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Brewed by Durham
Style: English Strong Ale
Bowburn, England

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Also available occasionally in the cask as Magnificat.
Our interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Not too bitter with extra aroma hops for interest.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malts; Challenger, Target, Columbus, Golding and Saaz hops.

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4.1
rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Hazy gold, good rocky white head and moderate condition. Excellent IPA type hop aromas mixed with honey and yeast. Promise in the nose is rewarded in the mouth with good intense hop bitterness that never gets out of control, held in check by sweet honey and grapefruit that stretches out into the finish. And its good and strong.

3.3
pintbypint (3921) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
500ml brown bottle. Golden pour, hazy. Thin white cap despite a vigourous pour. Malty nose, caramel sweetness with only a faint suggestion of citrus. Taste has a marmalade-y mix of orange and lemon citrus hops over a light caramel malt base. Soft bitterness in the finish featuring orange peels and grass. Has nice English malt aftertaste. Light bodied, good natural feeling carbonation. Pretty soft and subtle for an IPA, but the site classes this as an English Strong which I guess suits the beer a bit more. Malts are nice though, hops are in the right places, but not forceful enough to hold my interest. It’s subtlety might be it’s strength depending on who you are.

3.6
gegwilson (3827) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Amber colour with some cream suds. An enjoyable IPA. Quite spicey with a nice bitterness and citrus notes. A solid beer rather than a spectacular one.

3.2
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice but moslty diminishing off white head. Aroma dominated by malt, but with hoppy notes. Nice hoppy finish.

3.2
planky84 (3493) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham. Cloudy orange pour with a white head that doesn’t stick around for long. Floral nose with hints of caramel, citrus and light hops. Flavours of orange marmalade, pineapple, caramel, banana, cloves. Quite fruity. Sharp hop burst in the finish.

3.6
john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 2), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2009 - as "Durham Magnificat" - also Bottle as "Durham St Cuthbert" - Hazy gold in colour. Rather Syrupy. Fruity; orange-citrus. Malty; caramel & toffee. Hoppy; floral and grassy hops; rather spicy. Very dry. Sweet fruity malty with slight bitter hoppy edge. Very drinkable. Nice beer. (2009-08)

3.5
danlo (3354) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
500ml bottle from the Cheese & Wine Shop Darlington. Poured a clear golden orange amber colour, frothy fine white head and aroma of spicy citrus. Taste is malt caramel with pine and a citrusy note, through to a slightly woody light dry bitter finish. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Quite drinkable IPA.

3.6
stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle from Nina’s Mini Mart, Edinburgh
Orange amber...clear...frothy white head...dissipates to thin layer..some lacing
Aroma - light aroma of citrus orange zest...some orange...sweet light caramel malts.....slight alcohol tang on nose.
Taste - Orange citrus...orange zest..bit of peach...bitter orange marmalade..juicy sweet caramel malts...slight toffee...touch of toasted malt...background light bitter zesty hops...alcohol noticeable but reasonably masked....not a bitter IPA more emphasis on fruits..
Palate - medium carb from bottle...medium body...bit oily sticky texture. Finish as main flavour with increased zesty orange bitterness in the moderate linger....some warming alcohol
Overall - I would give it a good swirl to get rid of some of the carbonation. A nice quite orangey IPA with a dask of marmalade and a light bitter orange zest finish.

3.7
joe19612 (3131) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a cloudy dark golden colour. Has a real fruity hoppy aroma. The flavour has plenty of fruit with a long lasting bitterness.

3.5
ThirstyBird (3019) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Thanks to Mark for this! Pours a hazy golden color with a light tan head. The smell is toasted malt, fruit. The taste is crisp fruit, citrus, toasted malt flavor in the middle ending dry and crisp. Then body is light+ with nice, fine carbonation.


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