Gage Roads London Best

 
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Formerly brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company
Style: Bitter
Perth, WA, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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The ale shows a bright copper hue with a light floral aroma, laced with the caramel nuances of crystal malt. The initial flavor reveals the earthy complexity of East Kent Golding hops, before evolving into smooth, slightly sweet notes of carmel and toffee that subside into a clean finish.

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2.4
gam (4161) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2009
Good head and carbonation misty amber pour,aroma fruity caramel,maltiness,toffee,even butter-scotch.Flavour caramel malt toffee fruit some sweetness maybe hop fruit taste,stonefruitlike,grapefruit,mild flavours which is a pity,it is a well flavoured bitter.Finish mild tastes a little watery,pity.

3.3
mkel07 (6574) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2009
330ml bottle. Dark amber and copperry colour withy a thin off white head of small bubbles that cling to the edge of the glass. Aroma of hops and cinnamon. Mild bitterness with a touch of sweetness, medium body.

3
DuffMan (10934) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Clear bright amber, average white head. Initially the aroma is pretty sweaty, then lots of toffee comes forward as the head settles. Light nutty toffee malt palate, with low/medium bitterness. A solid rep of the style.

2.7
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle. Lots of toffee malt on the nose. Quite carbonated, a malty palate and a bit thin and metallic in the finsh.

3.2
bozoNZ (784) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2008
330ml bottle. b/b 15/08/08. despite being 2 mths past it date (wonder if it’s a misprint) this is ok. Pours a good rich orange/amber. Nice hop aroma though the best I can describe it as dusty suitcases. Nutty malt flavours with the carbonation on the hgher end but nice lingering earthy bitter finish. Not as way off the mark style wise as other raters have mentioned - I’d be quite happy with a pint of this down Rovers

2.5
TassieCarl (5) - Blackmans Bay, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2008 does not count
Light fruity aromas after pour which didn’t last. Light oange colour. May have overchilled as flavour was light on, but brought back memories of English ales on tap in London. Watery, but not too bad for a 4.4%. Didn’t improve further after allowing to warm to room temp, lost head quickly.

2.6
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2008
Dark orang with a weak beige head. Fruity sweet aroma of medium intensity. Reasonably sweet caramel flavour and only a slight acidity rather than bitterness. I’ve used quite alot of qualifying adjectives here, telling me this beer is decidedly average.

2.2
Lunkie (1969) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
Hop malt aroma with slight smokeyness. Clear red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Hop malt flavour with bitter aftertaste. Flat palate.

2.8
Dredd (981) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2008
Nice toffee aroma, pours dark amber with an off white head. Flavour is quite good for a 4.4% beer, there is toffee, sherbet and some citrus sourness, but there is a bit of thinness in the finish. Bit of a missed opportunity here, I wonder if this is a bit of mucking around by the beancounters who convinced the brewers to drop the ABV to avoid excise.

2.3
Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2008
330ml bottle, served chilled. Clean copper body with a touch of white foam. Faintly fruity nose, sharp citrus, with a touch of earthy spice and toffee sweetness. Body is relatively thin, low carbonation, sticky texture, a sharp bitterness developing quite quickly. Abrupt palate of flavour, some lemon zest and earthy spice balanced with a touch of toffee, but has a quite sharpness about it that alot of these Aussie made ’bitters’ have. Finish is bitter with a citrus-rind quality to it. Not as bad as some, but another disappointing Aussie ’bitter’.


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