HopslamMarch 1, 2007
Available: ND, MN, IA, MO, WI, MI, IN, KY, OH, PA, VA, NC, FL
As a Londoner raised on Cockney beers bursting with hop character from the Kentish fields, this ale is manna from heaven. The fruit notes come from the hop and it would be good to know the varieties used. It has a pale copper color with a massive aroma of hop resins, spices and bitter oranges. Tart fruit, juicy malt and bitter hops fill the mouth, while the finish is finely balanced between orange fruit, spices, hops and rich malt. Magnificent!
- Roger Protz
This beer sports a beautiful, friendly, really quiet, but sociable head. The wonderfully hoppy aromatics entice me to enjoy the even better taste that overwhelms my waiting palate. Oh my! The dramatic hop presence here is balanced perfectly by the magnificent and assertive malt background. The label says “tongue bruiser,” but this is a genuine “tongue pleaser!” Everything you ever wanted in a beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
Fresh, clean aroma, with subtle fragrant hop notes and a hint of malty sweetness. The same goes for the palate, with its initial delicate sweetness ultimately becoming dry, evolving into a crisp, pleasantly bitter hop finish. If this beer is a steam whistle, it’s a distant one — the pleasant sound of a steam train gliding off into the sunset.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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