Steel City
Brewed at Little Ale Cart

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Sheffield, England


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask, Occasional;
New Zealand hops are all the rage at present and so, after acquiring the lupulistic trio of Green Bullet, Pacific Jade and Nelson Sauvin, it is time for the first Steel City brew hopped exclusively with New Zealand hops! Green Bullet are "Old Skool" hops, having been around since the 1980s, but their deliciously hedgerow-esque and leafy character left a strong imprint on my brain from the first taste of West Coast Green Bullet back in the early 1990s and now we are in the position of being able to create something - hopefully - along the same lines as that classic pale ale! Pacific Jade are a new hop with very interesting characteristics, think lemons and black pepper whilst imparting a mellow bitterness, and surely everyone knows about the bizarre gooseberry, stewed rhubarb, tropical fruit and New World Sauvignon Blanc flavours of Nelson Sauvin by now? Surely everyone does...? Well, these three hops were the ones used to create a beast of a pale ale which is 4.5% and 89 IBUs using only Fawcetts low-colour Maris Otter and a dash of wheat malt. Its a tribute to the man who did more than most to introduce New Zealand (and many more!) hops into the UK beer scene and so, hopefully, this brew will live up to the legend that is Brendan Dobbin!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle at the RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting, London. Pours clearish gold with a foamy, white head. Tangy citrus and pee hop nose. Lightly sweet flavor with a bit of grass and pee. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Clean hop finish. Nice grassy and mild citrus linger. Very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (23261) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... golden yellow ... thin white head .. soft bright light hop ... zezty fruit ... soft lemon .. soft juicy hop ... light passion fruit linger .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13339) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Cloudy yellow with a small white head. Hoppy aroma, herbal notes along with grapefruit and lime. Dry, citrus hoppy flavour

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Hand bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Hand bottle courtesy of Gazza. Hazy pale gold beer. Tiny white head. Light frothy palate. Frothy creamy malt. Nice fresh grassy hops with a trace of citrus. Frothy soft finish. Would really like to try Steel City freshly dispensed or bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15562) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Hand bottled (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting) (6:3:7:4:13=3.3)
Sweet and sticky hop aroma. Quite pale, hazy. Nice in the mouth. Good bitter and dry resiny finish, a touch woody.
Rerate: Hand bottled, same as previous batch, settled at home for 2 weeks. (8:4-:7:4+:16=3.9)
8 Stunning refreshing aroma, right from the first pour. Light and coriandery, slightly lemony, and with a gently wheaty component too.
4- Hazy and pale like a wit, but with a huge rocky white head that hangs around for a while too. Too pale for my liking, but if I tell myself its a wit, I can forgive it!
7+ Very simple malts, and a light grainy body, but that keeps itself in the background and lets the hops do their merry dance instead. The aromatic aspects are certainly as spicy and citrusy as the aroma promised, but theres brambley fruits and berries too.
4+ Crisp lively palate, good carbonation. Finish has everything from the darkest sticky resiny bitterness to dry pepperiness, to fruits, to citrus. Penty going on there. Then, as the fireworks die down, the light grains pop up to remind you theyre there. Nice.
16- Out-Oakhamming Oakham? As hoppy as their brews, as exciting too, but this has no oppressive features at all, its pure refreshment. Probably the best blond Ive ever had. Great job, Gazza! Pictish. Thats what this is. Pictish at their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011

Handbottled from Gazza @ RBESG 11 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London, England SE1 2NE.

Clear medium yellow colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, hay, moderate hoppy, citrus, grass, artificial citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110807]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle (Grand Tasting at RBESG 2011, London) at Dean Swift. Clear light yellow - white head. White bread, light toasted, peppery, zesty, light flowery, light sulfor, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Handbottled from Gazza who brought this along to share with Fin & Loz 18.08.11 cheers Gazza! Pours clear gold with a large foamy white head. Clean aroma, very grassy. Soft in the mouth but a great buzzing clean flavour, touch of citrus rippling around the mouth, bit of lime, another very good beer from the Steel City boys. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9982) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
Handbottle from Gazza at RBESG Grand Tasting, held at Dean Swift. Glowing pale yellow with a high fine head. Great sweaty NZ hops, grapefruit. Dry, hoppy and citric. Light body. Clean and crisp. Great light hoppy ale.

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