Adnams / Firestone Walker American Independence Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Adnams
Style: American Pale Ale
Southwold, England


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Special - 2013.
Brewed exclusively for J D Wetherspoon at Adnams Brewery, Southwold, by Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing Co, Paso Robles, Califonia, USA

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20591) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Cask at the Moon Under Water, JDW - London. I finally tracked this sucka down! Pours totally clear gold with a staunch, foamy white head. Big dank hop nose, plenty of ripe citrus, a bit of orange, perhaps some dirty pine. Light to medium sweet flavor with lots of juicy hops, some dirt, nice lightly toasted bready malt backbone, ripe orange, melon, light urine, pine. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly resinous on the finish, lots of ripe and dank citrus, light bread, melon, orange, some lightly tangy tangerine. Really solid effort, this. Probably a Top 10 JDW beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (18701) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask at the Willow Walk (JDW), 05/07/13. Clear golden amber with a decent white head. Nose is hops, light pine, grapefruit, candyfloss, mango. Taste comprises juicy hops, good coating of pine, caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, orange pith. Medium to light in body, soft carbonation, hop bitterness and pine shavings in the finale. Lovely stuff, one of the best hoppeeeee cask beers Ive encountered, eminently drinkable grown up tropical fruit juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (14221) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons, a cheeky cellar run. Hazy gold with slight head. Slightly flabby still but with a definite sharp grapefruity flavour, hoppy and dry, a definite American hop note. Very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Masque Haunt London 08/07/13. A golden beer with an off-white to grey bubbly head. Beautiful tropical fruity hops in here. Pale malts. Citrus notes are delicious. Very very tasty and very drinkable. I hoped this would be good; I heard it was good but actually it was much better than that. Score 4.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Draught at the Kings Tun JDW. Golden yellow with thin bubbly head. Smell is musty mixed citrus hops and a sticky caramel background. Taste is bittersweet grapefruit, gooseberry and apple with a resinous drying finish. Leaves a sticky dried orange aftertaste. All quite toned down and subtle. Body is medium. A standard offering, nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7563) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Cask @ Hamilton Hall JDW. Light amber pour with a tiny head. The nose is bright west coast hops. Loads of lemon meat, orange peel, earthy coniferous bitterness. Nice and lively. The taste is fresh, vibrant. More lemon and orange. Slightly chalky. Probably the hoppiest JDW beer ever. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, I cant get over how good this JDW-commissioned beer is. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilkTork (5693) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Rochester JDW. This somewhat spoiled my breakfast, and also ruined the other half I was drinking, as I mixed them together in an attempt to soften the hop burn. This is not my thing. I like beer, not fucking hop juice. I despair of this sort of beer, and the fad for it which appears to be growing. I also like coffee with character, so I also despair of the current fad for either milky coffee or burnt coffee. Each to their own - and I suppose I should have known better....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5352) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Cask by handpump at Camperdown Place, Glasgow - clear golden amber, thin creamy head, pine, grapefruit, citrusy aroma, excellent lacing, flavour as aroma, bit of tropical fruit, well hopped, prolonged dry citrus finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (4739) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2013
Cask @ The Counting House JDW. Hazy amber brown, good foamy head. Cereal hop aroma. Grapefruit hop flavour. Citrus aftertaste. A decent hoppy pale ale. Did not expect to find something like this brewed for JDW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4398) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 [email protected] Darby, Merry Hill. Golden amber beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla and hops. Taste is citrus hops and fruity malts. Very nice.

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