chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not always convinced that German hop varieties work too well in a British ale context; they often seem a bit too soft and short of bitterness to succeed. However, I thought this one worked pretty well. The aroma, as is to be expected from Hallertau, was all grass and hay. Maybe a touch clammy. Herbaceous again on the palate, but crisp enough to avoid flabbiness (a common complaint of mine with German hopped summer ales) and sufficiently fresh for the to be a virtue rather than an annoyance. I’d have still preferred a bit more grip, but you can’t have everything. Cask (gravity dispense), London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2005.