Brewed at Marston’s

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


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle: Filtered
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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - 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]

kwik-lime (2044) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2017 Fairly well hopped, somewhat bitter, hints of resin, marmalade, herbs. Decent beer.

kapusil (1505) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 13, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2017 0.5l bottle. Clear orange body with an off white head. The aroma is a bit weak, but the taste is pleasant. Caramel and toast represents the malts escorted by a bit of cloves and a generous amount of spicy British hops. Drinkable IPA for sure.

Davros IX (492) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2017
Pre-dinner bottle at a friends house where we had been invited for Sunday lunch. A true English IPA with lots of bitter hops, nicely balanced malt and pleasant mouthfeel. The alcohol was well masked and the abv took me by surprise when I had a closer look at the label. This was my sort of beer and could encourage me to visit Sainsbury's to explore the rest of their own label range.

Graeme1989 (4) - - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
The floral taste outdoes the hops a little too much. Not a bad IPA just not really the best. At least it is more aligned to a traditional ABV% ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

LLaurin (526) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2017
For a shop IPA it is quite ok and the nose is quite agreeable as well as taste. Palate rather short but for a quiet dinner in London its pk.

Sigmund (7917) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2017
500 ml bottle, from a Sainsbury Local in Whitton, London. ABV is 5.9%. Golden colour, large to moderate white head. Aroma of toffee and yellow fruits, a hint of sulphur. Medium dry flavour, fairly well hopped, some sulphur from the Burton water.

DrDre (1) - SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2017 does not count
Far too bitter, Was expecting a smooth and refreshing drink. The alcohol is very poorly hidden.

Holmen1 (6472) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2017
Flaske delt med Willy på brygga: klar gylden med fint skum som varer. Innbydende, floral og fruktig aroma og smak med citrus, blomster og karamell i en elegant balansert maltkropp. Lang, ren og god ettersmak. Superlettdrikkelig.

john44 (3400) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle. Pale Amber in colour. Hoppy; bitter grassy hops. Fruity; citrus lemon. Malty; biscuity malts, buttery caramel. Bitter citrus hops dominate slight malts. Bitter hoppy finish. Slightly harsh with a rather medicinal taste. (2010-12)

Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Long bitterness with herbal notes. Some skunk and grains in the meantime. Nothing to do with IPA.

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