Brewed by Downton
Style: English Strong Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Cask: Regular - 6.8% & Bottled: Unfiltered - 7.0%.
Ingredients: Avon Valley water; Malted barley, Maize, Pacific Gem, Challenger, East Kent Goldings, Pioneer, and Fuggles hops, Brewers yeast
A traditional India Pale Ale, brewed with a hugely increased hop rate for a strong, floral aroma, and a powerful, bitter taste. This award winning IPA is seriously drinkable, but deceptively strong…. not a beer to be taken lightly! Strong, hoppy and refreshing. Bursting with hoppy resin flavours and citrus, this is an IPA with a bite. Light enough in flavour to be refreshing for the summer, yet strong enough to be warming in the winter.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (802) - Wellington, - JUN 1, 2007
Tasted 01/06/2007. 500ml bottle, Rumble’s. Left to vent for a couple of hours, after some pretty volcanic strong English ales in the past. Just on the pale side of golden. Creamy white head tries hard, but doesn’t stand at chance at this alcohol level (though that might be a different story if it wasn’t cellar temp). Citrus and stonefruit blossom hops fill the nose at first, followed by a rich pale malt character that is slightly caramelly and certainly a little minerally. Warming alcohol becomes prominent. In the mouth it’s richly malty, with a strong sappy, almost steely, hop character. More mineral notes again, with a prominent fruity ester and alcohol character. Quite warming. Intensely bitter. Lingering. Did I say lingering? Barley sugars make an appearance at this stage too, hidden amongst the tongue-scraping bitterness.. A great beer to introuduce the concept of bitterness and a classic English IPA in my opinion. If DAB is the ex-girlfriend who remains your friend, this is the mate that nobody quite appreciates. Damn it’s bitter!

SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
[email protected] great western, Wolverhampton. Pale yellow beer with medium head and patchy lacing. Aroma is grassy, yeast and malts. Taste is dried fruit, citrus, yeast and sweetish malt with some grapefruit. Decent.

labeerinthum (1147) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 25, 2016
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso incontra il luppolo ed il limone. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è notevole. Il cappello di schiuma ha una scarsa tenuta La grandezza delle bollicine è medio-fine e la carbonazione è media. La consistenza del liquido è limpida. Il perlage è costituito da poche bollicine fini spinte all’insù da una carbonazione morbida. Il colore è giallo dorato brillante. Il corpo è strutturato. L’amaro è deciso. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è piacevolissimo. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono luppolate per una "buona birra". Il finale è amarognolo. Il retrogusto è intenso. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, frutta secca, resina, agrumi, erbe aromatiche, pompelmo, limone e cedro. L’alcol sappiamo che c’è, ma non è per nulla invasivo.

gegwilson (3827) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Gravity at Newtfest 2016. Golden with no real head. Syrupy citrus aroma. The taste has citrus and more syrup, alittle aniseed and some booze. Moderately bitter finish. OK.

JorgeLee (2277) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Light golden colour. Pleasant enough, not overly sweet with a little English hop bitterness. Just a bit boring - seemed a bit of a waste of a 7% beer, have had plenty of 4%ers with at least as satisfying a flavour profile.

LoneR (31) - - SEP 29, 2015
High on taste, but a disappointment in other parts. A very sweet and creamy finish.

Cunningham (8526) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2015
Appearance: Almost clear orange golden color with a fine white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fresh citric hoppy, some pine and mild tropical fruity.
Palate: Medium (+) body. Fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Fine citric hoppy, some toffee, mild pine and mild tropical fruity.
Overall impression: Nice fresh and easy drinkable IPA.
Personal stats: On tap at The Philarmonic in Liverpool, England

gunnfryd (15483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2015
KRS 310115. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is pine, malt, hop. Flavour is pine, malt, hop, caramel, citrus. bitter finish. OK beer.

jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Starts hazy yellow as it settles into a light gold with very thick white head. A sweet aroma of citrus and some grains. A thick body with citrus hop, malts, grains, pine and caramel. A watered down aftertaste at first but the grains and light bitter hops return. Most intersting IPA I’ve had.

MarkoNm (3010) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a clear golden color, topped with a decent and semi-lasting white head. Aroma has some fruity notes, but herbal aroma prevails with some soury feel to it. Taste followes the nose. Mild fruitiness, slight sweetness but mostly herbal bitterness. Not the best IPA I had. Drinkable, yes, but not that enjoyable to be fair.

ForlornHope (546) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a very thin white head. Light floral aroma, perfumed, almost soapy. Taste is sweet, then has some dryness to finish. This is not a sweet beer, though, as the dry bitterness comes through straight away. Rich and malty but quite refreshing, like biting into an ice-cream wafer. Light carbonation. A fine beer that drinks like a much lower strength ale.

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