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Brewed by Wye Valley
Style: English Strong Ale
Bromyard, England

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Mainly available bottle conditioned. Occasionally available on cask.
The fields of barley ripening in the sunshine; the hops climbing up the bines in late summer... It was sights like these that inspired Dorothy to create her Country Ale.
Made with all-natural ingredients, it’s a must for any discerning drinker who savours the summer and cares about the countryside.
This strong, full-bodied ruby ale can be enjoyed on its own or as a partner to red meat dishes, cheeses and even rich steamed puddings.


squidknuckle's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Superb. Incongruously poured a 500ml into a liter glass. Whatever. It fits! In this dim light I can find no exp date. Pillowy half inch light tan head. Slightly misty iced tea brown. Nose of lightly toasted wheat, rye, myriad nuts, pears, and banana bread cooling on a stoop far off; as well as fading hints of caramel, cocoa, coffee, and cream of cinnamon, again -fading- this beer is roving complexity. Mouthfeel is perfect. Balanced to its core. I’m compelled to compare it to all the other British pale/full pale ales available in CT. Its closest cohort is Fullers ESB, but the extra few percentiles of ABV give it a noticeable edge: more chewy, more dry, less raw bread, more brown cracker. Not as sweet as the delicious Black Sheep. Certainly more bodifull than Coniston Bluebird (my other Brit fave), but possibly as dry. Much richer than the refreshing St Pete’s Ale. Not as one-trick as the overtly hoppy Sam Smith Nut Brown. Easier to sink your teeth into than the subtle Pitchfork. Dead on in strength: 6%. Quintessential cool-whether pale ale when Fullers 1845 is just too much.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (4513) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
light sweet alcoholic aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, light sweet dry finish.may be too old.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hansen (6429) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Light amber and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Aroma is heavy sweet, some odd fruity notes too. Perhaps light hops. Flavor is heavy sweet, light bitter finish. Creamy texture.

3.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leebotton (181) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Barely any aroma. If anything, a slightly TCP tinged malty character. Looks good though, dark brown / reddish with a good amount of bubbles rising for the style. Thick, sweet, caramel deep malt flavour balances well with the bitterness from the hops. Can taste the alcohol, good full body, almost oily. A great standard beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (740) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
500 ml bottle at home. Stood for two days and poured carefully into a pint shaker, but still more cloudy than expected. Hazy brown, with minimal head. Caramel malt aroma with a splash of Cointreau. This is repeated in the flavour, along with dried fruit and nuts. Deceptively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but as a number of raters point out, this hides its alcohol well, and drinks more like a premium bitter, particularly as there is a hop astringency to the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich nuts, rich caramel, malt, hops and fruits.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1384) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle into a nonic glass. Nearly opaque copper colour with lots of chill haze, a thin layer of beige foam, and sticky lace. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel candies, molasses, orange marmalade. Flavours: rich malt sweetness, well-balanced by woodsy/earthy hops, toffee, toast, roasted nuts, freshly baked whole-wheat bread, dried apricots, a sweet and juicy plum, faint chocolate and coffee notes. Some pleasant oxidation--I’m pretty sure this bottle had been sitting there quite awhile--but it works with this English Strong Ale style. Well-concealed, alcohol, smooth and warming. A very tasty English ale overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1214) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
2011, bruine kleur, helder, ruikt en smaakt een beetje als een stout, rook en koffie, bitter, zoet, beetje mout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Black pour with a nice tan head. Long lasting head with plenty of lacing left behind. Malt and chocolate aroma. Creamy mouth with a nice presence of malt. Some chocolate in there for good measure. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (981) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
6.0% amber colour with a good head, malt aroma and fruity malt taste, good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1662) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with medium head. Aromas of molasses and toasted malts. Light flavors of malts, brown sugar, and a bit of biscuit. Bitter finish but overall nice balance. Quite session-able.


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