Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Special.
Brewed to commemorate 21 years of Robert Deuchar’s inspirational Pale India Ale being reborn at The Caledonian Brewery.
Sparkling golden pale beer, lemon citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Lemon sherbet on the tongue followed by a luscious mouthfeel of zesty tingling and ending with a lingering dry bitterness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, - NOV 18, 2012
5,2% deep amber colour with a good head, hoppy aroma, bitter floral hop taste.

downender (8687) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol October 2016. Deep gold in colour with a moderately sized, off-white, head. Sweet aroma of orange fruit and floral hops. Flavour was also sweet with caramel, yeasty fruit, earthy malts and a moderately bitter finish. So so.

madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
22nd October 2016
Playhouse Spoons. Cask. Imperial IPA - very funny! Clear gold beer, thin pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. Trace of bubbpegum esters amid the mildly sweet malts. Tangy fruits. Dry floral, mildly bitter. Light dry finish. Estery linger. Marvelous IIPA.

BeerViking (4908) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Cask at the P&H, golden amber with a lasting loose head, papery woody nose, dry lightly sweet and papery body, a little lemon and honey.

Towey1989 (2935) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) 5.5% ABV. A clear pale amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, some honey, slight grain, a little apple, lemon, a hint of dried dark fruits and subtle spicy hops. Taste of caramel, fruity, honey, some dark fruits, slight apple, wood, a little nuttiness, a hint of brown sugar and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, fruity bitterness in the finish. I’ll say that it has complex flavours, lots of sweet, maltiness with a subtlety of citrus and spice but other than that it’s hard to drink, slightly boozy and sickly. Prefer the standard deuchars.

CHMSJD1 (3) - - OCT 18, 2016 does not count
I enjoyed a Festival 1/3 pint of this in the Sir John Oldcastle, London on Sunday. Does this count as the same beer as described here on Ratebeer? Wetherspoons rate it as 5.5% rather than 5.2%. Their tasting notes describe it as ’This new pale golden beer has been brewed to celebrate 25 years of the iconic Deuchars IPA. The complex aroma of floral, spicy, earthy and honey notes leads to robust bitter flavours, balanced by hints of honey and a profound, lasting finish. Hops: Goldings’

berkshirejohn (6532) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Cask at the Queen Hotel (JDW), Aldershot. A slightly hazy straw coloured pour with a thick white head; floral aroma with some honey; sweet and grainy taste to start, but becoming sour and earthy; then a touch of spicy bitterness to finish and some warmth.

Stuu666 (13631) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours clear amber, nose is floral, cereal, toffee, vegetive, taste is hugely sweet, floral, toffee.

SarkyNorthener (4674) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
[email protected] arms, Cannock. Amber beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma of malts and some fruit. Taste is stewed fruit, caramel, malts and a little alcohol. OK.

Scopey (14990) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Cask at The Counting House. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The aroma is brown bread, wholemeal cracker, rivita, all-bran and weetabix. The taste is bitter - sweet, brown bread, tangy orange marmalade, candied lemon, apricot, toasty grain, muffin and cereal with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Not bad for a malt-forward bitter.

theprof (1014) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Cask. Relatively faint citrus notes on balance but grapefruit is there just. Pours golden with white foam too, lace diminishing. Taste has a hoppy bitter edge that lasts in the pala. Strange to say, I prefer the standard Deuchars IPA.

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