Lagonda IPA - The Marble Arch
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Reviews by truebluebums:
4.19/5 rDev +7.4%
BB: September 4th, '15
Pours hazy golden yellow, with a small white head of a finger or two that doesn't stick around for long.
Smell: Very hoppy. Tangerine, pineapple, orange rind all reinforced by good pale malt backing. Apparently, 6 different hops were used in this beer, and it shows.
Taste: Bitter and full with a crisp finish, is how I would summarize this beer. The flavors you would expect from the hops are a bit muted compared to the citrus notes in the nose but they contribute the long lasting bitterness. The body is not thin, but not too full. Quite a striking balance. There's a bit of a mintiness and tea like tannins contribute to a pretty dry finish and make you want another sip. There's quite a husky funk at the end, but at the same time this beer tastes very fresh.
Read the story on the side of the bottle on how they make their beer at the marble arch. It's quite interesting. They brew a cask beer and mix that with a younger fresher version of the beer and then bottle it. Definitely adds to the complexity of the beer, and this is a nice break from the over-hopped , thin IPAs that are so prevalent now days.
03-26-2014 15:06:14 | More by truebluebums
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United Kingdom (England)
4.01/5 rDev +2.8%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Named after a great car, and perhaps appropriately, the label is now in racing green.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy golden hue with plentiful fine sediment and good carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with great retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Lovely lacing. Aroma of intense, fruity hops: grapefruit, lime, faint melon, citrus and grass. This is underpinned by subtle grainy malt and earthy yeast. It smells fantastic.
Tastes of fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, mild white grape, faint melon, grass/hay, grain, light malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated and very dry, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and slightly spicy; good carbonation and decent body for the style. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry, earthy yeast.
Superb - a fantastically hoppy IPA that goes down a treat. It looks great and the aroma/flavour are top notch, with tons of fruity hop notes. Very dry and astringent; the hops oils seem to contribute to this. The grassiness and fruitiness result in an IPA that straddles the line between English and US varieties, bringing the best of both worlds to one beer. A quality brew - don't hesitate to grab one if you see it.
04-12-2013 23:53:20 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Tried on cask at Euston Tap in London.
Pours a pale golden colour, fairly clear and bright but with a slight haze sitting in the beer. Head forms a foamy cask-like crest of just off-white. Solid body holding some very fine still off-cask carbonation. Looks very good.
Crisp and green and very prominent from cask. Slight herbal characters come through and plenty of bright citrus giving a lovely aromatic overtone to everything. Crispy grain basis leaves structure to it. It's a bit light on full-blown punch, but otherwise it's great.
Flavour is actually even better. Clean entry with that savoury grain/malt note before the pithy citrus comes through pleasantly. Bitter herbs appear on the back leaving a clean and crisp back palate with some lingering fruity bitterness. Aftertaste is clean and smooth.
Feel is also smooth, light and creamy. Very pleasant indeed.
Overall, it's a cracking drop. While it doesn't challenge the palate, there's something beautifully drinkable about the brew as a whole. Very drinkable, very crisp with lingering bitterness and brilliant balance. I really love it.
04-18-2014 17:30:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Straw-like golden color, nearing on amber. Dense white head, with decent lacing throughout the sample.
S - Grassy, citrusy bitter hop aroma with some yeastiness
T - Good hops up front, much more citrus like than cedary. Prominent malt background, though
M - Oily, no carbonation to speak of (being cask) and fairly slick mouthfeel
D - A very drinkable IPA and well-balanced with malt. Not overly complex, but certainly entertaining.
Would very much recommend.
09-27-2008 19:54:45 | More by Nickls
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
Purchased at the Dram Shop in Sheffield. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned and organic. BB 05/04/07, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a clear amber colour with lively but fine fizziness (like a quality lager poured on tap!!) and slowly growing off-white creamy froth that reaches a state of souffle head then (almost) never retreats--looking stunning for an English bottle-conditioned beer...
S: rich and dry citrus-zesty hoppyness abounds; due to the thickness of the froth, other aromas are hardly detectable; as the froth reluctantly settles, the rich smack of Goldings' orangey hops gets support from flower-nectars, Fuggles' aroma, faintly buttery yeastiness, and a mild hint of focused note of juicy pale malts. Very hoppy, and solid.
T: dry and bitter as well as juicy hoppy from the beginning, gradually pale malt's juicy texture follows up, together leading towards an aftertaste that is intensely and complexly dry, bitter, and fruity-hoppy... the tangy and bitter dried citrus peels is mixed pretty well with the bitter-sweet edge of pale malts (with some crushed raw peanuts~~), a touch of spice, and a diacetyl-like, savoury touch of "yeasts" (I guess), while the clean but dryish bitter palate at the rear of the tongue just lingers elegantly.
M&D: ever so soft in fizziness, not at all as spritzy as its appearance (with constantly lively streams of tiny bubbles) tends to suggest; dry on the palate, due to an abundant entry of hops, but at the same time the fruitiness offers some balance to result in a pleasantly more-ish texture. All in all, this is a fantastic bottle-conditioned English IPA by the Marble Arch brewery, with spot-on yeast condition and superb quaffability. Although it's not as complex as the likes of long-established Young's London Special Ale or White Shield IPA, this micro-brewery stuff is well worth serious appreciation and slow sipping.
03-11-2007 18:56:03 | More by wl0307
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Golden with orange highlights, lightly hazy. Thin but lasting head.
Aroma of fresh raspberries with a hints of strawberry complemented by sweet caramel. Floral.
Candy-like sweetness and solid clean bitterness hit right away. Sweetness is complemented by notes of light toffee. As the sweeness begins to fade, herbal hop comes through mid-palate and intensifies into the finish. Finish is semi-sweet. Bitterness sticks around into the aftertaste. Hints of cedar throughout. Perfect level of carbonation. Medium bodied.
06-19-2011 15:49:08 | More by NCBeernut
Lagonda IPA from The Marble Arch
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