BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
21st April: opening of the refurbished ‘Elephant and Castle’ in Dawley, Shropshire. Hand pulled pint of a golden misty body, on top a thin crown of white bubbles sat throughout the tasting.
The smell was of citrusy hops with floral overtones, only a suggestion of malts in the nose.
The taste was a pleasant blend of those aforementioned hop flavours and a malt caramel feel.
Body depth fine for the alcohol content: an OK beer but no world beater.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2007
A Mes rate:
Cask at Bar Fringe, Manchester. Amber blonde colour. Very faint aroma but pleasant enough. Mildly hoppy with some peach and grapefruit. Swift clean finish. Straight forward but enjoyable. berkshirejohn (6501) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell.Pale gold with a loose white head; citrus aroma; strong sharp grapefruit flavour; full and dry at first then becoming sweeter. A sharp bitter finish. Excellent. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 May, 2004 JDW Victoria Station. Dropped in to the JDW at Victoria Station on the way home after the Friday session at the Reading Beer fest to find this on the pump. Hmm - the beer has more body than a 3.8%, in fact I considered it to be a Golden Ale that was heading toward an APA in style, which wouldn’t be the case for a 3.8% session beer. Moderate levels of citric bite and a mucky balance between crisp and sweet. [2.8]DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2006
July 2007 Kent Beer fest Sweet and juicy with a good bitter nibble. Well contained and well balanced. An enjoyable drop. [3.5]
July, 2013 JDW, Rochester. Great citric fruit character - good marriage of hops and malt. Pale orange colour. Phoenix have long used American hops in an appropriate manner, and this is a good example. [3.1]
Some roasted honey notes, with bittering hos coming in as the pint goes on, not bad, however not too easy to drink.
mr_h (5535) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Crystal Palace, Glasgow (16 Jan 2016), weak grain aroma, amber with a thin, white head and excellent lacing, orange, grain flavour, oily with a harsh bitterness on the finish. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
Cask @ Foot of the Walk, Leith. Warm honey-gold with stable head. Aroma is yeasty with mushroom, and some sulfuric vegetation. Soft, oily palate. FLavors are better, with roasted mushroom and nice hop bitterness. BeerViking (4787) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Cask at the Liberty Bounds, dark gold with a thin head, light caramel and citrus nose, grapefruit bitterness, grainy and a bit harsh in the finish. SarkyNorthener (4620) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
[email protected]DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
avion, aldridge. Hazy Orange amber beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste is Orange peel, lemon, a little dry and some earth. Decent bitter.
Hand pulled at the Briar Rose (JDW), Birmingham. Orange colour, no head. Delicious brew. Fruity, light; yet thick, sweet, hoppy and fulsome. Lemon/orange citric tart finish. I tend to agree with Silk here, this is a Golden Ale tending towards APA. Recommended.