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Brewed by Wye Valley
Style: English Strong Ale
Bromyard, England

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Mainly available bottle conditioned. Occasionally available on cask.
The fields of barley ripening in the sunshine; the hops climbing up the bines in late summer... It was sights like these that inspired Dorothy to create her Country Ale.
Made with all-natural ingredients, it’s a must for any discerning drinker who savours the summer and cares about the countryside.
This strong, full-bodied ruby ale can be enjoyed on its own or as a partner to red meat dishes, cheeses and even rich steamed puddings.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Superb. Incongruously poured a 500ml into a liter glass. Whatever. It fits! In this dim light I can find no exp date. Pillowy half inch light tan head. Slightly misty iced tea brown. Nose of lightly toasted wheat, rye, myriad nuts, pears, and banana bread cooling on a stoop far off; as well as fading hints of caramel, cocoa, coffee, and cream of cinnamon, again -fading- this beer is roving complexity. Mouthfeel is perfect. Balanced to its core. I’m compelled to compare it to all the other British pale/full pale ales available in CT. Its closest cohort is Fullers ESB, but the extra few percentiles of ABV give it a noticeable edge: more chewy, more dry, less raw bread, more brown cracker. Not as sweet as the delicious Black Sheep. Certainly more bodifull than Coniston Bluebird (my other Brit fave), but possibly as dry. Much richer than the refreshing St Pete’s Ale. Not as one-trick as the overtly hoppy Sam Smith Nut Brown. Easier to sink your teeth into than the subtle Pitchfork. Dead on in strength: 6%. Quintessential cool-whether pale ale when Fullers 1845 is just too much.


3.4
vinivini (2381) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle 50cl. Foggy bronze colour. Big and stable ivory head. The aroma is modest. Vague caramel, esters and hops. Medium to full body. Creamy texture. The taste is medium dry. Caramel, nuts, floral hops. Light bitterness. Decent.

3.5
shrubber85 (11382) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Honey, cardboard, toffee malt, and straw aroma. Dark amber with moderate head. Moderately sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice body. Good - wish I could have had a fresher bottle though.

2.7
dchad56 (486) - - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle - heavy carbonation, light brown with small head. Fairly strong hoppy aroma. Ting on tongue and in mouth. Strong tasting, full bodied, bitter finish - strong aftertaste.

3.5
klm1 (1534) - Bled/SF, - JUL 16, 2015
Amber haze colour with creamy white head. Visualy medium carbonation. Aroma without notice of an alcohol:you can detect fruity-floral notes with sweetness of malts. Taste is the same, finish slightly dry. Malt sweetness is medium, also hop bitterness. Proper beer for its style.

4.2
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
The body has a deep amber color with a burnt orange to reddish highlight. It has tons of visible carbonation rushing up to its thick and creamy head. The tightly packed off white head leaves lots of cool lace patterns and rings on the glass. It’s malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Underneath the maltiness is a mild dried leafy/herbal and slightly mineral like hop presence. Meeting on the tongue are wonderful malty bready notes with hints of bready yeast, caramel and toffee with mellow fruitiness. Light leafy and herbal hops add a pleasant balance of mild bitterness to the finish. Its mouth feel is a solid medium to full and smooth as silk with mellow carbonation.

2.9
jeverszeuge (647) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
# 3444 ersma: dorothy, die nette dame auf dem etikett, zieht sich für jede sorte was andersfarbiges an. das ist witzig. braun-kupferfarben mit mittelviel schaum. der geruch ist malzig-süßlich mit karamellnote. der antrunk ist ale-ig, süßlich mit viel karamell, aber auch leicht fruchtige und bittere anflüge. die mitte wird herber und bitterer, auch hier karamell, dazu etwas herbe kräuter. der abgang ist bitterer, süßliche aromen mehr im hintergrund, deutlich herber. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: solide. gut trinkbar. 10,10,9,10,13,10 - 10,00

2.6
Zita (6325) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
light sweet alcoholic aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, light sweet dry finish.may be too old.

2.6
Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Light amber and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Aroma is heavy sweet, some odd fruity notes too. Perhaps light hops. Flavor is heavy sweet, light bitter finish. Creamy texture.

3.6
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Barely any aroma. If anything, a slightly TCP tinged malty character. Looks good though, dark brown / reddish with a good amount of bubbles rising for the style. Thick, sweet, caramel deep malt flavour balances well with the bitterness from the hops. Can taste the alcohol, good full body, almost oily. A great standard beer.

3.6
Martin243 (1155) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
500 ml bottle at home. Stood for two days and poured carefully into a pint shaker, but still more cloudy than expected. Hazy brown, with minimal head. Caramel malt aroma with a splash of Cointreau. This is repeated in the flavour, along with dried fruit and nuts. Deceptively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but as a number of raters point out, this hides its alcohol well, and drinks more like a premium bitter, particularly as there is a hop astringency to the finish.


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