma is buttery citrus. Taste is a bit bland, some straw, a little citrus with a medium bitter finish. Prickly carbonation.
james1982 (2) - poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well distributed ale from stoke on trent, amber coloured, medium head, hoppy with decent strength. in the end quite light and refreshing, prestentation of bottle interesting, and unique.
Leighton (13514) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise, London. Pours cloduy gold with light sediment and a few bubbles for a head. Slight, zesty citrus nose. Lightly sweet flavor, some grass and pithy citrus. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Dryish finish, some grass, citrus rind. Average, poor condition.
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer dominated by hops, giving plenty for the palate to work on. Easy to drink refreshing ale.