Formerly brewed at Greyhawk (prev Copper Dragon)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Skipton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottled; Regular.
NOTE: Originally available bottled and in cask at 4.8%. In mid 2012 the cask version was replaced by Challenger (q.v.) - without the IPA suffix and at a reduced ABV of 4.0%. The bottled version was subsequently replaced bu IPA at 4.0%.

A truly traditional premium ale brewed to revive flavours enjoyed by our Victorian ancestors. Full bodied and fruity with subtle hoppy undertones.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (7230) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 13, 2009
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate but pleasant fruity aroma of Challenger(?) hops, also notes of butterscotch and fudge, hints of candy. Light bodied, thin mouthfeel. The flavour belongs to a standard bitter (in a blind test I would probably have guessed that the ABV was closer to 4.0% than 4.8%), moderate malts and hops, slightly fruity - but the hops are certainly not plentiful enough to justify the label "IPA". The troops in India in Victorian times would probably not recognise this as an IPA - but the average bitter drinker in a modern English pub will probably be satisfied with this one as a "somewhat-stronger-than-average" session bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2009
Pint at Bodega, Newcastle. Id already had two good IPAs before this so I think it suffered a bit in comparisson. Standard IPA golden pint, small white head. Taste is fairly sweet, and very little in the way of hops, distinctly watery finish. Lacking any real punch or flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2009
Cask, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool. Very disappointed by this. Amber gold colour with a thin white head. Insipid aroma which was light citrus and soapy and really very hard to detect. Flavour was very tedious, muted hop and caramel malt. Just nothing interesting happening here. Lacking in any charm and a bit of a chore to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12372) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Thorups lklder, rhus.
Pours hazy golden with a small, staying, creamy, white head. Sweet wet hoppy aroma, light maltiness - quite bready. Fine, creamy mouthfeel. Nice flavours, elegantly hoppy, dry, flowery feel, some bready malts and a little caramel. Actually quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - OCT 31, 2008
Gravity cask at Swindon Beerex08. Lovely aromas of vanilla and cereal, Flavours of milk chocolate and cereal with some balancing bittering hops. A different beast to the bottled version by the sound of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden with a healthy head. Spicy and bready aroma. Good bitterness, rye bread flavours. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a slightly hazy amber with a white foamy head. Buttery malt on the nose with a fruity tang. The malty palate is again buttery, but becomes much more bitter and hoppier through the swallow. Like yalnikim say, probably a bit past its best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle at Aarhus lfestival 2008. Clear copper colour with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma and taste of fruits and caramel with a slightly hoppy finihs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17968) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Aarhus beerfestival. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt and hops with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2008
Tasted 02/05/2008 (dont know where May Day went...). Pours a bright gold with an airy white head. Laces nicely. Muted nose of mineral and yeast, slightly floral spicy hops. Stewed caramelly malt flavour suggests its a little past its best but the spicy hop flavour and very firm herbal bitterness keep it drinkable. Seems like a very pleasant Best Bitter that just didnt get the best journey to me.

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