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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14844) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are bitter hops, fruits, citrus and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4923) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Herbal and piney hop aroma, a fruity touch of green apple. Taste is dry, herbal and piney hoppy, a touch of chalk, dry notes of green apple and fruit parings. Meets what I think to be the historic British IPA style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22640) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
Bottled (From AbM). Orangeish amber colour with a small slightly off-white head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, bread and some slight floral and nutty notes. Flavour is fruity, floral, grainy, bready and and a bit grassy with some herbs as well. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3428) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Light amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, light caramel and faint fruitiness, light thoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, faint caramel and light fruitiness, some hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and dryish, grassy hoppyness. Dryish PA with really nice hoppyness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3953) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at home (via alesbymail). Colour is orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours are fruits, grass, hops and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
500ml brown glass bottle from Dobbies. A well balanced and very enjoyable beer of the quality one has come to expect of Westerham. Good old fashioned beer. Hoppy and malty in decent but not excessive proportions. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (14040) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Pours a faintly hazy gold with a large, tight white foam head. Dusty malt nose with some dry, grassy hops. Light to medium sweet flavor with dry, pale malts, faint toast, some bitter grass, dry leaves, a bit of orange rind. Light-medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Finishes with a bit of fairly strong, lightly toasted grassy bitterness, citrus rind, mild toasted sugars. It’s OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (6422) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is moderate malty and hoppy, oranges and tangerine. Taste is light fruity and moderate dry bitter grassy hops. Medium bodied, low carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2012
30th December 2011
ChrisOs Christmas Tasting. Hazy amber beer. Good cream coloured head. Light dry palate, a little crisp. Light caramel malt. Mellow orange hops. Light finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2012
[500ml bottle, The Bottle Shop, Canterbury] Hazy golden pour, slightly yeasty nose, plenty of orange on the nose as well. Grassy hop on the palate, some apricot fruit, leading into a bitter, metallic finish. Decent enough, however [08042012]

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