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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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3.6
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Earth and plummier fruit in the aroma than in the flavor. Mineralized, very softly carbonated water with fresh watermelon malt accents and herby, vegetal hoppi ng make this very nice up front. Some lasting bitterness. Reduced fruitiness compared to some other ESAs, which are not my fave style. Also, a bit thin. Miles away from the rich dark plumminess of a Fuller’s Strong, but still pretty yummy.

3.4
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber colour, slight burgundy hue. Nice lacy white that clung to the glass to the finish. Big malty aroma, sweet malty taste with good bitter depth and structure. Sharp on the palate and refreshing for such a strong ale.

3
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Cute pun, all right..."Goodbody", "(H)our glass (figure)" so, jokes aside, is this rather pricey beer worth it? (a whopping $5.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle where I bought it). Appearance: deep, dark brown body, clear in the light, with a small, faint head. Aroma: all fruit, sweetness and yum, but rather quiet. Taste:...and terribly mild on the palate, too, with a thick malty feel, and an oddly short finish. Strangely flinty. Mouthfeel’s actually heavy, although the flavor it carries is nothing to sing or shout about...nothing about it is...incredibly ordinary,,,speaks softly and carries a nerfbat. Although the taste is nice, bright, fruity, tasty, it’s nothing you can’t find better represented in other beers. I’ve got one more beer left in the fridge to try from this line, and I’m still wondering why they exist. Or are so damned expensive. I definitely don’t need another of these.

3.1
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2012
Hazy amber color with fine lasting white head. Malty aroma. Sweet easy drinkable slightly thin flavor of dark fruits.

3.6
Lagerboy (2206) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
Ruby red with a thick creamy head. Roasty sweet malts, caramel, burnt sugar with some dried fruitiness. Mild bitterness, nicely balanced. Love the graphics too!

3.6
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle from the Beverage Castle, Tampa. <P> Has a bit of a fresh scrubbed glass, cleaning solution aroma, but that is muted. Stronger aromas include fruit and malt and a bit of caramel and sugar. The body is an orange tinted dark brown and holds a well formed thumb thick head that is quite lasting and very substantial looking. Medium sweetness with some very noticeable alcohol that gives a sort of dry chemical bitterness. Some dark fruit notes and a suggestion of spice. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Fairly decent, but the alcohol seems entirely too harsh for a relatively low 6% abv beer.

4.4
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice, clean and very enjoyable. Copper in color. Very good ale. Big malt flavor with a slight presence of hops.

3.4
rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Clean malt aroma with a light fresh alcohol aroma.Dark orange color with a small white head. Light bitter beginning getting stronger in the finish. Malt plays a large role in the end.

3.8
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle. Reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Fruity, bready, spicey aroma. Sweet malt, fruity taste with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff.

3.5
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Our Glass from the bottle at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a deep chestnut amber body with a medium whitish head. Nutty, sweet, hoppy, citrus nose. Malty, chalky, mildly tangy fruity flavors. Fullbodied and earthy in the finish. Very nice beer!


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