DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
I found this very hard to drink, the flavour is full but too full for what they are trying to achive. Cask will be different but not one id got for again. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Orange-brown with delicate white head.
Some maltyness in the aroma and huge earthy hop tones from english hops. Somewhat roasted with notes of peanut and rubber. Fresh hoppy flavor with notes of cream and maltsweetness.
Hoppy finish which grows on you. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
This was a very nice Bitter. It was light and had a smooth flavor. Creamy finish and a good malt balance. I would drink another. ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Malty and flowery, this bitter is a nice session beer. Creamy and light yet bold enough to keep my interest. A lot like old speckled hen. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle. Amber body with a limp tannish head. Nose is caramel, sweet amlts, light cocoa, tea leaves, hops and ripened fruits. Taste has more hoppiness coming through and more tea notes. Rich fruitiness, relaxed caramel, and mild earthy notes. Body is creamy and smooth. Medium feel and minimal carbonation. Finishes with sweet malts, caramel, light tea leaves, earthy hops and mild fruitiness. Not bad. I’d like to try this on cask!
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
Canette. Robe orangée aux reflets cuivrée surmontée d’une légère mousse blanche crémeuse et persistente. Arômes légers de diacétyl. Saveurs de diacétyl très prononcé. jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Nitro-Pours with a nice full head with a soft fruity aroma. Kind of an amber/copper color. No carbonation and the finish isn’t very bitter for an English ale. Something I would love fresh and on cask. Good solid ale. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Glug, glug, glug goes the can, the brew settles smoothly and show a copper/amber hue, under a creamy off-white, well-maintained head.
Aroma, soft, sweet, and lightly spicy...fresh, green hops...rather nice!
Taste: neat, tidy, hop-laden jump on the palate...then smooth and mellow. good malt in the body. Classic English pale ale, apparently "brewed longer for a distictive, full flavor." I wouldn’t call it "full", but it’s fuller than many, maybe even most. "Full-flavoured, smooth, & mature" it says in a ring around the top of the can. They left out "sophisticated".
There is something in the taste I’m not crazy about, maybe it’s that fresh, green hop character mentioned above mixing with caramel malts?
Drinks down ultra-easy, nonetheless...a very nice ale, no question.
**reading other reviews, I’ve got it! Caramel Apple!
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark red, and tastes like it looks, with malts and caramel. A little one-sided, though, lacking balance. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Widget can. Has a kind of astringent bitterness in the aroma that is definitely not from hops. Never really smelled anything like it before so hard to describe it. Looks like a lighter Boddington’s when poured. Creamy agitation settles to reveal a reddish tan body. Somewhat like Bass in color. Creamy texture, but has many flavors I associate with macro adjunct pale lagers. Love the body, but the nearly flavorless (till that grainy cereal finish) profile isn’t very satisfying. Getting better as it warms though...some sweetness comes out and maybe a sliver of hop finish. Very temperature sensitive it seems. Warms into a much better beer.