Brewed by Woods
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Craven Arms, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Seasonal - Spring. Also available bottle conditioned all year.
Hopping Mad uses just one single hop variety, Progress, to achieve its appealing aroma, its pleasingly bitter taste and its delightful sparkle. We believe the result is uniquely enjoyable. So did the judges at the Beauty of Hops Awards, who awarded it a Silver Medal.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dalle (1145) - Skrping, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
Bottle. Golden-amber, cloudy with tiny head. Earth, citrus, leather, mineral, good balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (5203) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2005
Slightly cloudy and not as hoppy as I had expected from the bottles label. Dissapointing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle. I got a lot of citrus and orange in this, some sherbert. I also found it quite smooth and fairly light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13873) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. Amber colour with short lasting head. Bitter citric hop notes, a beer with a one track message and that is a big hop note. Dry, grassy with some apricot, but mostly hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ungstrup (35904) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2004
An amber beer with an OK, but disappearing white head. The aroma is weird with spices and hop notes, doesnt the weirdness come from the Progress hops? The flavor is very hoppy and very weird with a dry end. I wonder if it is the Progress hops, that makes this beer weird?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2004
Bottled. Golden, foggy from the stirred sediment of its days travel. Citrus hop aroma. Citrus bitterness and tang. More yeasty tang. Possibly better if not drunk by a greedy drunk without patience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
Light and fragrant. An easy drinking golden bitter with clean flavours from an average brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 I expected something tangy and citric but, although this was perfectly acceptable, nothing really leapt out and grabbed me. Everything was a bit restrained and muted. Pale amber colour, faint lemony hop aroma and vague sweet & sour finish. Overall, rather short on flavour and lacking in zing. Not bad but I agree with Gazza that an extra shot of hops wouldnt have gone amiss. Cask (handpump), Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall, London SW1. RE-RATE 500ml bottle. No BBE date but probably rather old. Dull creeal malt aroma. Touch of citrus in the flavour with moderate bitterness. Rather dull mouthfeel with very little condition. Seemed very tired. 5/3/5/3/10. Original rating retained.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
Bottled. Is this BC? The bottle doesnt say so and it doesnt behave like one. The aroma is very interesting. A sort of spritzy apples and caramel smell. The beer is mid brown and has no head. The taste reminds me of a saison; it is slightly salty and apple-like and is quite interesting and tasty,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2004
A beer i'd not tried for years, but I'm sure it used to be better than this! Nice amber colour, but that's the best bit. Faint malt on the nose, a plain malty body with a sort of appley bitterness and a dry, balanced but still malty finish. Brewed only with progress hops; not enough of 'em for me though. (sampled on cask in Wetherspoons, Wigan, UK)

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