Brewed by Camerons (UK)
Style: Bitter
Hartlepool, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Challenge Ale is a dark amber coloured beer with a clever twist of orange.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle. Label read Best by 01/06/05. Small off-white head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Aroma was lightly malty, sweet and a hint of orange. Flavor was bitter, lightly malty, orange, and citric. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Clear, pale orange hue, near tea-colored, with a slim-to-non-existent head. Aroma: citric and sour at first, herbal, vegetal, no hops, and little malt, either. A typical ESB-type aroma, nothing special. Taste: very minor. Im a bit non-plussed, as I cant find much to describe here. Whats the "challenge"? Wheres the flavor? Supposed to be with a hint of orange, and there is that, yes, but its so small, and adds little to what little taste is already here. Mostly, Im left with what feels like an herbal tea blended with an ESB...or what thats worth... Light medium bodied, swift, non-descript finish....a bit of a dud, in my book. Not to be revisited by these tastebuds!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2005
(500ml bottle, best by June 1, 2005 (assuming the Brits do the Euro thing and go day then month)) Crystal clear light copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, bread, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, bread, orange, floral, light earthy. Watery light-medium body. I recognize that the orange is intentional, but for whatever reason, it comes across as too strong for the rest of this fairly mild beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (7356) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2005
Fuggle aroma(?), slight honey less dusty than other bottle conditioned english ales. Orange copper colouration, low creamy head. Hop citrus flavors- lemons oranges, good balance to grainy malt body. slightly fizzy. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Newly available to Ohio & a token of appreciation from Cavalier distributing for helping w/ their Cleveland trade show. Medium amber w/ a short lived white head. Herbal hops up front, caramel malt, & hints of diacetyl. Bready malt & doughy English yeast with a hint of lemony citrus. Very well balanced w/a toasty malt flavor up front, green apple fruitiness. Light herbal hop finish, some caramel malt; aftertaste is lightly fruity and malt flavored. Also some yeastiness in finish. Low carbonation(accounts for the lack of head), medium body w/ a lightly dry m/f. Very nice session beer. Not terribly complex, but flavorful enough for drinking in quantity, I wish I had more for now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2004
Dark brown color with near white medium sized head. Aroma is nice bitter aroma with peppery notes, fruits come up also. Fruity start in flavor, ends bitterly with some lasting spices in aftertaste. Nice standard bitter, maybe some more body and character wouldnt harm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Pours from the bottle with a fairly dark amber that makes the carbonation difficult to see. has afairly thin head ot start with. Aroma is oranges, dirt and some earthy wheat. The taste is a typical bitter with some notes of bread, oranges and a bit of toffee in the finish. Nothing special, but at least my sample was nice and fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2004
A nice-looking brownish red/dark copper body with a small head. The aroma is mildly malty and smells yeasty, and a lot like a lager. Im fond of the smooth finish, and the hops, although mild, are nicely balanced, even though it is not very bitter at all. Some fruitiness in the flavor, but nothing is very striking or original. Caramel, malts, and a mild hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Dark amber with small head that shrinks to an unimpressive lacing - yeasty aroma, with hints of hops and orange peel - very low carbonation - unspectacular, but acceptable flavor of a bitter - quite bready at first, making way for the subtle orange flavor and an increasing hop profile, leading to the bitter, citrus finish - starts malty and finishes rather clean - nothing amazing, but a well-constructed ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2004
This murky orange bitter was average at best. Aroma was old citrusy hops and some sweet malt. Body was medium and softly carbonated. Taste was bready malt and orange peel bitterness. The orange peel lingered on in the finish. Not all that exciting.

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