Thornbridge / Dark Star Coalition Old Ale

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Old Ale
Ashford in the Water, England


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Bottle & cask; Special.

This Coalition Ale based on the classic Old ale stylw was brewed on 25 February 2009 when the Thornbridge brewing team were joined by Mark Tranter from Dark Star Brewing in Sussex. Matured for almost two years and now ready to be sipped and enjoyed - cheers!
This unfiltered orange-hued Ale pours with a fine white head. The aroma offers notes of sandalwood and honey. In the mouth it has a soft quality but overall it’s dry with a mouth-coating bitterness and notes of honey and oriental resin. The finish has a subtle bitterness reminiscent of liquorice root.

Malts: Maris Otter Pale Ale and Crystal
Hops: Atlas, Aurora and Liberty.
Brewed February 2009 and bottled October 2010.

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harrisoni (19318) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle at ACBF ’11. Orange amber colour with thin ivory head. It’s like a dry pale ale. VEry bitter on finish. Some orange fruits. Bit grassy.

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
On cask at the Euston Tap on 4 December 2010. I was really looking forward to this beer but have to say it was a bit disappointing to say the least. Green apple in the aroma. Rather musty on the palate. Didn’t seem in very good condition. Not sure I had this at the same time as the others who gave it a positive rating. Must try to get hold of a bottle to re-rate. Default score in the meantime.

leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle. Deep gold with a firm white foam. Aromas are caramel base malts with sandalwood perfume, pineapple and lemon. Spiced oranges with melon and bready yeast. Clean and hoppy with woody aspects and apricot. Flavours are very dry woody hops with sweet mixed fruits. Mainly dry with grapefruit bitterness and some pine. Herbal and perfumed with peppery alcohol. Good yet somehow fleeting - therefore demanding another mouthful.

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2011
Bottle 500ml. @ Th. 4th. Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) 2011, De Kasteelhoeve, Doorniksesteenweg 314, Outrijve (Avelgem), Belgium.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, fruity, wood, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, hoppy, fresh grass. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110304]

Cask @ Euston Tap, 190 Euston Road, London, Greater London England NW1 2EF.

Unclear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, straw, green apples, toasted, caramel, oxidide. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, brown sugar, dried pale fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to sof. [20101204]

Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF 2011. A little hazy golden/orange colored beer, with a white head. The aroma of fruits and tonsil with peach. The taste of sweet fruits, some bitter, dry. The aftertaste is dry sweet with a little bitter.

jfb (6624) - GERMANY - MAR 9, 2011
(bottle) pours a hazy golden-orange colour with a frothy white head. aroma of grass and pepper, quite spicy, with notes of cinnamon, straw and grain, some light cardboard present as well. flavour is very floral, with hints of dandelions, some light cooked vegetables and a slightly unfitting bitter finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy orange pour. Aroma is spicy, fruity with candy tangerine. Sweet flavor and also quite bitter. Well balanced. Long finish.

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Cloudy amber - white head. Fruity, grassy, light hoppy, hay, straw, honey, bread, dark bread, cookies, caramel,sweetness, licorice, light hoppy. Dry finish.

dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF. Aroma is red fruit, some malt and yeast. Flavour is fruity, quite sweet, creamy,, some spices. Hard to define but very good.

joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Clear orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, cookies and bread. Fruity flavour of caramel, bread and hops.

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