Brewed by Daleside
Style: English Strong Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bottled - pasteurised. Occasionally available in the cask.
Deep amber in color with a fruity aroma which brings a complex mix of malts and mainly English hops including Fuggles and Northdown. With a hint of barley wine, it is ideal to accompany food.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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 doesnt suffer from excessive carbonation. Could do without all the heritage rubbish on the bottle. The fact is its excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2008
The moral of the story here is not to judge a book by its cover - or a beer by its 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.
Appearance: deep copper to amber.
Flavour: Bready, peppery, earthy, a pithy orange hop flavour. At the mid palate there is a metallic note which isnt 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 wasnt for the metallic note it would be a 4.X beer easily!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3867) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2941) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6579) - 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 its very subdued, and mingled with a light caramel sweetness. Very even-keeled and quite drinkable. (#3100, 9/19/2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 Id expect from a well-crafted English ale. At 5$ per bottle, this would not be an everyday treat for me. Nonetheless, its by far the finest English beer Ive had in some time, and I find nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2009
It poured a deep amber color as advertised. It had little carbonation and not much of a head. To the nose it was sweet with almost a floral accent. First taste on the tongue was brown sugar and then maybe some fruit after notes. I didnt think it was at all bitter, but I am accustom to American ales and IPAs. It seems to me that it delivered what it advertised and I wouldnt be opposed to buying it again.

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