Jennings Cumberland Ale - Jennings Brothers PLC

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Jennings Cumberland AleJennings Cumberland Ale

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80
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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 52
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 52
Photo of cervezango
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

theres no excuse really for this beer, i might be being harsh on it because i just had other ales(true ales,not this joke) but its just not good. when a beer is marketed the way this one is in england, on the same shelf as fullers london pride and fullers disover blone beer as well as honey dew all vasltey superior beers, it should be at least in the same league on the low end or something, there no different bettween this and heiniken , stella or other wise, its not and adjunct lager, however it taste very mass pro duced, mostly there just nothign special.

look, gold amber hugh

smell, hops smell not very aromatic

taste, macro lagery adjuncty, stellaish, mildly bitter mildly sweet. dry bitter hops finish. not bad but nothing stands out by any means.

mouth feel, leaves it dry, with bitter.

over all, would by again, didnt enjoy it, i only finished all 500ml because i wanted the alcohol and mostly cuz i paid for it.more than3 quid man.

buy somthing else. (973 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: clear amber beer with thin off-white head of less than 1 finger.

S: malty, biscuity, mildly floral

T: typical pale ale with moderate bite and slightly bitter finish. Not outstanding but fairly representative of the style.

M: slightly above-average carbonation gives this one a refreshing bite.

O: not outstanding, not terrible, just decent. Would certainly try it again. (424 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Currently 4.7% ABV
Poured into english pint.
Clear fdeep golden beer with 2-finger off-white head, average retention. Aroma of rhubarb, sweaty, vinegar, unpleasant in common. Taste is not balanced, harsh enough at first, rounded by amber malts, banal hop bitterness in the finish. Dull and inessential. (302 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted 2010.

Appearance : yellow colour, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, with moderate bitter taste.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English pale ale. (254 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Completely see-through light brownish color with a bit of gold in the color. Nearly pure white head. Good, but not excellent lacing

S - Fairly bland aromas, with some fruit (apples?) with not a whole lot going on. Really no hop aromas

T - Again, pretty basic. Malt and fruitiness are pretty well balanced, but I was expecting a bit more hop given the style.

M - Fairly thin, of course no carbonation given cask serving, and a bit more watery than I would like for the style

D - Pretty decent as it wasn't too hard to take down the sample. But it left me wanting for taste.

Overall, this was a decent and basic attempt. Far tastier brews in the style range, but this wasn't terrible. (707 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy english bitter. Nice, light flavours, which blend nicely, hoppy and clean, very nice session beer. Nothing out of the ordinary or complex for that matter, but a solid little bitter, without a doubt this would be better cask conditioned, but it tasted fine, if a little restrained, from the bottle. (305 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle straight from the source after a friend's visit.

Pours a transparent light copper with a hint of orange haze. Bone white head that rises to about two fingers on a pretty hard pours. Falls down without leaving too much lacing behind. Nose presents some really light malt sweetness and a touch of floral hops. Taste is light with a nice bitterness. Not too much hop flavor, but you can definitely tell that they're there. Some graininess to it as well. Mouthfeel is quite light. Slightly bitter finish. Mild carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but nothing too appetizing about it. While it does have a bit more flavor than the average mild, it's not terribly appetizing. (671 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A attractive dark apricot colour but topped by a fairly pathetic flimsy head and rings of lace.

S - Honey, lemon, grass, biscuit, grain.

T - Fairly typical of the mildness of the style, an assortment of faint flavours, orange flavoured strepsils, honey, apricot, lemon, corn and some floral hops.

M - Medium to high carbonation, dry and lightly bitter in the finish, thin bodied.

O - Not bad, but won't be rushing out to get myself another one. (453 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle, BB 12/12/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: a semi-lively, dark tawny body carries huge and tiny bubbles, topped with a fluffy off-white foamy head.
S: qutie rich in raw-nutty or gristy pale malts, hand in hand with a lively nose of orangey fruits, dried grassiness, and yeasts; a swirl brings out the distinctive smell of malts, almost like blended with some dried herbs and dried tree leaves...
T: the foretaste is mildly malty but not sweet, added with a wee bit metallic palate, then turning rather tea-leafy, tannic in terms of hop bitterness, on a par with a remnant hint of caramelised sugar in the end.
M&D: quite fizzy, this bottle is somewhat more heavily carbonated than my palate prefers, but the body remains sound and the overall palate very clean to make it a decent, even more-ish, Bitter. Although this rather quiet ale does not give a "wow factor, it is still a well-crafted brew. (939 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice head, decent retention and solid film and lacing. Colour is a straw, copper, gold. Pretty nice.

Smell is a dry crisp maltiness. Some apple-y notes. Hops are pleasant.

Taste is a fresh and crisp fruitiness initially, this has a real bite of a body to it, quite refreshing. Good balance with good amounts of malt and hops. Pretty good flavour though it goes a bit sour and minerally at the end. Aftertaste is dry, slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is quite refreshing and drinkability, light body, very sessionable. Carbonation is moderate. Drinks fine.

A fine session ale. Not amazing, but wouldn't turn it down, quite tasty, nothing special though. (656 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hand-pulled pint in 'The Smugglers' on Cleethorpes Sea Front (10 Oct 2012).

Another beer I have on a regular basis that somehow hasn't seen me write about it.

Amber body: good, deep and creamy textured white head on top.

The taste and nose were fruity and malty, slightly different to the bottled version, certainly more of a caramel feel to the whole thing.

Nice easy blend: mine was getting towards the end of the barrel and almost on the turn, but I know it can be a lot better than the pint I had, so my scores are higher than the pint should really get. (562 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber colour with nice white head, fluffy bubbles with a nice meringuey lacing. Decent.

