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Westerham National Trust Viceroy India Pale Ale

Brewed by Westerham
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Edenbridge, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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This is the first National Trust brand beer using malt and hops from National Trust sources. The malt is organically grown Westminster pale ale malt and the hops are Target and Progress grown in organic conversion at Scotney Castle. The inspiration behind this beer, the Marquis Curzon of Kedleston, was a figure of enormous importance. While Viceroy of India he restored the Taj Mahal. On his return to England he restored Tattershall Castle in 1911 and Bodiam Castle in 1916, both of which he left to the Trust. In his memoirs he wrote about a journey on horseback in India where he dreamt of drinking a beer: "At that moment I would have given a kingdom, not for champagne or hock and soda, or hot coffee but for a glass of beer". This is a true India Pale Ale brewed with lots of hops to produce a golden ale, hoppy and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7015) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2015
500ml bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours clear amber gold with a thick white head. Aromas of herbal hops, faint lime, wood spice. Taste is orange, bitter, light caramel on the finish. Medium body, quite high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HerrBierkoenig (676) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: 09.16 Pours clear golden liquid, medium frothy white head, Aroma: floral, citrus, light washcloth, Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, light to medium sour, metallic off taste, biscuit, lemon grass, citric acid, light grapefruit, Palate: medium body, soft to average carbonation, abrupt lemon finish, Overall: not very persuasive, did not truly enjoyed, but drunk it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
99smithsamuel (74) - - MAR 15, 2015
500ml bottle. Poured golden amber, clear with a large foamy white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, malts and orange marmalade. Taste is fresh, hoppy and bitter. Great blend of flavours. Kentish beer at its best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ForlornHope (216) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
50 cl bottle at home. Pours lively, bronze-gold in colour with a pillowy white head. Not much aroma, some bready malt and resin. Taste is crisp malt, some sweetness, then hugely bitter. Aftertaste of resin, more malt and a long, dry finish. Pretty good, really shows off the hops in true Kentish style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle from beermerchants.com. Nose is very bland and dosen’t remind much if an IPA, a bit sour smell. Pours clear orange with a medium white head. Taste has tones of tropical fruits and is very fresh and easy. Palate is mediocre, dosen’t really offer much. Overall a surprisingly good IPA which is very fresh and easy, though lacking some taste of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1741) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear orangey-golden amber colour, foam white head and aroma of malt, grain, yeast & some fruity, spicey hop. Taste is malty, grain, straw, fruity with some lingering peppery & grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer0clock (142) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Golden, not too carbonated, nice mouth feel, lacing, went well with curry, quite tasty, bottle at bottle shop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJestersBeer (2279) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a medium gold, with a white head. Hoppy, soapy aroma, faintly yeasty, caramel, grass, herbs. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, herbal aroma, caramel, apricot, grass, malt, yeast. Slightly harsh finish. (2014-05-14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
Bottled 500ml. Ales by Mail. BB 02/2014. Clear amber color, small white head and some lace. Fruity English hoppy nose. Medium-bodied. Fruity, typical English bitter flavors, also kind of yeasty twist. Late bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite enjoyable. Could drink these as a session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3769) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle: Aroma with citrus peel and herbal bitter hops. Hazy dark yellow to light amber color, creamy white head. Flavor is light malty, few sweetness, some pine and mainly herbal hops. Medium bitter finish. Less complex then others.

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