hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
In my opinion this is about as good as a bottled English beer gets. For a start it looks beautiful. Secondly it has a wonderfully balanced range of tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, malt. Thirdly it doesn’t suffer from excessive carbonation. Could do without all the ’heritage’ rubbish on the bottle. The fact is it’s excellent beer. Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Fruity aroma. Deep copper colour with good head. Strong malt up front with smooth citrus finish. Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 23, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours to a bright, amber color, with a slight, white head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting with some good flowery and herbal hop aroma, with some good pale malt flavor. The palate is soft, with good biscuity malt flavor, paired with light touches of butter, flint, and some fruity esters. This beer finishes with more good biscuity malt flavor up front, then ends with some nice, pleasing hop bitterness that slightly lingers. Very enjoyable, very drinkable, very good pint of beer. One that would be very food friendly as well. bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2008
The moral of the story here is not to judge a book by it’s cover - or a beer by it’s bottle. The clear bottle that this came in was giving me the heebee jeebees but this beer was a pleasant surprise.
Aroma: mint, pepper hops were immediate on the nose. Toffee and pale ale malt were present under the hoppy nose. A slight metallic note from the hops was the only detraction. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Appearance: deep copper to amber.
Flavour: Bready, peppery, earthy, a pithy orange hop flavour. At the mid palate there is a metallic note which isn’t all that pleasant. Frirm flavour, balanced "bright" hops with the malt. A nice lingering mineral note.
Palate: a firm bitterness with rounded malt, nice complexity, good alcohol punch at the end of the palate.
Overall: if it wasn’t for the metallic note it would be a 4.X beer easily!
Appearance: Pours a clear, amberesque body with a frothy, cheerfully bubbly, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Initial notes of swiftly toasted, sparsely buttered biscuits with a hint of sweet, crisp toffee following close behind. Lastly, the spicy-scented hops and a tinge of fruit reach my aged nostrils.
Taste: Toasty biscuit malt tones with lightly sweet touches of toffee and brown sugar. Slight estery fruitiness. Little muttering of buttery diacetyl. Seemingly and assumed English hops with a light spiciness and harmonizing bitterness. Ripon Jewel Ale becomes a tad minerally on the sweetish, soft finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A very graceful, well-balanced, tasty beverage. I dug it, maybe you will, too.
nybol (2200) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
godt tør, og fint humlet med noter af korn. God smag af ingredienserne i øllet rauchbier (3889) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2002
Bottled. Amber bronze, good condition with a rocky head. Good spicey peppery hop aromas. Lots of hop flavour in the mouth with a good balance of toffee malt and a soft lingering hoppy aftertaste. Surprisingly good, but hides its strength well. Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2005
A very nice dark copper color with good head and lacing. The aroma is caramel, cherries, and toffee. The flavor is loads of toffee, peaches, and oranges. It has an oakey feel to it. This is very well balanced and I agree it would accompany certain foods well. A very nice session ale. Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle: poured a interestingly deep golden color, with quietly rising bubbles leading up to a firm roof of 3/4-inch rocky foam. The aroma is shy, but hints at a bready maltiness and a metallic bitterness. The first swallow is interesting ... a bit of grassy maltiness, but it’s very subdued, and mingled with a light caramel sweetness. Very even-keeled and quite drinkable. (#3100, 9/19/2007) BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2008
500ml brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a translucent lighter amber body with virtually no head to speak of. Smells malty with a strong herbal hop presence. Tastes sweet and malty, with caramel, nut, and roast playing parts, with a good portion of herbal English hops, especially in the finish. An easy drinker for sure - light on the palate with a small amount of carbonation. Tasty and refreshing. Subtle flavors and qualities contributing their part in perfect portion. Everything I’d expect from a well-crafted English ale. At 5$ per bottle, this would not be an everyday treat for me. Nonetheless, it’s by far the finest English beer I’ve had in some time, and I find nothing wrong with it.