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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - 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. It’s in the mouth too but it’s joined there by a pleasant fruity hoppiness. Some real sweet fruitiness in this which is pretty characterful and tasty. I quite liked this.

ManVsBeer (11079) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Cask at a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2012. Has a malty aroma, but not as stated a malt in its taste. Copper-gold in colour with a thin head.

Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 24 Oct 2012. Poured a clear copper, with a dense white head. Aroma of floral hops, lemongrass and cereal. Light grassy flavour, with some tropical fruit and grain. Finish was resin, pine and biscuit.

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours copper, nose is grassy, caramel, taste is the same.

john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2012 - Amber/Copper in colour. Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Fruity; hint of orange citrus. Hoppy; floral hops. Bitter-sweet fruity throughout. Bit disappointing really.

SilkTork (5918) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Oct, 2012. JDW. Dry malt, slightly tannic from moderate use of crystal malt. Some bittering hops. A basic best bitter. Unremarkable.

Leighton (22769) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours bright, clear gold with a foamy white head. Pale and bready malts, pretty dry, some dough. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Odd notes here. Yeah, some odd stuff going on. So so overall.

downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Cooper in colour, with a slight, off-white head. Malty and yeasty bitter with some redeeming citrus fruit sweetness and decent, bitter finish.

Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Knights Templar, Chancery Lane1 Nov 12. JDW Festivaløl. Gyldenbrun. Litt skum som blir helt borte. Beskjeden fruktig aroma. Søte plommer. Smaken veldig tørr frukt. Syrlig fruktig ettersmak. På det jevne.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask by handpump at Counting House, Glasgow (29 Oct 12) - reddish amber, off-white head, resin, acetyl and bready flavour, no bubbles

Cunningham (8525) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2012
Caramel brown colour with a creamy off white head. Caramel malt and light hoppy aroma. Medium body and a creamy texture. Light tropical fruity flavour, light hoppy and a fine caramel malt background.
[On handpull at The Turnhouse at Edinburgh airport, Scotland]

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