Brewed by Knops
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
E.Lothian, Dirleton, Scotland


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A beer true to the traditional style of IPA but with some contemporary elements. The beer is 5% abv which enables it to be enjoyed by the pint as well as in bottle.
The malt used is Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, ideally suited for this style of beer.
The star of the show in an IPA should be the hops. Our IPA has a bitterness of 40 IBU which provides an invigorating bitterness hit and a refreshing aftertaste.
The hops used are New World hops which in general provide a more intense flavour and aroma than their European counterparts. The hops are added in three stages. The first addition is for bitterness and is added at the start of the boil, the second is for flavour and is added 5 minutes from the end of the boil and the third is added once the boil has finished and provides the hop aroma without the mouth drying effect of dry-hopping.

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ManVsBeer (11103) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
A initial sour bitterness hides a deep but well textured ale with an excellent, slightly hopped nose.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2012
Cask by handpump at Halfway House, Edinburgh (9 Jun 12) - clear golden ale, thin white head, vegetable aroma, malty, bitter with a bit of astringency, not my thing

McNeillR (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Really safe hop notes, almost Lucozade style stagnant bubbles in a hefty carbonation. Almost cream soda wrapped hops, awkward for an IPA even at 5%. Nothing shining through from any angle on the palate. Frustrating safe rather than disappointing number.

thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2012
A - caramel malt and citrus A - mid orangish gold with frothy head T - sweet, but lacking the expected bitter P - mid and soft O - decent

zacgillbanks (5651) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2012
Dark golden in colour with toffee and caramel flavours and a woody bitter finish.

onkelgobber (163) - Edinburgh, - DEC 17, 2011
Pours nice clear golden amber. Not much head. White with fairly large bubbles. Nice caramel aroma with a little bit of citrus. Medium bitter taste with very little sweetness. Light body with a thin texture and a bit of carbonation. Average lenght of finish with bitter notes. The hops are not coming through in a proper way though. Fairly average.

olio (10669) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Rated on 20110726.
Aroma of sweetish malts, mild fruits, especially apricot, some grass also. Flavour is pretty much the same.

TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Amber with white head. Nice nose. Hoppy bitter brew. Less hoppy than I would ideally want.

jamestulloch (4415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2015 Bottle from Vino Wines. Slightly hazy golden body with a thin white head. Steady carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma of grass, lemon and biscuit. Flavour of grapefruit, straw and a dry, lemony finish. Medium body with an oily texture. Soft fizz. This has improved since I tried it over three years ago - the hop flavours are sharper and more ronounced.

ration (2281) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle. Gold orange with a nice head. Malty citrus aroma. Some sweetness. Not Bad.

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