Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Amber Ale
Staveley, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask, Special
Brewed for Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival
This new beer is a robust red ale, with a trio of American hops providing tropical fruit notes in the aroma and a notable hop flavour, balanced by a moderate malt flavour and a lasting, bitter finish.

Previously trialled as ’Hoppy Red’ and ’Hybred’ at both 4.2% and 4.8% abv.

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Garrold (5814) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Beermoth, Manchester. Re-branded as Sundown. (I think). 4.5%. Murky, dark, orangey red. Messy film, and a few bubbles of off white head. Syrupy, toffee malt. Thick, oily hop. Bit of overripe banana in there. Taste is a bit sweet. Some bitterness. Palate is oily, and gloopy. Finishes moderate bitter. Not for me.

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours amber, sweet and thin, light orange zest, bitter.

Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 17 April 2013. Poured a dark orange colour with a slight haze and medium white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit hops mixed with a biscuity malt. Pine needles in the flavour, mixed with soft fruit and some cereal. Finish was resin, dry grain and some caramel.

john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Apr 2013 during Spoons Festival - Amber Red in colour. Hoppy; grassy and piney hops. Fruity; grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Malty backbone; biscuity malts. Moderately bitter hoppy fruity throughout. Very tasty for low ABV. Nice Amber Ale!

jamesie1857 (1985) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
On cask at Coach and Horses, Dronfield - Clear copper coloured body, lacing white head. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, it is still there in the taste, but with a lingering citrus kick there as well. Refreshing, but very hop heavy.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Sir John Oldcastle London 30/04/13. A brown beer with a white head. Good US hops. Sweet and toasty malts. Seems to be shallowing and I guess it has been knocking around a while now. Hints of being a decent authentic amber ale but it ain;t in best condition.

downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
On gravity at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol April 2013. Reddish amber with a slight, off-white head. Big, hoppy beer, with plenty of red berries and citrus fruits, some solid malts and a dry finish with a hint of pine, Excellent.

PaulW (107) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
This is very robustly hopped, much like the American beers it mimics. It has those tropical citrus nots on the nose and palate, which are good. My issue is with the hopping. It is pretty high, almost to the point of leaving a metallic taste in the back of the mouth. Again, served too cold, and it gets better as it warms, this is because the malt comes through better. However, to be better balance, I think these needs more malt and alcohol, like its American counterparts

cgarvieuk (26360) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
cask at Sorder ... copper ... thin tan head .. soft zezty amber fruit hop ... juicy fruits .. soft bitter hop ... oily fruits ... zezty hop juicy and fruity
Earlier Rating: 3/16/2013 Total Score: 3.7
cask at the bat ... amber ... thin white head ... soft juicy zezty orange nose ... sweet juicy fruit fruits ... soft toffee ... light passion fruit ... mango ... light bitter linger

Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
Cask at Penderel’s Oak, JDW - London. Pours clear, red-gold with a tight, creamy tan cap. Drying citrus nose, light pine. Light sweet falvor with good, sturdy piney bitterness, orange rind, moderate minerals. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Dry but resinous hop finish, some earth, pine, toasty pale malts, dirt, grapefruit, orange and melon. Good.

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