chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at Woodies Beer Festival, New Malden on 21 August 2010. Pale gold. Excellent condition. Flowery aroma. Robust bitterness on the palate. Fair amount of tart citrus. Good balance between delicacy and intensity. Very refreshing. Don’t know how much wheat there is in here but I didn’t spot it at the time.
BeerViking (1429) - Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loads of hops on the faintly lemony nose give way to a slightly sweet body with grapefruit and peachy malt coming through, and then there’s a big hoppy dry afterbite.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fruity hop nose. Surprisingly drying. Long and malty in the mouth. Quite delicious.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Volunteer Arms, GBBF 2009. Pours a pale golden color with a small longlasting white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma. Smooth fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Cat’s Back, Wandsworth, 12th Oct 2007. Gold with a white head. Aroma of hops, oranges and barley. Refreshing hoppy taste but a bit flat. The Cat’s Back have lost their way when it comes to keeping beer in good condition, so I suspect this would be better elsewhere.
Fin (6180) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Oxford Beer Festival 12-10-07 Thanks to Glen who went and fetched this for me whilst I did a little stint behind the Foreign Beer stand. Poured pale golden, great aroma of grapefruit wafts out from this. Tasted lovely a perfect balance between wonderful sweet maltiness and lovely juicy fruitiness with nice crisp refreshing zinginess every so often to just wake up and refresh those taste buds along with Appleford River Crossing one of my beers of the evening and a great recommendation from Glen.
imdownthepub (8492) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Oxford Beer Fest ’07. Clear pale gold with white head. I really loved this beer, its superbly hoppy and dry, just the way I like it, a bittersweet background, thin anda touch Burtonised and a slight fragrant wheatiness. Then the hops and lots of them, grassy, grapefruit and luscious, an absolute belter and my beer of this festival.
hughie (3994) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Bedford BF ’06. Very pale gold with a small white head. Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Sweet, malt taste and minimal bitterness. Good summery beer.
ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Magpie&Crown, Brentford, W. London, on 2 September 2006. It turned out the freshest beer available that day.
Appearance: dark yellow in colour, slightly murky, coming with a nice and sustaining white foamy head and low carbonation.
Smell: lovely grapefruity aroma and a touch of elderflowery scent upfront... a swirl brings out a lemony, dryish mineral/flint-stone note of dry white wine (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc)... slightly sulphurous at the back. Very pleasantly hoppy and fruity.
Taste: juicy grapefruits on top of a milder lychee-like fruity hoppy base, with a mild trace of lemony Sauvignon Blanc (exactly like on the nose) plus tropical fruity Gewürztraminer ... slowly leading towards a mildly spicy (Goldings-like), and grapefruit-zesty tangy bitterness lingering with a good depth. However, it doesn’t stop here, no--a pinch of salt gives a kickback in the long aftertaste, with refreshingly biscuity maltiness to follow the main theme of hops. Very nice indeed...
Palate: refreshing on the mouthfeel, with lots of tiny fizziness to chew on the tongue... yet the hoppyness also renders a soothing and flavoursome palate. Overall, a very quaffable and nicely hoppy Blond Bitter--delicious!! I rarely drink more than a half pint of the same beer in a free house offering more than four micro-brews, yet I paid for 3 halves of this beer...
P.S. Only after writing this note at the pub did I gather from the brewery’s website that it’s actually brewed to be a wheat beer, with wheat malts constituting 40% of the grist!! Crikey!