Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Claude Du Vall, Camberley, 11/05/13.
Clear golden with a thin off white head.
Nose is caramel, grass, fruit notes.
Taste comprises light caramel, hints of orange, light sugars, malt.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, touch of bitterness in a dryish finish.
VastActiv (805) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Bitterness, sweetness, some hops and malts.
ration (1651) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
080313. Bottle at Pekko, Tampere. Pours hazy golden with a high head. Aroma earth, hops. Light bodied.
olio (4080) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle @ Oluthuone Pekko, Tampere.
Pours golden color with a huge frothy head. Aroma of grass fruits, goose berry bush and toffee notes. Flavour of goose berries, grass, citrus fruits and some mild caramel.
Mugen (47) - ITALY - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Birra beverina, molto amaro ma non persistente, molto leggera al palato, bevuta a Londra da spillatore classico
JCB (3798) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask pour at Craft Beer Co. Darkish orange pour, medium carbonation. A soft floral note to begin the nose, tapering off into modest bitters and a touch of malt. Body is a tad waxy, but smooth and enjoyable for the most. Flavors are a bit underdeveloped compared to some of the great session brews I sampled on my most recent trip. Modest citrus notes enliven things, and there’s a leafy tea finish that I usually enjoy in bitters. But something about it felt a bit perfunctory.
Frovigalning (2024) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Akkurat. It had a light taste of yeast and flowers. Similar taste, a bit mild but easy to drink.
rarbring (656) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: The smell has honey and peaches in it. Some sour grass.
Appearance: The beer is clouded pale amber, a white rather firm head that leaves no lacing and no curtains.
Taste: The taste is mostly fruity, apricots, lemon, some peel bitterness at the end.
Palate: Little carbonation, watery and with a small body, but rather refreshing a slight dry finish.
Overall: A lawn mower bitter? This beer was a real ale version and claimed to be only 3.8%, and for such low ABV it was not at all bad.
Note: Cask at Oliver Twist. Reviewed 2011-09-14.
mike_77 (1960) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Conditioned. A gusher. Light brown colour. Quite a strong carbonation. Flavour is impaired by the gas but a light malty flavour comes through. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A beautiful sunny afternoon on Friday 7th September 2012 saw my father and I join in R.A.T.2012 (Rail Ale Trail part 2). Split between three bars along the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury railway line: they had over 50 different beers to try: this was one of them.
Half-pint, gravity fed in the fest tent behind ‘The Odfellows’ in Shifnal.
Light amber, golden brown, you choose: a white head tried to sit on top, but failed to stay around too long.
Not too sure how this became CAMRA Champion Beer a few years back as it wasn’t any better than other beers on the day I tried it. Nice blend of flavours with the hops foremost in the smell and taste stakes. Well balanced and a pleasant enough session beer but nothing to set it apart from the rest of the field.