Marston's / Ishii Minagof Pale Ale (UK)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   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 Marston’s 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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RichTheVillan (8026) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
Cask at Charlie Hall (JDW) part of Autumn 2012 Beer Festival; Pours clear brown colour, only a small amount of hop bitterness in the taste, a little bit of caramel and a weird metallic after taste.

Martin243 (1209) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Pint at The Counting House (’spoons) in Glasgow. Slightly hazy orange amber body, with a white head. Grassy aroma, floral and citrus flavour with pleasant nutty depth. Slightly sticky palate. Don’t know if I would fancy a session, but a perfectly acceptable refresher. Went well with fish chips and mushy peas.

Countach (1) - - OCT 30, 2012 does not count
Interesting for the length on the palate but not enough going on to make me search it out. Came across as a bit of a session ale.

cgarvieuk (25252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2012
cask at Sorder ... copper ... small off white head ... medicinal must bitter hop nose ...much the same... very herbal and bitter ... no i really dont ike this

sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2012
Utterly bland and forgettable brown session bitter, dominated by caramel flavouring.

madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
24th October 2012
Crosse Keys Spoons. Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate with mild carbonation. Grainy malt with weird tang. Whisper of sulphur. Semi dry finish. Very disappointing.

stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Dark amber, thin white head, good lacing
Aroma - Burton minerals, soft bitter hop
Taste - Burton minerals, slight metallic bitter hops. Marston’s flavour all over it...not a fan
Palate - soft carb, thin to medium body, soft bitter mimeraly hop finish
Overall - This was just a Marstons’s ale to me and I don’t like the Burton was just meh and boring

harrisoni (18978) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask handpull at County Hotel Spoons Ashford. Clear mid brown colour thick head. Must be quite fresh as wasnt on 24 hours ago. Yeasty aroma. If you told me this was a regular Marstons bitter I would agree. Burton snatch upfront. With some sweet malt. I mean its a competent midlands bitter. Decnt condition. Drinkable if you like a burton snatch. About average. It just goes to prove the adage that all beers are pale ales. Some bitterness on finish

leaparsons (10655) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask, Golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are biscuit with toffee and hints of raisins. Toasted with some lemon and medicinal notes. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel with plummy fruit and a strong Marstons character. It’s OK.

SarkyNorthener (4709) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 Cask@moonunderwater, wolverhampton. Chestnut colour, medium head good lacing. Aroma. Is of sulphur and a little sweet. Taste is dry hops and peppery. Good on the palate. Just let down by aroma, maybe I had a turning pint.

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