Marstonís / Ishii Minagof Pale Ale (UK)

Formerly brewed at Marstonís
Style: Bitter
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Special - JDW Autumn Festival 2012
Toshi Ishii is probably our most popular visiting international brewer, originally from Japan and now based in Guam. This is his fourth visit to brew for us since 2008, this time returning to Marstonís Brewery, in Staffordshire, to collaborate on a version of his fl agship ale. This beer is copper in colour, with a moderate maltiness and residual sweetness, counterbalanced by the citrus and fl oral character of the hops. Hops used: Ahtanum, Warrior

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (1330) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2012
A cloudy, amber beer with not much scent. Itís got a clean, bitter flavour but thereís not a lot to it. Drinkable but unmemorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 01/11/12 An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. Full of Burton snatch in nose with nowt else. Itís in the mouth too but itís joined there by a pleasant fruity hoppiness. Some real sweet fruitiness in this which is pretty characterful and tasty. I quite liked this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1848) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Cask conditioned at the Ralph Fitz Randal (JDW), York. Thin white head. Gold body. Sulphur and grain. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Was actually concerned that Iíd be served Pedigree by mistake, and then I realised this was brewed at Marstonís.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (12355) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Shared with Finn at The Knights Templar. A festival real ale from cask that pours a copper coloured body with a slight haze. A few bubbles to the rim of the glass. Modest aroma of grass and hay. Fruity taste with malty sweetness beneath. Bittersweet endnotes. Average (London, 01.11.2012).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2012
On cask at The Standing Order. Pours a golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of caramel, grassy hops and musty yeast. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (44223) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
From cask at Turnhouse. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white and creamy head. Aroma is light toasted and fruity. Citric, tart and bone dry. Light toasted malt. Bitter and dry finish, towards citric.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
The Felix, Nuneaton, 08/11/12. Not pale but dark bronze lidded with beige. Mildly phosphoric, sulphurous, egg custard aroma- having read nothing about the festival I knew at first sniff this was Batemans or Marstons. Dough and custard soured with boiled cherry sweet and mineral edge. Bog standard eggy brown English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1194) - SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2012
Nice copper coloured brew, white head lasts well. Smooth and malty, less hoppy than I expected, but a good satisfying brew! Spoons beer festival.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (18960) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
Cask at the Rupert Brooke (JDW), Rugby - 31/10/12. Clear amber with a bubbly off white head. Good lacing. Light malts on the nose, barley, not a lot doing! Tastes of light caramel, touch of hops, light toffee notes, some fruits. Lightish bodied with soft carbonation, a little thin. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (4794) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 2, 2012
Cask @ The Sir Edward Wyllie JDW. Amber brown colour, reasonable head. Mild grassy malt aroma. Dry caramel malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Very average bitter.

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