john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Cask. Superb! Intensely, massively hoppy! Pale gold in colour. Aromatic hops. Very, very grapefruit-citrus fruity. Grassy, resiny piney hops (American Centennial, American Simcoe & English Target hops). Solid malt base. Fresh, full-bodied. Very, very drinkable. Massive hop bite. Almost a religious experience. One for hopheads. Really enjoyed this. Lovely stuff. Terrific beer! Score 4.5 (dated 2008) ### That was my review in my own records in 2008. I had 3 pints one day and another 3 several days later in the Festival. With the advantage of hindsight, I now know that I under-rated this beer. I have never had a Cask Ale this good before or since and probably never will have. Truly it was a legendary beer. Here I have now rated it at 4.8. Why not 5.0? Because I live in hope that one day I will find a an even better Cask Ale, but I do doubt that. (dated 2017/02)
madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
3rd April 2008
Fruity aroamtic hops. Bitter but refreshingly so, doesn’t overwhelm with it’s hoppiness! Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Cask at the JDW near Old Street,4th April 2008. Due to my tardiness in typing up this rate, I may well be the last person to rate it. Orangey amber in colour with very little carbonation. There are fruit notes in the nose and on the tongue but of course what you really feel are the HOPS. My notes include the phrase "hopped to ****" and oh my god it works. The finish is seemingly endless and as the previous ratings attest, this beer has turned heads. I wonder what JDW will conjure for next year’s fest. Until then, Stone - I salute you! haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2008
Cask, various Spoons across the Midlands. Let’s get the beer porn bit out the way first; vicious hop nose, viscous sap mouthfeel, gold body gilded with a pillowy head, a melange of fruit borne unto the palate by ranks of cherubim and serpahim.... a great beer? Yes. At less than two quid a pint. Fantastic. A style that challenges British brewers to come up with something more imaginative than yet another festival mix? Possibly. A one-off experience that GB Ratebeerians are already getting dewy-eyed about? Probably. A beer that I’m glad to have hammered (session drinking round here is a hard knock life)? Certainly. leaparsons (10657) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2008
Cask, The Last Plantagenet and two other JDWs. Golden with an off-white head, quite viscous. Aromas are lots of apricot and sweet grapefruit with woody notes. Spicy and peppery with pine. Almost like an aftershave. Flavours are fruity with melon, apricot and citrus. Bitter green pine with woody notes. Slightly herbal with oranges. Grapefruit with bitterness on the finish. Addictive and very good.
bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Hand pulled cask at several JDW pubs durng their international beer fest. I was very excited to read about this beer in Spoon’s festival program and fortunately didn’t have long to wait until it appeared at my office local. It looked great, orange with an off-white head. The aroma was as strong and apertising as any beer I’ve ever encountered, the smell of huge quantities of hops hitting me long before I raised the glass to my nose The taste was was an absolute explosion of flavours. The most complex hop characture I’ve ever experienced but balanced by the juicest malts. The resinous hop oils present made this powerful brew slip down far too easily so my lunch break pint didn’t last long. The flavours remained with me four hours later when I clocked off from work and I headed sraight back to the pub for more. Alas, they had understandably sold out. Over the next two weeks I visited a couple of dozen or more Spoons pubs by bike, bus, car or train in search of this wonderful beer and was lucky enough to find it four more times. I tried it with/ without sparkler, fresh barrel / last pint out of barrel, sipping and making it last or a 5 pint quaffing session where it just got better and better until I could barely speak and was ordered out of the pub by my wife! It was never anything short of delicious and was without doubt the best british brewed beer I have ever sampled. Hats off to JDW for making this happen and PLEASE commission some more for your next festival. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2008
Thank you to a great friend from across the pond for getting me a hand-bottle of this! Poured crystal-clear, lighter orangey-golden with some loose bubbles sticking around for head.. lovely color to it. The flavor picked up juicy grapefruit and pears from the Simcoe (I’m a mega-sucker for Simcoe) with layers of soft caramel, pine, and sweet grapefruit meat.. I smelled this for about 15 minutes before I thought to drink some. The flavor retained the juiciness with sweet pear juice and grapefruit meat.. caramel provided more substance and texture than flavor.. bitterness was moderate-high, again with the juicy fruits and pine.. the finish was long-ish and a great memory of this drink! Roughly medium-bodied on the palate with very low carbonation.. gave it a bit of a slick feel.. again a long, succulent finish. I’m stoked that this survived the journey so well! Awesome beer! chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 14, 2008
cask at weatherspoons by george square, pours hazy golden yellow, pure white head smells hoppy, and distinctly american. citrus earth malt. taste is slightly almost watered down. brown sugar, barn almost wheat taste. great hop character very balanced. some length on the finish. vegetal. i canna believe it was only 1.69 this shit would have cost me $6 in the states. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2008
Cask at Moon and Bell Wetherspoons, Loughborough. A superb IPA. I was shocked at how good this was. Crystal clear, superb body, dry, hoppy. By far the best beer I’ve had in a Wetherspoons - and one of the best casks I’ve had anywhere. berkshirejohn (6588) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2008
Cask at the Gig House (JDW), Wokingham. Amber with a thick creamy cream head; aroma of orange peel and grassy hops; big grapefruit flavour, rich and buttery; delicously prolonged deep bitter finish. Wow. Well done JDW, well done SN.