Single Malt

Notes taken from England trip 2007. Cheers Chris! Label different to the one in the BA db. Orange, amber hue. Pour gives some nice soapy head and some simple lace. Head is small, but present. The name of this beer is related to the fact that it is brewed with 100% Golden Promise Malt that is used in whisky manufacture. The combination gives a subtle beer that is both sweet and dry(!). Typically aromatic English Pale that is dominated by the moreish, toasty, biscuit like malts, although this...

Double Drop

Taken from notes from England, July 2007. Cheers Chris! Dark golden colored pour from the clear 500 mL bottle. Wispy, bubbly head, some creamy lace. Looks nice. Sweet malts dominate this typically English brew, with a small hop presence in the finish. Dry and sweet at the same time. Bitterness is more in the nose rather than the taste. A little caramel and toffee come through, with the classic shortbread and biscuity based malts. Very drinkable. Won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I could...

Old Empire

From notes taken in England in July 2007. Cheers Chris! 500 mL, splendid looking clear glass bottle. Quite why this is listed as an American IPA I'm not sure, but I know that subject can get people all excited (What was the original IPA? Where does the modern IPA sit? What about Burton? What about DIPA's? What about subtlety? etc. etc.) so I think I leave that alone here. Pale orange pour, nice soapy head. Soapy notes in the nose and initial tastes. Apparently the hopping process uses the...

Marks & Spencer India Pale Ale

Picked this up at the Exeter M&S as a gift pack that included one bottle, one decent looking, etched glass mug and a nice stainless steel opener for the knockdown price of 1 GBP as a clearance item from Father's Day! Lovely jubbly. Decent amber colored pour with some good head that surprised me with its level of retention. Body looks substantial. Simple hop profile, put together with plenty of malts to back it up. Quintessentially "English" in flavor with plenty of sweetish malts meaning that...

Pedigree

Classic English Pale Ale, although, in England this is usually simply going to be referred to as "Bitter" by most folks, it has a classic pale orange body, with some cloudiness, lots of sediment, a small head and some lacing. Rounded, soft malts in the mouth with a dry, but creamy hop finish. Obvious session qualities. As expected, mild bitterness is the featured experience. Burton water comes through strong and the combination of Fuggles and Goldings meld beautifully. Not a patch on a...