Gage Roads London Best

 
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28
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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.1
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 RE-RATE. Bottle (330ml). Poured light bronze (amber orange?) with a small, rocky, off-white head which was average lasting. Aroma was of barnyard hay with strong notes of stewed fruits, blackberries, sweet biscuity malts and some cobwebs. Flavor was an odd metallic bitterness with dry biscuity malts, blackberries, a hint of toffee and some dirt in the finish. Quite thin. Light bodied with lively carbonation, a watery texture and a short finish. I thought the first bottle I had may have been bad, but it seems they all are. London’s best? I don’t think people in London would use this crap to wash there dogs with.

2.3
sbsteve (1) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2007 does not count
OK Sully I relented. The aroma promises something much better than is delivered to the tongue. Bitterness improves, but metallic flavours also comes on as the glass warms and empties. Had to try it, but probably won’t go back.

2.4
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2007
Blimey, they aren’t ’arf playing up the British angle on the label, what wiv the Union Jack and one of them troopers ’oo accompanies the Queen (Gor bless ’er) when she takes ’er carriage for a roll down the Frog and Toad. However, the hammy label is about as British as this gets IMO. It’s a clear bronze colour with a modest quilt of suds. Some nutty malts and hay in the aroma but the most striking thing is the golden ale-style summer fruits - canned peaches, maybe even lychee. To be blunt, this doesn’t smell like any English bitter I’ve come across. Which is not to say it’s unpleasant. The palate is soft and the body slick. Moderate carbonation, which is to style. Low bitterness and a fruit-driven flavour mix. Watery nuts, pear juice and grass. The bitterness builds on the palate as the glass empties. There’s nothing awful about this, it’s just a bit blah. Mind you, the bottled versions of British bitters generally disappoint, so perhaps this is closer to the real deal than I first thought.... (330ml bottle. BB 15/8/08)

3.2
madquacker (1176) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2007
A nice murky red colour with a frothy head. Nice deep aroma. Abit Little creatureseque in the palate, but a bit blunter and softer. A very nice drop.

2.1
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2007
Reddish brown in colour with average carbonation. Thin off-white head. Low to moderate bitterness. A little watery. Interesting flavour.

2.1
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2007
Red/brown with rapidly diminishing tan head. Low to medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Has a strangely familiar aroma and flavour which I cannot quite place. Also a bit of citrus and pine.

2.5
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2007
Clear copper brown. Aroma of spicy pepper, floral musk, and a bit of toffee. Rather bland flavour with just a hint of bitterness. Lifeless in the mouth, with no substance giving any satisfaction. Another disappointment from this brewer.

2.1
ALLOVATE (3093) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2007
Now bottled and on the shelves of good stockists. This pours a deep amber, quite bright, with dancing fine streams of bubbles rising to a dense and stable off-white head that laces nicely. Weedy, fresh mown grass on the nose; a little damp chaff and recently trimmed native plants - I don’t know, this just reminded me so much of the scent of my own backyard after a Sunday butchering. The grassy notes play riot on the palate. Hints of marmalade and dull malts, a big wad of pine-nuts are too weak to balance it. Mild bitterness, grassy acridity on the swallow, a bit rough with weeds and marmalade lingering long. The body is medium-light, the carbonation suitably subtle, but the flavour is lop sided towards "Err, one’s enough, onto the next beer!" It doesn’t quite pull of anything I see as English. I will have to try it again on Draught to be fair. (33cL, 16/08/08, The Beer Store Morley)

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bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2007
First tried also at WA beer week (then called Mystery Brew) but recently on tap @ the Norfolk Hotel as London Best. Clear copper brown body with short but mainly lasting off-white head and some rings of lacing. Aroma does not stand out much but in the taste there was hints of caramel, some nutty notes and maybe some fig and then pine notes. Light in body with a reasonable length finish and soft carbonation this beer is a flavourful session beer but nothing more.

1.2
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2007
Sample on Tap at 2007 Western Australian Beer Week Launch. Poured a slightly reddish brown, with little head, little aroma detectable, harsh metallic hop flavour combined with thin lifeless mouthfeel. Surely could have produced something moreinteresting than this for such an important event, hopefully not a sign of things to come.


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