Brewed by Dark Star
Style: American Pale Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
A blend of Centennial, Liberty, Cascade, and Citra aroma hops by the sack full then dry hopped during conditioning using our Hoptimizer (Industrial sized hookah).

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 21, 2012
On keg with husband. Basically stole it from him. Its golden with a white head, smells really hoppy. Taste: Lots of fruits, really bitter. A real incredible beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pikkio (11) - ITALY - APR 19, 2014
Hazy amber with a white and fluffy head. Aroma of tropical fruits and resins with agrumes notes. Body is a bit viscous but refreshing. Tastes a lot of fruits, but has strong malty hints which recall dried fruits rather than fresh fruits. Agrumes and resin comes again within a dry hoppy finish which is not too bitter though. A very well balanced beer, drinkable, tasty and not too bitter. defnitely recommended .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (4889) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Golden coloured with citrus and pine flavours followed by orange marmalade on the finish. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Silky cereals merge into poignant citrusy hops, as delicate elderflowers move effortlessly into resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam lingers atop the misty gold.
-These guys always develop wonderful cereal flavours, no matter what beer they brew. Amazing.
-Style-wise, you could say this is midway between an American-style Pale Ale and an Golden Bitter. What matters most though is that it is superb.
-The low carbonation and slick mouthfeel make for supreme drinkability.
-Hops also share an orange-like floral character.

On cask at The Tower, in St. Leonards, and by gravity cask at Middle Farm (East Sussex).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGuru37 (5) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017 does not count
Cask ale with multiple hops. Served at the right temperature, this really stimulates the taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1879) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London on 18th January 2012. Clear amber with white foam head declining to a ring and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma was lemon citric, rich with maltiness and a touch of cheese. Main taste in-mouth was richly hoppy, savoury notes present and intense cheesiness - cheddar. Slight saltiness. Finish very hoppy - grassy and bitter - cheesiness decreasing to leave a delicate lemony finish. Zingy mouthfeel. Absolutely exquisite - one of Dark Stars best beers in my experience!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sustainablealc (5) - Manchester, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2012 does not count
Pint at Mason & Taylor. Smells pretty fantastic, immense floral hops. The taste doesnt quite live up to the nose and so I enjoyed it more while it was cold!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (14027) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Old Fountain, Old Street, London. Gold with white head. Full on drying hop flavours from the off, flowery, leafy, sneeze inducing on a rich malty body. Demanding on the palate, lots of passion fruit, kiwi fruit notes. Smashing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Harp. Almost clear amber/gold with a lively unsparkled whlte head. Massive hoppy aroma and plenty of flavour to follow. Piney resinous bitterness and strong alcoholic sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Cask @ Craft. Clear and amber yellow. Citrus hops aroma. Grass, then orangey citrus, lingering bitterness ending in slight marmalade. Like this one!

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