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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.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours with NO head so of course there is no lace. Just the opposite of what Granger10 got. Cloudy amber color. Light - Medium carbonation. Nose is smoky. Hoppy/malty start and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not worth $4.50 for the 500ml bottle, only a nice addition to my bottle collection.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Earth and plummier fruit in the aroma than in the flavor. Mineralized, very softly carbonated water with fresh watermelon malt accents and herby, vegetal hoppi ng make this very nice up front. Some lasting bitterness. Reduced fruitiness compared to some other ESAs, which are not my fave style. Also, a bit thin. Miles away from the rich dark plumminess of a Fuller’s Strong, but still pretty yummy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber colour, slight burgundy hue. Nice lacy white that clung to the glass to the finish. Big malty aroma, sweet malty taste with good bitter depth and structure. Sharp on the palate and refreshing for such a strong ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Cute pun, all right..."Goodbody", "(H)our glass (figure)" so, jokes aside, is this rather pricey beer worth it? (a whopping $5.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle where I bought it). Appearance: deep, dark brown body, clear in the light, with a small, faint head. Aroma: all fruit, sweetness and yum, but rather quiet. Taste:...and terribly mild on the palate, too, with a thick malty feel, and an oddly short finish. Strangely flinty. Mouthfeel’s actually heavy, although the flavor it carries is nothing to sing or shout about...nothing about it is...incredibly ordinary,,,speaks softly and carries a nerfbat. Although the taste is nice, bright, fruity, tasty, it’s nothing you can’t find better represented in other beers. I’ve got one more beer left in the fridge to try from this line, and I’m still wondering why they exist. Or are so damned expensive. I definitely don’t need another of these.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2227) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2012
500 ml bottle. A malty beer. Some fruit notes, caramel. The body is thick and sweet. This beer did not hold my interest.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Clear copper with small creamy beige head, nice circular lacing. A bit like drinking a weak port but nevertheless a very drinkable beer. some spicy wheat and hops in there Aftertaste is pleasant and rather gentle considering the 6 per cent strength.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle from the Beverage Castle, Tampa. <P> Has a bit of a fresh scrubbed glass, cleaning solution aroma, but that is muted. Stronger aromas include fruit and malt and a bit of caramel and sugar. The body is an orange tinted dark brown and holds a well formed thumb thick head that is quite lasting and very substantial looking. Medium sweetness with some very noticeable alcohol that gives a sort of dry chemical bitterness. Some dark fruit notes and a suggestion of spice. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Fairly decent, but the alcohol seems entirely too harsh for a relatively low 6% abv beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice, clean and very enjoyable. Copper in color. Very good ale. Big malt flavor with a slight presence of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Lovely mahogany colour with a great frothy white head and lace. Caramel, malt aroma.Lovely earth, malt, roasted, chocolate flavour. Smooth texture. Lovely beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Our Glass from the bottle at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a deep chestnut amber body with a medium whitish head. Nutty, sweet, hoppy, citrus nose. Malty, chalky, mildly tangy fruity flavors. Fullbodied and earthy in the finish. Very nice beer!


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