Brewed by Old Dairy
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Tenterden, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask and bottle: Unfiltered.
Blue Top maintains the heritage of the famous India Pale Ales which were originally brewed in the 18th century to satisfy demand for English beer in India. In order to survive the voyage unspoilt the beer was always strong and well hopped.
Our Blue Top has a satisfying bitterness smoothly balanced with caramel flavours from the crystal malt and a hint of lemon from Styrian Golding hops.

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Gilgongo (4) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2017 does not count
I don’t normally drink IPAs these days because many of them are too tart for me with that grapefruity thing Americans like so much. But this orange coloured, nicely English hopped number is a good light summery ale. After a nice biscuity jump into some floral/herbal notes you can tell it’s an IPA, but in a good way as it dries out on your tongue very nicely. Picture of cows on the label too is a nice touch to the overall experience. Pleasantly surprised by this. Will try again.

MoritzF (10255) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2017
(bottle) Clear, amber colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy layer. Mildly biscuity English malt aroma with hints of caramel, backed by fruity, slightly zesty and delicately herbal hops. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet flavour, light to medium bodied with a tame carbonation. Dry malty base with shades of caramel, chalky notes and present fruity and slightly herbal hops, lingering into the dry and moderately hop bitter finish. More-ish. 04.VI.17

bartlebier (4261) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 18, 2017
500ml bb12/2017, Pantiles shop Tunbridge Wells. - Labelled as India Pale Ale with Challenger, EastIentGoldings and Bobek (!). - Lovely intermediate of ESB and IPA, quite heavy on the crisp&biscuity caramel&crystal malts underneath a precise helping of orange peccoe tea granulates and lime peel with a drying noble hop bite. Great appetiser, high drinkability.

Holmen1 (6846) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2017
Fra håndpumpe på The Yew Tree Inn, Westbere, Canterbury, mars-17: lett uklar kobbergylden med fint skum som varer. Myk aroma og smak, meget lettdrikkelig, med karamell, jordaktige toner og citrus. Mer en esb enn en ipa, men god uansett.

johndoughty (5606) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle. Orange and clear with a small head. Slightly fruity but not a lot of hop presence. Claims on the label to be an IPA but it is rightly called a premium bitter here-which it is.

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This smooth Premium Bitter shares herbal tea notes, apricots and mild caramel in a classic setup.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam laces atop the clear amber.
-This is a professional job. Makes me want to seek out more Old Dairy brews.
-Mouthfeel is pleasantly suave.
-Drinkability is through the roof.
-This is a brew that clearly shows the link between Bitter and IPA monikers.

On cask at the The Lion and Lobster, Brighton.

Mr_Pink_152 (6027) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
Tried at he golden eagle Lincoln. Brownish Amber colour with an off white head. Light toffee aroma taste mid sweet with a gentle aftertaste.

WendyFire (5) - Rolvenden, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016 does not count
Great golden coloured IPA with a wonderful hoppy aroma and a fresh, hoppy, bitter flavour,.

Rune (14165) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2016
GraviCask, shared with Finn at The National Winter Ales Festival. Golden-brown body. Minimal head, dotted spots on the the glass. Modest smell of juicy malts. Malt-fruity taste of caramel and lemony hops. Bittersweet endnotes. Easy to drink. Accepted (Derby 19.02.2016).

Finn (8684) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2016
Fra cask/gravity på NWAF i Derby 19 Feb 16. Delt med Rune. Gylden. Filmskum med litt bobler. Bra plommearoma. Smaken balansert. Fersken. Tørr ettersmak av papp.

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