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


on tap

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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (47592) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ The 17th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2011, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, light hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, citrus notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110429]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2011
[email protected] Oxford, London. Copper colour, small creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, fruits, wood and some mild herbal and resiny notes. Flavour is berries, quite strong wooden and floral bitterness along with some herbal and earthy notes. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
cask at cloister ... coppper ... white head ... zezty dry nose ... soft zezt ... light dry fruits ... liht bitter linger ... lightest tcp in linger ... bit dull

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18686) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twicers Green, 12/09/14. Clear golden copper with a moderate off white covering. Nose is caramel, biscuit malt, candied fruit peel, nutty twang. Taste comprises bitter fruits, trace of vanilla, candied sugars, toffee, pecan nuts. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with a dose of bitterness. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17985) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Cask handpull at Three Mariners, Hythe, Kent. Hazy golden brown colour, lasting beige head. Decent premium bitter, goodish sherbert on finish. Quite drinkable. Some quite good fruit, fruit salad. Maybe needs a little more settling in the cellar. Sweetish malts, maybe malts need more brewing out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (15090) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle @ Van Moll Tasting shared by Ansjelaah. Clear yellow color, small white to off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Smell malts, old faded hops, moderately bitter, lightly fruity. Average body and carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (12060) - Troms, 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (10510) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
(500ml bottle from Lee Off licence, SE London) Pours amber with a good off-white head. Aromas of mandarins, and grassy hops, caramel malts. Medium body. Taste is sweet biscuit malts, fruit and hoppy. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10448) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle: Deep, deep golden, lively carbonation, stable mid-sized off-white head, herbal medical hoppy nose with a subtle fruity and caramelly tinge; dry, but not too dry bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied, really soft; lingering - but a bit thin - creamy hoppy finish. Not bad, not bad.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9729) - 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.

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