tipsytoad (85) - - OCT 29, 2008AshtonMcCobb (6501) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Firstly, none of the Keswick beers are bottle conditioned. Secondly, the regular beers I have had when on holiday in beautiful lakeland are very good, if not outstanding. This was disappointing. It has a distracting apple aroma and taste which interferes too much. Perhaps better on draft given Sims rate but this wasn’t hoppy enough for me. Having said that, I had just enjoyed a bottle of Stone I.P.A so perhaps somewhat unfair. Given my opinion of the brewery, I will try again on draft/bottle.
Bottle from Rheged.
Appearance - golden with a nice fluffy head.
Nose - peaches, light medicinal.
Taste - oh, loads of orange. Somewhere between concentrated orange squash and an orange liqueur spirit. Then there’s a layer of toffee over it.
Palate - medium bodied. Tangy texture through the middle part. Tangy but slightly sweet on the finish.
Overall - this kind of falls between an IPA and an English Strong Ale. Mjp12 (1805) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Sweet malt aroma, listed as an IPA, but not getting much hop flavour, just lots of malt to boost the abv. thmsboyd (198) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle BBE: Jan 2016. Well-chilled. Pours a clear amber body with medium, tight, off-white head. Medium intensity ripe banana and apricot, with some sprucey hops on the nose. To taste: medium sweetness matched by a medium bitterness. Medium-light bodied with a slightly sticky texture, medium-low carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Overall a technically good beer, lacking a little flavour and depth. Scottishchris (723) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Pours clear dark golden with small white head. Lots if caramel on the nose. Carbonated well. Sweetish, medium body. Caramel and malt. Decent pint danlo (3019) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
500ml bottle from the Crafty Pint, Darlington Market. Pours an orange golden amber colour, off-white foam head that dissipates and aroma of malt, resin, citrus, oaky wood. Taste is sweet malty caramel, oak, vanilla along with fruity resiny notes and a spicy bitterness. Slightly oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Quite drinkable IPA.
Rune (12593) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2012
500ml bottle picked up at the excellent Microbar in Manchester and carried home for a drinking session with Finn. Firm off-white head, some of remaining. Next to clear amber coloured body. Smell is dry with leafs and resin. Dried fruity taste added by bready malts, rather jam-like. Fruit bitter ending. Oily palate. Quite likable, a bit heavy to drink though (Tromsø, 18.07.2012). Finn (7513) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2012
Flaske 0,5l påspandert av og delt med Rune under middag i WC74 18 Jul 12. Lysebrun. Høyt luftig skum. Forsiktig fruktig aroma. Smaken er søt aprikos & blomster med hint av mandler. Syrlig bitter ettersmak. Søtt helhetsinntrykk. Litt tung-drikkelig. Lite som minner om en IPA. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 [500ml bottle from deli in Ullswater] Deepish gold colour with a thin white lacing. Like all their bottled beers I’ve had, extremely carbonated and very fizzy. Aromas of caramel and an almost saccharine sweetness. On the taste extremely sweet, almost cloyingly so. Really no balance here – from a 7% IPA the hop profile is negligible, as is the alcohol warmth. Not great A5 A3 F5 P3 O11  Re-rate from cask at CAMRA/SIBA NWRF 2011 - pours golden amber with a decent white head. Aromas of grassy hop and a touch of alcohol. The sweetness is much reduced - clearly I got a duff bottle before. It’s still fairly sweet - but as you’d expect from a 7% cask IPA. The malt profile is actually really nice - definite improvement  MoritzF (9851) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
(bottle) Clear, deep golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Moderately sweet and bready malty, also slightly nutty aroma with a discreetly hoppy touch. Sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Bready malt-character with notes of cookies and marzipan; sweet malt-accented finish with almondy notes and a subtle fruity and vinous finish. 15.XII.10 pivnizub (10571) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle: Deep golden, mid-sized stable white head,bisquity and bready nose with a light hoppy touch; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; increasing citrussy hoppiness in the bisquity-malty finish. Well drinkable, a bit simple.....