Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
A perfectly balanced award winning beer, characterised by its hoppy taste and aroma that comes from the use of Challenger and First Gold hops which are combined with pale and crystal malts.

500ml bottles and cans: Filtered.
Website: www.greenekingipa.co.uk
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

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walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Can. Light amber color with white head that faded somewhat quickly. Mostly biscuity malt on the nose with some subtle earthy hoppiness and a slight metallic tinge. Flavor follows. Lightish body. Smooth, almost flat carbonation, somewhat watery-- a result of the can maybe. Clean, dry finish. Fairly representative of an English pale; by no means an IPA in the American micro vein. Crisp and refreshing, but nothing special.

DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 660ml bottle. Deep clear orange, flowery hops and toffee aromas. Palate leans much more toward malt with a hint of hop suppoet. More watery than I recalled, and less complex. Needs a lot more in the hop department to be called an IPA-- and an ABV of 3.6%???

shoestring (402) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2005
looked wonderful. lovely colour and head when poured. however initial mouthfeel had an obvious tinny quality. it did grow on me as i drank bottle, began to enjoy it...would have liked another after it to check it out further.

scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Can - Clear orange, thin white creamy head. Nose was bland butterscotch and toffee, with light metallic and earthy hop notes coming in late. Light grainy butterscotch flavors are prevalent throughout, but it’s backed (kind of) by light hop tones to remain balanced. That might be the only good thing about it. The balance. Anyway, light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. Hmmm...might have tasted better had been from my own can...if you know what I’m sayin. This stuff was not good. Period.

JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
(on 500ml. bottle)lasting white head, rusty-golden colour. The aroma is kind of toffeeish...and then then some yoghurt?, strange I thought for an IPA. Flat ryebreadtate, dry mouthfeel and a metallic bitterness. Coulden´t qiuite make this one out. It´s not bad, but here on RB it´s labeled as a "bitter" although I thought it was a traditionael British IPA? Haven´t had many of those so I guees it´s OK.

TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Canned - nitro pour. Bronzed body with a tall dense fluffy tan head. Typical of nitro pours. Nose is surprisingly not bad. Toasty malts, earthy hops, light floral notes and tea leaves. Taste is light pine, earthy hops, dried flowers, toast malts, light hints of burnt bread and minimal malt sweetness. Not bad. Body is creamy and smooth, mostly due to the nitrogen, but is pleasant on the palate. Finishes with more pine, earthy notes, light hop floral, tea leaves, sweet malts and a bit of toffee. I liked this better on cask.

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Tall-boy can.
Poured a busty copper body with a thick creamy head. The aroma was earthy with woodsy notes of spruce chips and lemon peel. The malts added a toasted bread likeness with hints of caramel in the background…. A nice traditional English IPA… but not a huge fan myself.

HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Nitro can. Pours a light orange in color with the typical nitro head. Aroma has a lot of stale earthy hops in it. A slight malt flavor and hop taste. Not very aggressive and easy to drink.

Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2005
From the bottle: I think this beer has a nice balance between malt and some bitterness, along with some nice hops making this a reasonable pleasant beer. Caramel is present and its quite sweet for an IPA. It does seem to have a little diacetyl (a bit buttery). Overall a decent beer.

BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Deep amber beer with the typical nitro side-foam and microscopic white head. Aroma is faint but malty at a close distance. Flavor is similar, with perhaps a bit of tinniness and club-soda most likely contributed by the processes that bring it to the can. On draught this beer might well be great; as it stands it was a good deal at $0.99 for an individual tall pint can (I think it was mislabeled because a 4-pack was going for $6).

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