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Williams Brothers Paradigm Shift

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Amber Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Paradigm Shift is a Enhanced Red Ale. Enhanced with what you may ask?... Shed loads of Bravo & Calypso hops in the boil and for dry hopping, the ale gets it’s red colour and maltiness from high levels of Caramalt used in the mash. This is not your average red, it is brewed to challenge your conceptions of what a red ale is. This is not nutty, bland & watery but big & bold; malty but with a serious hoppiness to back it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2014
33cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - amber/copper with a nicely proportioned head. Nose - nuts and toffee but kept fresh with dry maltiness and fresh hops. Taste - fruit cake but then instantly dry on the finish which then develops a kind of dry herb or liquorice thing. Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy middle section and a long dry finish. Overall - good to see plenty of malt character in this as well as the hops. Not just a hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle. Honored to follow my man Mikey in to battle with this one. Pours Reddish Amber with a White head. Lovely stuff. Pronounced toffee backbone with very pleasant hops to keep er’ sweet. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MalcolmTucker (722) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. A distinctive flavour combination of sweet toffee malt and piney, grapefruit hops. Well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Burgers (286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Dark amber with very little white head. Complex, superb nose of hops, mixed spice, orange and grapefruit. Taste medium sweet and bitter .Mild carbonation. Medium body. Not hopped to death but decent bitterness lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Bottle at home. It pours clear red-amber with a thick dirty white head. The nose is fresh, jammy, red berry, light toffee and ginger snaps. The taste is bitter, wood, red berry, grapefruit, touch of toffee, resin, pepper and earth with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Well rounded and rather drinkable. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5113) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2014
330ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Toffee, pine, grapefruit and dried fruit in the aroma. Toffee, grapefruit and raisins can be detected in the taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (913) - SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.20):
Initially quite a hoppy beer with some light fruits and a hint of tropical fruits on top. There is a little spice in there and some citrus as well as some sweet malts and toffee. Further hops come through and there is a touch of biscuit too.
Dark amber to caramel brown in colour and very clear, with a thumb-sized head on top that had reasonable retention. It held well, slowly reducing to about half its original size and leaving some nice lacing too.
Bitter & infused with some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavours that mirror the nose well. I could detect some biscuit and caramel malts as well as some toffee too. Touches of sweetness come through aloneside some orange.
Smooth and quite a bitter beer with some alcohol coming through and a slight citrus tang on the tongue with moderate carbonation and a light medium body.

Not a bad beer with a hoppy and bitter taste , although as I mentioned it seems to be missing that something special that would set it apart from the crowd. Definitely a worthwhile purchase but I’m not overly sure it would be one that I’d pick up again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Very faint carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma of unripe banana, copper and blood orange. Sweet flavour of caramel and fruity hops. Thin body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. An unusual beer - not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Red with off white head. Aroma is very resinous, toffee, pine, apple and apricot. Taste of toffee, pine, peach, apricot. Quite bitter and a little sweet. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle @brew night with jeevan & allmyvinyl. Pours dark amber/red wit han odd almost sherry nose, you also get a hoppy bitterness to the nose and a wee touch of caramel so there is a lot going on. Fruity on the taste buds and hoppy, not a bomb but there is enough hops to keep most people happy, nice.

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