Brewed at Marston’s

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   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 (5583) - 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]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tokyo9 (250) - GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
Grapefruit aroma
Very bitter finish, long lasting

A good IPA. _______________________________

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5634) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle from global retailer. Appearance - bright copper with a nice fluffy head. Nose - dirty yeast and sulphur note. Light toffee breaking through. Taste - toffee and biscuits. Palate - light to medium bodied with a crunchy texture and a dry astringent finish. Overall - can’t say this is a great example of the style. More like a badly executed bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lloydy (100) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
500ml bottle. It is malty, it is bitter, but smells a little strange and there is an unpleasant metallic taste to the bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (3980) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
PINT tasting. Clear orange/yellow, small foam ring remaining. Little sulfur in aroma, starts of bitter, but fades away quickly. (Arnhem 201512)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
500ml bottle. pours a clear amber with thin white head. aroma is caramel, slightly nutty, grassy and malts. taste is grass, straw, a little sweet and brown bread. slightly chemical/tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Parmenion777 (171) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016 Poured from 500ml bottle, clear amber with a thin white head. Big peppery hoppy aroma. Lacks body, watery with metallic taste. Bitter finish. Disappointing.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
500ml Bottle from Sainsbury’s, New Mills, Derbyshire. An IPA is the old fashioned, moderately-hopped sense and all the weaker for it. Bland, watery and with a strange metallic finish. There’s a reason Marstons don’t have their name prominently on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (3074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2015
14.5.2015. Drank from bottle. Malts, light caramel, grain, fruits. A bit light, metallic and dull. Not really an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (9963) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at home shared with Sarah. Orange / light amber coloured pour with a big fading loose off white head. Aroma is nutty malts, mineral, caramel, berry / grassy hop. Flavour is composed of light caramel, little diacetyl, rough grassy hop matter, sweet grains. A bit stale and some brown sugars. Palate is sweet, moderate carbonation. Dull beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackradioboy (181) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2015
The usual Marston's sulphur nose (the label says: "floral and citrus aromas" - eh, no....) That pong aside, it's clean and sharp and a very enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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