Hop Back Thunderstorm

Formerly brewed at Hop Back
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also avilable bottle conditioned.
Brewed with Progress hops, pale barley and wheat malt and winner of its class in the Beauty of Hops Awards. Also known as Thunder Bolt.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14482) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours gold. Floral aroma. Mildly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1640) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 1997. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear gold in colour with a thin white head. Slight dusty hop in the short floral aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a digestive biscuit background with tart citric fruit notes of lemon and lime. Strong hop resins add a dry bitter aftertaste. Astringency builds up towards the dry pithy finish. An ok Golden Ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wombler (27) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Cask in the Sultan Oct 2008. Rather a let down. It says it has a new improved recipe but it tasted medicinal. Last years was slightly better. Flowery, golden colour. Weak for hop back

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13555) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 24, 2008
Cask at Cockney Pub. Frothy white fair modtly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty heavy hoppy aroma. Very flowery and grassy. Moderate bitter flavor. Flowery notes. Moderate bitter average finish. Oily palate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 22, 2008
Cask - Slightly hazy straw golden body, lasting creamy white head; Not to big but beautiful balanced earthy hoppy nose; Very soft textured body, balanced hoppy bitter and sweet, the bitterness grow seriously and makes the finish quite dry, lots of hop aroma, some flowery sweetness. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12270) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Cask @ Charlies Pub, Cph.
Pours clear golden with a small bubbly white head. Good duration. Very mild aroma, light sweet maltiness and weak hops. Low carbonation. Flavour is sweet and flowery at first, lightly hopped and a little thin. Rather dull.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
This is a drain pour for me, weak aroma, lousy malts and bad hop aromas make this an unworthy drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
The aroma is watery with light wheat and light hops. The appearance is light gold with a thin head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is watery. Overall its got a lot of flaws but its not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Nottingham Beer Festival.
Nice bright gold with a thin blonde head. Hoppy aroma with slight sulphur and black pepper. Odd but pretty tasty. Almost meaty. Some spice, ginger and strong rosemary and black pepper. Nice hoppage and malt with a dusty tobacco and jacket potato finish. Odd but I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13894) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle from Party Town, KY. Poured golden color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium sweet citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation (bottle conditioned). Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

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