maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Nottm BF. An orange/copper coloured beer with a sharp citrus hop aroma featuring some grapefruit notes. The taste is nicely mellow with clean thick alcohol notes. I noted some grapes (admittedly after Ian pointed them out). A well brewed quite sharp beer which if anything is over bitter. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.4
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with no head, light bubbling. Mild aroma of malt and yeast. No idea on how old this bottle is, but I have my suspicions due to bottling by King & Barnes (closed in 2000?). A bit flat. Flavor is good, malty citrus sweet. Very mildly bitter. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding either. As with the other K&B beer I’ve rated, this one would have done better with a touch more carbonation. Drinking deeper results in more hop bittering. Not bad. Only marking is on rear label, B04AFL. My local store has a stash of K&B beers for some odd reason.
ALLOVATE (2842) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The classic East India pale ale that helped make Burton-upon-Trent famous. This beer, along with Bass, Allsopp and Flowers, were the beginnings of a part of history it seems still remains shrouded in mystery. Tasted from the bottle and poured into an English pint glass, cool and not cold. Hazy and glazed looking, dark gold body with a high amount of fine carbonation raising up a huge fluffy white head, that persisted for the length and left gluggy webs of lace down the sides. Yeasty, toffee and sweet apple nose, tangy with a hint of melonous fruity esters. Sugary sweet, vanilla, sticky toffee and toasted malt in the mouth, a little overpowering, but thankfully it remained from becoming cloying. Lightly spicy and bready, medium bodied and soft in carbonation, the hops took a little while to kick in in the back, raspy, grassy and fruity mix, almost tangy before a malty and fruity swallow that was quite bitter and fresh. Not bad, a little too sweet for my liking but still a decent thirst quencher even with brewing being controlled by the Molson-Coors conglomerate. Easy drinking. (50cL, 15/04/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice suprise from tesco as i was recoommended. Aroma is particularly full, nice alround, but could only handle one or two.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head with lacing on the glass. Cloudy old-gold appearance and a pleasantly musty honey aroma. Malt and caramel in the taste and a long bitter finish. A warm day here in England, so I cooled this a bit more than I would normally do. Very satisfying after a day’s work.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight pine resin aroma, becomes more definite on the taste buds, where it is carried by a moderate malt presence. The malt and pine flavours linger on a mildly bitter finish. A nice beer, but lacking personality.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a tiny white head with reasonable lacing, light amber in colour with a soft hoppy aroma. Its a fairly thin beer, but well balanced and not unpleasant, some mild malty caramel flavours. Definitly not an IPA imo, but would be happy to drink a lot more of this.
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good bottle-conditioned English ale. Bronze colour, with a moderate lacing head. Classic English bitter aroma with plenty of malty sweetness. Full-flavoured, with the hops prominent. Some green apple notes in a generally malty middle before that bright bitter finish. Perhaps a little skinny in the palate. (Bottle)
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large head with scattered lacing murky orange body. Musty honey aroma. honey caramel with a distinct bitterness finish, quite metallic. Okay ish but not something I am likely to go looking for. Mouthfeel is quite rich.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A standard, average beer. Not powerful enough. Gets a little watery and thin. However quite complex.