sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - SEP 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle brown, 500 ml. A new version in a new bottle design in a higher alcohol content of not 3.7% but 4.5% abv. Matured in a bottle for a fresher taste.
Appearance: Pours bright golden, hazy - yeasty body texture with a gentle carbonation and moderate, slighty off white, thick and regular, frothy head, slowly collapsing and leaving quite thick, nice lacing. This doesn’t look like a bitter in its body colour being more like a mild ale or a golden ale/blond ale on a verge of bright amber ale.
Aroma: Gently fruity, mainly citrusy - hoppy, refreshing accents with gentle, honest, earthy - grainy barley background, focused gentle hoppyness and bitterness hiding and very faint on the top. Gentle note of ink. Gentle skunk being very surprising for a bitter. Simple.
Flavour: Its a negative step that they made the level of the alcohol higher, now the beer become moderately and though considerably alcoholic at front creating a harsh impression together with a bitter beer profile. Tastes similar to a malt liquor if tasted with the eyes covered and if not this more sophisticated fruityness of pineapple, clementine, orange, graphefruit and fresh rounding malted barley touch on palate, leaving some kind of cheap skunky hoppy accent, not worth its price, definitely not worth buying again. If you would like to have something good fron Wells&Youngs dont’t buy it. Accidity like in poor lagers from brewing cereal. It’s a pity it costed so much.
Palate: Body is light, texture is wattery, carbonation on palate is poor, tastes like a sud among bitters of England. Stiff nasty dry and harsh astringent palate.
ALLOVATE (2550) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes alone. Tried this back in September ’07.
’Honey gold and slightly hazy. Head a furious fluffy white tower that keeps and mucks up the glass. Sweet caramel and Anzac biscuits, some sourdough and rosewater on the nose. Tangerine sharpness and soft notes of marmalade mainly on the thin, though creamy and soft palate. Back end shows some flowery, earthy hops; the bitterness a little too tame. It hints at chive damper in the aftertaste with more marmalade lingering long. The flavour softens the more you drink it, burnt caramel comes through. It is so easy to drink. Managed a few pints with the brain turned off. Surprisingly good, session Bitter.’ (50cL, 31/03/08, The Beer Store Morley)
twilliams (1) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2008 does not count
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad for a standard bitter. Easy to drink another, and the abv lets you.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (500ml). Poured a golden orange with a very thick (almost creamy), fluffy, white head which lasted extremely well. Aroma was of sweet bready malts with tangerines, blood oranges, marmalade, toffee and a hint of English hops. Flavor was an extremely light hop bitterness (earthy) with sweet/dry biscuity malts, oranges, marmalade, caramel, some light metallic notes and a crisp, clean finish. Light bodied with lively carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, watery texture and a very short finish. A touch to fizzy (over carbonated) and quite thin.
CH-303 (1588) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Appearance: Musty, pale brown. Nice amount of head.
Aroma: Hopsy, citric, fruity.
Taste: Not much, hopsy and fruity. Bitter aftertaste.
Info: 660ml bottle, 14/9-2005, 12/300
alexcandy (61) - Whitstable, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy in appearance. half inch head sulphur aroma. Long lasting finish.Its ok and I would drink it but not my first choice.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - MAY 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Prodotto tra i più classici di Young’s, questa si lascia decisamente bere per quanto riguarda la gradazione alcoolica (3.7%) che tuttavia non le ruba carattere e ciò (visto che è una ale commerciale) è uno dei grossi punti a favore. Uno degli unici punti a favore direi, perché per il resto si tratta di un prodotto piuttosto insipido e non molto raffinato; aroma lieve, sapore non molto deciso con note di toffee stemperate da un leggero agrumato+luppolerie non così convincenti come si dovrebbe. La Young’s fa birre migliori; comunque gran bella curiosità e bisognava assaggiarla.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice easy drinking session beer. Alcohol is not too high at 3.9%ABV. Simple, clean fruit and malt aroma with some earthy hop character. Clean refreshing on the palate with a good balance of malt and hops. Went down very easily, wished I’d had another one.
TrefwoordPunk (820) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2008
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear golden with a small head and no aroma. The flavor isn’t very special too. No malts to taste but somthing that might be nutty or coockie-dough or something else. A smooth-drinking beer with a bitter finish. Drinkable but nothing special
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Fairly uneventful beer. Lightl flavours and aromas although the head and lacing was impressive; big, chunky and good persistence. Lager-like nose with a slightly off malt character. Flavours are very low key and I can’t pick much malt flavour. Mild bitterness on the finish.