Brewed at Marston’s

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Holborn, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Available in 500ml bottles at Sainsbury’s supermarkets as part of their Taste The Difference range.
This traditional IPA has fresh aromas of white flowers and citrus with a clean bitter hop flavour. This classic India Pale Ale is made in Burton upon Trent, the home of British brewing. The recipe uses Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade hops and yeast from the Burton Union System, only used by the Marston’s Brewery in Burton. The famous Burton water is also used in the brewing process which helps give this ale its distinct flavour.

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Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle at home - 05/08/12. Pours to a clear golden colour with a thin white head and plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is disappointing - muted hops, background malts and a little caramel finished with a faint whiff of alcohol. Flavour is again muted hops, caramel/toffee, malt - not a lot else. Mouthfeel is ok if a tad over carbonated. Thought I’d give this one a try and see what Marstons are capable of away from their normal products. Wish I’d not bothered!

fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle in honour of #ipaday! Sweet aroma of faint oranges. Fairly low bitterness for ipa, but builds to linger in the aftertaste. Fruity, more orange, some caramel sweetness.

SilkTork (5801) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2015
June, 2012 500ml dark glass bottle from Sainsbury’s. Same recipe and ingredients as Marstons Old Empire, but slightly higher abv. Pale sweet biscuit malt, some toffee and butterscotch flavours and a hint of American oak, nicely balanced with firm hop notes leaving a clean bitterness in the mouth. It’s a pleasant and drinkable beer, though the hops are just a tad too assertive for my taste, and the malt is too clean and bland. Overall a lack of character, but drinkable enough. [2.8]
M ay, 2015 500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Sainsbury’s. 5.9%. IPA. Part of a 3 bottles for £5 offer. Pleasant sweetish malt with cereal notes. Pale gold. Clean and quite tasty. Progressive and not aggressive hopping throughout gives a lovely balance to the beer. Easy drinking and attractive. Hops linger slightly powdery in the finish. A nice beer. Slightly lacking in character and impact for me. Very clean and easy drinking. Pleasant enough. Few flaws, but just a little dull overall. OK. [3.0]

deanso (10220) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 50cl bottle from Sainsbury’s. Ok, white head. Golden blond pour. Nice hoppy finish but needs more hops.

worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
Amber colour and a frothy white lasting head. Stale smell of vegetables, caramel, hops and sweet malt. Some roast. Medium sticky frothy body. Taste of rotten aged malt, earth, wood, sweet malt. Starts somewhat sweet with a bitter middle and a truly aweful chemical cleaner finish. This chemical finish is directly from the pasturisation. The drink becomes much better

BlackHaddock (7574) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
I wrote this on 29th Oct 2011: Need a hop fix, hope this ’live’ review of this IPA does the trick. Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a Good People badged pint glass: the beer having a best before life running until 31 Jan 2012 (some 3 months away). The US pint glass not being big enough to take the whole bottle. Looks good, a fine bright amber body with an off-white creamy looking head of tightly knit foaming bubbles. The smell is all hop, floral, citrus hops: Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade being the three used in this ale. The hops completely rule the taste, can’t find any malt content showing any sweetness. One of the hoppiest IPA’s I’ve had from a British brewery, nothing as heavy as some of those West Coast hop monsters out of the US, but still very hop orientated. The hops obviously make this a pretty bitter brew, the alcohol level is hidden by that bitterness and it is only as the mouth has completely dried out between gulps that the alcohol appears. I’m not usually a hop head, but I wanted a hop fix and this certainly did the job.

The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
Terrible disappointment. Taste the difference? Only difference between this and a good IPA is the lack of taste. Low on hops, mild bitterness. Boring, if not terrible.

Martin243 (1214) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2012
500 ml bottle cellar cool. Golden yelow with a rapidly disappating white head. Mildly citrus aroma. Quite a bland beer with a dry bitter finish.

suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Dark straw. Slight off-white head. Plenty of lacing as it falls. Smells of dish soap and tea. Tastes like a hoppy tea. Taste is better than the aroma. But not by much. Pretty bland. Finishes a little dry with no bitterness to find.

joe19612 (3020) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a light orange colour with a thin white head, plenty of citrus and malt in the aroma, the taste is, lightly sour with hops in the background with a dry finish.

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