Banks's UCB (Ultimate Curry Beer) (Bottle)

Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Banks’s U.C.B. uses an exotic blend of four hop varieties to give a rich, flavourful beer, with a delicious clean taste. Voted best beer to accompany a curry in the 1998 Beauty of Hop Awards.

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BlackHaddock (7690) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
500ml bottle: best before 30 Sep 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 11 Aug 2012. First half on its own, second half with an ’African style Lamb and Peanut Stew’ (medium hot). Bronze/copper/amber, you choose the colour, clear and clean whatever one you decide on. The head was thin but full, white in colour. The nose was a blend of hop aromas with an undertone of malts just below the surface. Good mix of flavours in the taste: floral hops towards the end of each sip with a more caramel maltiness at the start. I thought it OK without the spicey food and certainly better with it. Medium bodied and a pleasant beer all round.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2012
Bottled 13/07/12. A dark brown coloured beer which pours with no head. Has a definite spiciness but that comes from the hop rather than any actual spicing. A pretty decent big body as well. Some decent late fruits. Really very decent. Nice.

dogbomb (1254) - ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Had two bottles of this, so decided to have my first with a spicy curry - I’ll take my rating from the bottle I drank without food, but it must be said this cut through the spices in the curry quite pleasantly and the drink ended up being very sweet and nice. Drank on it’s own, the experience is very different. Light clear amber body with white bubbly head. Full of floral notes and a mild resin. Sadly, this is a bit much once it hits the tongue and it ends up being a bit perfumey. Great for cutting through spice, but a tough drink without food. Full of flavours, but not necessarily the flavours you’re after. Long bitter finish, which outlasts the perfume thankfully. I’ll pick this up with spicy curry again for sure - but I won’t be rushing to have a glass on it’s own.

Sensei_Tohru (32) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Poured into a pint glass, copper in colour with minimal head. Aroma is strong in citrusy/floral hops with an underlying bread quality. Taste is slightly sweet but dominated by cutting bitter hops. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with light carbonation. The finish is long with lingering floral hops. Overall, a beer that I’m sure would be good for a spicy curry, but I don’t eat particularly spicy food.

DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
From Crosspoint Aldi, shared with Keith. Clear bronze with a thin lid. Washing up liquid aroma, peach, slight leafiness. Sherbet-peppered card taste, almond, coffee. Poor strong beer destroyed by pasteurisation.

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle from Aldi, Inverness.
Appearance Copper amber, clear, thin white head, reasonable lacing
Aroma Citrus hops, sweetish grapefruit, sweet light caramel malts.
Taste Caramel malt, some citrus hops, grass, unusual herbal note, hint of pepper.
Palate Soft carb, thin to medium body. Finish of grass, citrus hops, rather rough and lingering.
Overall Good aroma but taste was not as good. The finish is rather harsh (perhaps the idea for it is to cut through the flavours of a curry), but a beer should just be as good with or without the curry. Might be better cask.

flying_pig (1647) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle (500ml):
Toffee & sweet malts, light tropical fruit nots, pear & some summery smelling hops plus a little bit of pear. Some floral notes and overall it smells quite sweet.
Clear light brownish amber with small, off-white, foamy head settling to thick lacing
Quite sweet and fruity but the bitterness masks this slightly. Some toffee malts and a little fruit rounded off with a medium bitter finish.
Medium in body and slightly chewy although, there is a tang on the tongue and a dry, bitter finish.

A nice beer overall although the smell is somewhat better than the taste & the rest of the drink is average really. It was a solid effort although I could probably think of better beers to pair with a curry.

tommann (3946) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
500ml bottle. Been drinking this on cask the last week and it’s been cracking. Let’s see if I’m let down. Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is orange with some boiled fruit.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle from Aldi. Pours amber with a thin head. A pleasant surprise, good blend of hops, quite sweet with a balanced kick. Good.

Martin243 (1222) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
500ml bottles from Aldi served cool. Amber with an offwhite head, fruity, floral aroma. Nice bitter-sweet balance with well rounded fruit flavours. Didn’t have it with curry, bur imagine it would go rather well. Very pleasant on its own.

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