Leighton (22304) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle at Euston Tap, London. Pours cloudy amber with a fine film head. Light malt aroma with vegetal and spicy hops. Flavor has mild sweetness, yeast and slight, earthy bitters, along with faint metallic notes. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter with faint caramel malts. Overall uninspiring. One of the guys I shared this bottle with (a highly respected London beer blogger) said the beer needed more time. As it was, I found it average at best. I even felt like it had a macro-produced character to it, and this was before I knew it was a brewed by a subsidiary of a giant. I just need to try an older bottle, I suppose. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 Had this several times quite a while ago before the Coors or Museum take over. It really liked it back then. Would be interested to see if it was the same. Serving: Bottle Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2010
500 ml bottle. Copper coloured and crystal clear. Tall creamy off-white head that clings to the glass. Earthy hoppy aroma with a nutty character. Hints of red berries, like red currants and raspberry. Plums and grass. Leathery malty flavours balanced by a dry and bitter finish. Nicely balanced beer with interesting flavours. Not particularly similar to contemporary IPAs. olsvammel (7289) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. It looks ok and tasted ok, but the taste was horrible. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there was definitely something off. A wierd kind of stingy bitterness that didn’t match with the rest of the flavours. Very unbalanced with a harsh mouthfeel. Not very enjoyable and I ended up leaving most of the beer at the pub. Davros (3282) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours dark amber approaching copper with an amazing large lasting head.
Nose is light and refreshing at first with soft earthy, resinous and spicy hops. Not a huge amount of malt but whats there shows cookie-dough and almost bready characters.
Flavours close follow the aromas but with more malt noticeable and a powerful hoppy bitterness, quite lengthy.
Carbonation is too high, a distraction from the malt.
The Etruscan (704) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUL 9, 2010
Off white foamy head. Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty with fruity (prunes), light caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor is moderately malty with light fruity tones, ending in a moderately bitter, gently wooden finis. Light to medium bodied. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
A great traditional IPA. Golden orange in texture but a bit too cloudy for my liking in the appearance. A nice fruity; maybe mango and strawberries amognst the carmael body and the surprisingly notable alcohol. Drinkability is moderate but the beer is very solid. I am enjoying this. It can also be aged too. This was supermarket bought so suspect the ratings would be improved on cask. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of wildflowers, grassy, some caramel. Tastes lightly spicy and semi sweet with a hint of sweet citrus, some spicy notes, earthy, some tea. jaghana (6280) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle 50cl. A yellow-amber beer lightly cloud with medium head. Smell on hops and caramel like. Aroma is on sweet malt, caramel, and nice hop character. Bitterness is present but without the heavy citrus aroma from US IPAs. Well balanced with a grassy and metallic finish, this IPA is nice and well drinkable. LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAY 9, 2010
Excellent IPA. White persistent head for a red ale. Aroma: malt, herbs, toast, fruits, and a bit caramel. Taste: medium sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Low to medium astringency and carbonation. Medium body. Good balance.