hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear, amber ale with a frothy, khaki head. This stuff smells a bit fruity, but tastes a touch like iced-tea with fizz. It’s not offensive at all. The bottle says IPA, but my nose and taste buds say English pale ale or maybe even a bitter. This one would make a pretty good session brew.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, not overly strong, fruity, earthy. Taste is medium sweet, some earthy, grassy, berry, not especially bitter. Medium body. Would make a nice session beer.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark bronze with a rocky off-white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is citrusy with pine and wood notes. Fruit (apricot?) and wood in the medium body with a dry, marmalade bitterness to finish.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangepeel, wood and christmas spice aroma.
Dark amber, low carbonation, fairly large stable head.
Flavor does not match the exiting aroma: Oranges and dry wooden notes still there but to a lesser degree. Spices and slightly dusty english hops are appareant as well.
Fairly light body and a slight fizzyness.
English hop and wood aftertaste
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Mark, the owner of the White Horse in London, England gave this to me from his cellar when I left his pub. At the time he gave it to me, it seemed like he thought it was from the moon. It was special to him, that’s for sure.
Devastatingly attractive. Dried herb in color.
Orange hits the nose first followed by cotton candy, coriander, allspice, peach, doughy yeast and a suggestion of cellar mustiness. Brilliant nose.
Obviously aged and incredibly smooth on the palate but the cellaring destroyed the hop presence. The flavor is faint, light in body but still delicious providing a light fruitiness throughout.
This beer was such a damn tease!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 a very nice balance between nutty, woody, warm malt, spicy, liquoricey hops, and plenty of plummy fruit depth. salty and dry in the finish, with an average level of bitterness. very drinkable and well made, undoubtedly the best coors product i have had.rer8: resiny, earthy dryhop nose with intriguing trappist heavy stonefruit. taste is bready, caramelly and earthy, rich, fruity and juicy like biting into a ripe blood plum. finish is nicely balanced between peppery fuggles and nutty, caramelly malt richness. quite salty to cut through the sweetness. bitterness is slightly metallic though. like coopers might have been once i think, a characterfully fruity but dry ale.
WhiteStar (37) - Swindon, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First brewed in 1820. Good balance. Fruity and hoppy. Full bodied satisfaction. Traditional. A good English bitter in the bottle. Pale Ale. Whatever.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned. A wonderful beer, with a decent amount of hops. Some fruity notes detected, apple and possibly orange. Some spiciness. Nice dry, bitter finish.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity at Derby Beer Festival. Cask White Shield seems to be a rarity. Thinnish flowery aroma, wonder if the hazy orange body is due to this being an early sample on the first day? Robust orange notes to the flavour, reasonable matl/hop balance. Guess I’ll have to try bottle conditioned as well to see how they compare.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish amber coloured. Loads of malts and hops in the aroma and in the flavour. Full bodied and full flavoured.