Duchy Originals Summer Ale

Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Only available bottle conditioned.
Available exclusively in Waitrose Stores over the Summer months, this is a bottle-conditioned, un-pasteurised beer, with a small amount of live yeast left in the bottle.
Brewed with Plumage Archer barley, blended with a small amount of malted wheat, and organic Fuggles and Goldings hops from Belgium. English Target hops are added after the boil to produce an aroma both light and citrussy, but with rich undertones of marmalade.
For Duchy Originals’ Summer Ale, we wanted to create a delicate straw-coloured beer bursting with summer-time flavours. So it has been brewed with more than a nod to the hop, which has given it accentuated citrus aromas, followed swiftly by hints of dried fruit and marmalade.
On the palate, there are delicate flavours of grapefruit and melon offset by an almost pine like hop flavour and a long lingering finish. Bring on the barbeque!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2008
Dark amber with thin white head. Hoppy aroma with notes of vanilla, cheese, hops and sweaty socks. Cheese flavour with notes of hops and fudge. Firm english bitterness. Rock´n roll.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Svesse (8454) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2008
(Bottle) Pale amber colour, cloudy, with frothy off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of apricots, orange and citrussy hops. Slightly perfumy. Fruity taste with orange peel, apricots and citrussy hops in a rather short finish. Slight wheatish hints towards the finish. A decent summer ale, but hardly exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
From bottle. Fruit aroma, slightly metallic. Golden orange appearance, decent head. Yeast, honey with a hint of bitterness. Tangy finish. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2007
500 ml bottle. Amber colour. Clear. Tall fluffy white head that clings to the glass. Strong fruity and floral aroma. A mix of esters and hops. Bready malts. Very rich and surprisingly complex aroma and flavours. Crisp malt flavours. Notes of orange and toffee. Next to no noticeable hop bitterness. Very drinkable and great session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (24781) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2007
Bottled. Golden colour, very lightly hazy golden, firm head.Orangey nose. Medium sweet and lightly fruity with light bready malt. Some unpleasant boiled vegetables lure underneath a thim blanket or grassy, orangey hops. Vairly clean mouthfeel. The finish has a slight metallic edge, some sticky sweet orange marmelade and some light salty bitterness. Industrial and dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2920) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2007
bottle Deep golden with a slight haze. Low but firm head. Leafy hops on the nose with notes of oranges. Flavour is biscuits followed by a grassy bitterness. Somewhat watery. An OK session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thomat (3785) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2007
Pale yellow with a tiny white head. Grassy and hoppy tones. taste of malt and hops. Medium to light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (10382) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle from Waitrose, Thame, Oxon, 27-07-07 Poured golden in colour, some hops on nose, quite bitter and dry tasting with some sweet malts undepinning things. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25809) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Malty bitter hoppy floral aroma. Sweet malty bitter and hoppy flavor, with some citrus hints. Has a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2850) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle conditioned, my bottle came from RHS Wisley Garden. Poured a hazy amber colour, with ,no real head. Plenty of melon and orange in the nose very, very tangy in the mouth ,with a dry hoppy bitter finish. Not a bad beer.

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