Bill Becker (1307) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Oct 2005
My first sample of the Cincinnati contract brewed product.
I poured it into my glass and thought the appearance was quite nice with a good head of foam. Aroma wise, a strong malt presence was immediately apparent so I knew this was brewed to the style and that's a plus in my book. ;^)
The taste was quite sweet with a bit of caramel overtones and the hop presence was in the background but in enough presence to give the brew a decent balance. I *could* taste a bit of the alcohol and that prevented me from giving it a higher score.
Over all, I find it to be a drinkable English Pale Ale and if it were available locally, I'd buy it from time to time.
gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2017
From old tasting notes. Brewed by Whitbread and Co., PLC in London, England. Clear, pale copper color with a foamy light tan head. Slightly sweet caramel-apple aroma. The foretaste is effervescent and tastes of slightly toasted bitter malt. Midtaste is dry and hoppy as is the finish. Week hopped, though not overpowering. Very good. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2017
Bottle - pours copper gold with white head - nose/taste of bready malt, touch of honey and caramel - medium body Serapac (540) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle. Brown, medium off-white head. Aroma malts, some caramel. Taste evolves from malty to mildly hoppy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hauxe (893) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2016
Rated from old notes. Disappointed to hear this one was retired as it was an old standby for me back in the late 90s. Poured dark copper with a creamy head. Taste was caramel malt, nuts, and a light touch of honey. Good stuff.
willisread (3544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours an amber color with a modest off-white head. Malt and caramel aromas present. Slightly sweet and bitter on the palate with a little pepper on the finish. Nothing special. Travlr (25749) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
American version, bottle. Pale golden yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of straw and white pepper. Taste is slightly less bitter than a lager. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
I have no idea how old this bottle is, but when in Rome...12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby color that’s in no way pale. About one finger of off-white colored head is formed, only to fade away quickly due to poor retention. No real lace.
S: Wow, this is VERY sweet. Tons of dark fruits inhabit the aroma, with only a hint of oxidation to break up the monotony. Honestly, it’s a pleasant nose, just not that complex. If the bottle didn’t say "pale ale", I’d wonder if it were an old ale instead (it’s certainly old in more ways than one...)
T: It tastes dangerously similar to prune juice - cripes, this is sweet. There is some mild oxidation, but nothing too horrible. The finish is a combination of chocolate and mineral water. Some decent qualities exist, but the whole package just seems...off.
M: Despite the sweetness, the dry finish is honestly kind of unpleasant, which says nothing about how unfitting the sweet and dry get along on the palate. Carbonation is almost nonexistent.
O: A truly great beer can stand the test of time (unless they’re hoppy, natch), and this hasn’t. If you still see this at your Neighborhood Liquor Store™ and you’re considering picking this up, don’t do it! Get something else instead. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
This one of my first go-to beers years back. Malty caramel flavor. Little hop presence. Not had the British version yet. Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
I’ve tried both the British and American versions and the American version is far better. This version is a copper coloured beer, darker and less cloudy than its British counterpart. Aroma is sweet malt, and floral hops, the hops more pronounced than the British version. The flavour is fuller and more defined in this version with a definite malt sweetness.