Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Amber Ale
Wolverhampton, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask: Special for JD Wetherspoons Autumn 2009 International Real Ale Festival.
After his impressive début at our 2008 spring beer festival, renowned Japanese brewmaster Toshi Ishii has now made his third visit to Britain to brew a special beer for JDW. Brewed at Banks’s Brewery, Wolverhampton, this amber ale has a sweet, malty flavour, balanced by a hoppy character and herbal, citrus finish. Hops used: Centennial, Millennium, Simco

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2009 - Dark Amber in colour. Malty; light roast malts, caramel, toffee. Hoppy; grassy and earthy hops. Fruity; citrus-orange fruity, slightly herbal. Full flavoured. Nice malt/hop/fruit balance. Sweet malty with a bitter earthy hop character. OK beer! (2009-10)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (24164) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
12th November 2009
Spoons Fest. Clear amber beer, frothy white head. Last of the cask - had to persuade the barman to give it one more pull on the pump! Soft semi dry palate. Rich aromatic malts - but weirdly perfumed. Sweet nuttyness. Description says ’herbal’ - maybe that’s what I am getting. Unusual beer, glad to have tried it but would not want to try it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Tasted this in The Esquires House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear red amber with a thick creamy white head. strong fruity malt in the long aroma. Good creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives strong fruit notes of watermelon and redcurrants. Slight hop presence in the short aftertaste but sweet fruit in the refreshing finish. This reminded me of Houston brewery’s Crystal? A good summer session ale this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alphadelic (2217) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2010
Big citric bitterness at the beginning touching on iron and melon. It quickly mellows out to creamy maltiness. Totally sessionable. If a little biley at the start.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2009
Cask at Baker Street, W’Spoons. An amber coloured ale with a good fluffy white head. Really nice fresh and fruity aroma. Easy drinking ale tasting of fruit with a nice slight bitterness. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8218) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2009
The Fleur-de-Lis, Banbury. Soft tawny amber ringed with lace. Wet hay and faint citrus aroma witha pinch of ginger. Riper, more flowery citrus beneath; tangerine, biscuit, some white grape, paper and cherry sherbet. Mineral softness, English silk. Flimsy but decent. I like Japan and I like Banks’s. Good balance. 14.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.
Clean copper with an oily film. Strong biscuity malt, very bready. Faint astringent feel. Slightly meaty and fatty. Spooned to death I’m afraid. 

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Baker St. Amber with a loose bubbled off white head. A subtle. varied flavours but very underwhelming considering the hops promissed in the festival program. Watery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (10398) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Amber with an off-white foam.. Aromas are weetabix and toffee malts with peppery, herbal notes. Flavours are very herbal with grapefruit. Sweet toffee and caramel with a peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2009
Cask at JDW ... Amber ... thin white head ... soft fruity ligth hop nose ... light fruity toffee malts ... soft easy ... nice ... but nothing special

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