Brewed by Knops
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
North Berwick, Scotland


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (393) - Edinburgh, - JUL 31, 2011
Good IPA, but not among the best. Has a nice arome, but lacks the aromas too balance the bitter aftertaste .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2017
330ml bottle. Aroma is malty with whisky and vanilla. The taste is not as accessible as some IPAs but quite rewarding. More sweet than bitter, slightly astringent and with modest hopping. Good IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Cask at the 22nd Watford beer festival, Watford, Herts. A golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, floral, citrus aroma. Tastes a little unbalanced to me, slightly hoppy, floral, vaguely fruity, not much happening here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (11439) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2016
Cask gravity at the 2016 Watford beer festival 4/11/2016. A very clear amber orange coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is a but sweaty, feet, hops, vague lemon, hint of vinegar tang. Flavour is composed of semi sweet burnt toffee malts, orange, sticky sweaty hop, caramel. Palate is semi sweet, viscous sticky hop and a little solvent in the finish. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radassace (221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2017 330ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. Big on the biscuit and malt aromas. Taste is bready, biscuit malts and leads into a dry grapefruit, orange bitterness. Decent traditional IPA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Godfather50 (235) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Although the breweries blurb paints the scene the beer fails to deliver the hop. Little aroma, little zing. What you get is malty beer. May be its been in the bottle too long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (2668) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2015
Pours hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma of grassy hops, bread crust, some citrus, weak sweet malts and some herbs. The taste is bitter and grainy with notes of crisp hops, citrus and some herbs. Decent and refreshing hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (3440) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden. Nose toffee, resin, sweet, malts. Taste is fruits, citrus, malts, sweet toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6374) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers52.com. Bright amber with a thin white head; tropical fruit aroma; thick, oily body with a good dosing of hops, giving a spicy bitterness and a lasting clean finish. A pleasant IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1648) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
330ml bottle, pours light golden with a white head. Aroma is golden malt, light caramel, floral hop with a light citrus. Nice balance of malt and hop ends with long bitter finish. Light body, thin, slightly oily texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6986) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
500ml bottle poured into an Old Speckled Hen badged pint vase at home on 16th Feb 2015. Extremely lively pour with a huge white foaming head that filled the glass before I had a chance to stop pouring. It settled down OK and a pale golden body began to appear as the bubbles calmed and popped. Good hoppy nose with a hint of the bitterness to come: which it does by the bucket load in the taste. Really hop bitter in every corner, but in a good way. I really enjoyed this: during a random Monday tasting session with myself and Bertie, the dog!

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