Hardknott English Experiment

Formerly brewed at Hardknott
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Millom, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
From Dave’s Blog: To make a beer that both Fullers and Hardknott would be proud of is the main objective. For it to comply with our objectives it had to be different, somehow. A contemporary spin on using all English ingredients seemed to be a good thing to do. Charles Faram came to the rescue with their hop breeding program. We got Archer, Baron, Bishop and Landlady hops which I believe are the first year of a very small comertial release. Will Rogers from Faram had this to say; "These four varieties have come from the Charles Faram hop development program and we are delighted at their application in this collaboration brew. They are in the traditional English style but with fantastic disease resistance to facilitate a sustainable future for the English hop industry. They have been selected for their excellent brewing potential with new flavours and aromas whilst still being recognisably English in their nature."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10865) - Wigston, Leicestershire, - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden brown with a large foam. Aromas are earthy, ripe pear with apricot and masala tea. Cookie dough with pepper and rye. Lemon with hints of pineapple and bonfire. Toffee with mango and some woodiness. Flavours are sweet yet tart lemon with dry tea and marmalade. Earthy with mixed spices and a fruity bitterness. Herbal aspects on the aftertaste. Warming alcohol with a full mouth palate. Different in a good way.

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden amber, nose is floral, grassy, caramel, taste is similar.

allmyvinyl (11189) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle at home, shared with jeevan, pre-RB days. Pours clear golden amber, thin white head. Aromas are floral grassy hops, light citrus, caramel. Taste is more grassy hops and toffee sweetness. Oily texture, dry finish.

fonefan (52411) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013

Bottle 500ml. @ home.

[ Trade by madmitch76 ]. Clear medium orange colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, nutty - nut peel, light wood, moderate hoppy, grass, orange - citrus, fruit. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy, fruity, wood, malty, dry, nutty peel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130415]

brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - MAY 11, 2013
(50 cl bottle) Amber, hazy, with a cream-coloured head. Intense aroma with a good balance of malts and hops. Like tropical wood, fir needles, nutty, hay, rye bread, a hint of caramel. Only minimal sweetness, taste is mainly bitter. Medium to full body, smooth mouthfeel, lingering aroma on the roof of the mouth. Clearly an English rather than an American IPA, and a very well-crafted and well-balanced one. Absolutely delicious, and I think I would like to taste more of those new hops as well!

wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle from Chester Beer & Wine. Hazy amber pour with a generous off-white head. Rather muted nose, with some grassy hop and marmalade notes. Dryish flavour with some earthy and sweet malt notes alongside citrus and decent hop bitterness. Farly lively carbonation. Some english reserve in evidence here in comparison to the more in your face hop varieties from foreign shores. Perfectly drinkable and not without some charm.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle from Corks of Cotham. Somewhat unassuming nose with some very gentle citric hoppy notes. Pours cloudy with a persistent and pillowy head. The flavour continues with the same unassumingness as the nose, but has a gentle exposition into something rather special. A well-balanced marriage (or is that a menage a trois?) of a talented microbrewer (Hardknott), the best of the established UK brewers (Fullers) and a forward-thinking approach to local produce and sustainability. When you see a beer with this ethical and provenant a pedigree you only have one hope - that it works. And it does. It won’t make you change your religion, but it’s a damn fine beer with a balanced complexity and a subtleness of hop that would have you coming back for more. If this is an english experiment, I can safely say it is an empirical success.

daniele (9888) - ITALY - NOV 18, 2012
ambrato scarico schiuma piuttosto abbondante grana media persistenten citrico cereale piuttosto secca leggero pepeato amaro piuttosto intenso poco naso leggere note fruttate

stravale (3150) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s 16th Oct 2012
Orange amber, slight haze, big frothy white head from bottle
Aroma - pale caramel malts, soft spicy hop, hint of orange
Taste - soft bit spicy english hops, caramel malts, touch of honey, nice, mellow
Palate - soft carb, medim body, some oilyness. Finish - smooth, mellow, little dry
Overall - It’s OK - not that hoppy, mellow, understated...I think I expected more from this collabaration...nothing that special here

dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s. Slightly hazy orange yellow, thin bubbly head. Light dusty lemon fruits, spicy hop nose. Light lemon hop juiciness, perfumed hops, quite big bitter lemony finish. A nice idea, but not too exciting.

BenH (3431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks Dave. Cloudy dark amber with white head. Slightly earthy aroma, caramel. Taste is earthy with caramel again. Quite puckeringly bitter. Ok

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