Double Century

500 mL bottle from Greens on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Part of the new wave of Thwaites available here in the USA. Here is an excerpt from my review of another of this range (Wainwright) which also applies here;
“The presentation looks good and some thought has gone into this. They seem to be retailing for $4.99 across the board.
I am worried about a couple of things about the range in general. These beers tend not to travel well, and in any case they are simply beers that are infinitely better in their cask versions, close to the source. Hardly any bottled beer of this type is drunk in England, so these are simply not the best rerprentations of these beers that you will ever get.”
On to the review for Double Century.
Very light colored pour which at first has me worried that this s really a Golden Ale rather than a Bitter. One whiff of the hop combo in the nose leads me to believe that we have something more substantial here. Nice golden color.
Surprisingly well carbonated and a better than average head and some really good lace.
Lovely malt backbone supports a dry beer than finishes long and with surprisingly delicacy. The hops are sturdy but light. Almost floral in their nature, they dance gently on the tongue. Smooth bitterness completes the package. This is actually a pretty hoppy beer, but American palates will generally NOT agree. The understanding and role of the hop in craft brewing has shifted so far to one extreme on this side of the pond, that beer like this no longer register on many peoples taste range. No matter, those that know will appreciate the quality product that this and will enjoy it and will see the hoppy nature of the brew.
Well crafted, balanced, tasty and a better than expected average beer of its type. I’d LOVE to taste this on cask, it would probably be close to “5’s” across the board.

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10/01/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.2 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.35
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