Smells mild and light. Decent herbal notes with touch of citrus, tea and fresh-cut grass. Pleasant enough, but a bit bland.

Creamy vanilla-styled malt upfront that blends into caramel grain midway before delving into a gentle hop bitterness. Goldings and fuggles come to mind, with English Breakfast tea notes, mint and steamed green vegetables. Mild spicy touch to the bitterness at the back. All pretty mild, drinkable, decent enough.

Reasonably body but ultimately falls a bit thin. Not a lot of texture to grab hold of here.

A reasonable English pale, one to quaff by the pint but nothing really special. (715 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle unlike current photo. Amber colour with minimal head. Sweet dried fruit nose with a faint herbal hoppy twang.

Tastes sweet but in an uninspiring uniform manner before quite pleasant herbal hoppy finish so exactly as the nose suggested. This tastes more like a fairly good lager than a golden ale. Not very interesting but refreshing so would make a pleasant session ale. (384 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2011. ABV is 4.7%, not 4.2% as mentioned above. The front label has a view of part of the lake district with the description 'Late afternoon in October looking over Crummock Water'.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Traces of floating sediment are just visible. Produces a large creamy head of white foam that lasts for several minutes. A dry, hoppy aroma that suggests good bitterness. A hint of malt with faint notes of roasting, burnt matches and solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a dominant dry bitterness. Leafy notes, but little in the way of aromatic hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation. Leaves the palate dry, with a bitter aftertaste.

A decent, well-balanced ale. Quite bitter, but refreshingly so. Worth trying if you come across it. (849 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Copper in color, it was poured into a pint glass, clear seeing the carbonation, thick head that left lacing around the glass and it didn't go away.

Smell- Not strong, but with hints of flowers. Nice aroma

Taste- When you first take a drink it starts out as slightly bitter, but then changes to smooth with tastes of clove. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfell- Not watery, but not velvety. Just smooth.

Drinkability- Very nice beer, easy to have anther (467 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass

A - Really nice clear Golden colour, with a thick two fingered white head that stays the distance.

S - Big aromas of grain, malt and some yeast.

T - Grainy flavours up front with a little banana and burnt toffee. Finishes with a really nice lingering bitterness and malt flavour. This is a top ale.

M- Light to Medium body with medium carbonation that leads to a smooth drop.

D - You will not find a better example of the style. (475 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 31 Mar 12.

Appearance: A very hazy apple cider colored body. Lots of little lacing all around and a healthy head that holds its own.

Smell: Orange rinds, grapefruit and a mineral-like aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit rinds, biscuity and fleshy fruit. Bit of spicy sugar. Packs some good flavor.

Mothfeel: Creamy comes to mind as well as a bit of grainy bitterness.

Overall: Very nice pale ale with a nice taste and very easy to drink. (502 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 4.2 % abv

Appearance: Golden orange in colour with a good head that leaves some lace.

Smell: Malty followed by grassy hops. Hints of marmalade as the beer warms.

Taste: Malty, earthy hops, typical (but good) pale ale taste. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light (but not watery), crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Best for a warm day. (385 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12 July 2007 at the Red Bull (I think) across the street from Manchester Piccadilly. Pours a golden color into my Imp Pint. Head rises a bit but is quick to settle.

Aromas are light and clean with a very sublte hint of sweetness and a very light touch of hops. Taste follows the nose a bit in a very subtle and highly drinkable brew.

This really hit the spot as the second pint moving across the taps, left to right. (434 characters)

Photo of Stephen63
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured really nice, light copper head but faded rather quickly.

S - Sweet and flowery.

T - Pretty much as expected for a bitter though sweet, bitterness only really present in aftertaste.

M - Nice carbonation though a little thin.

D - Very much a decent session beer.

A solid bitter and I'd like to try the cask version. The Sneck Lifter from this brewery on cask was one of my highlights this year. (409 characters)

Photo of garcia2a
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a bin at a bottle shop in York. This beer oured a a nice brownish yellow, lightly hazy, slight carbonation with a thin, nicely lacing head.

The bouquet has an initial malty bitterness that yields to bready tones, followed by some butterscotch and a faint hops component. This translated well to the taste as there was a nice balance between malt, hops and light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, as the slight hoppy component to the aftertaste seemed to keep the palate focused on beer and taste. This beer did not cloy much. This is a nice, friendly, highly drinkable English beer. Perfect for that pop in for a quick nip. Wish I had more, but I do not believe I can get it in PA. (703 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top pint from The Falcon @ Clapham Junction.

Beautiful foamy head that doesn't quit, leaving chunks of itself down the sides of my pint glass. Crystal clear Amber body.

Not a huge aroma. Some cereal from the malt and a hint of pleasant fruity yeast funk. Only a hint.

Sturdy cereal grainy malts up front, followed by a gorgeous touch of pineapple and banana. Dry hops lingering In the aftertaste make for a great session brew. Malt is light as is my want in this style: silky and smooth.

Heres to solid plain old real ales. Cheers!' (548 characters)

Photo of drperm
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle @ sandwich shop in Grasmere, Lake District.
After a day of winter travel in the Lake District, I found this to be a perfect bitter to accompany my sandwich. Pleasantly aromatic, snappy, and, in short, everything a darker Bitter should be. Recommended -- especially for the wayward American seeking something unavailable at home.
A: 4 S: 3.5 T: 4 M: 4 O: 3.5

Update: 09/2011.
Bottle purchased in Cambridge, UK in May 2011; opened in September.
Just as delicious, pleasant, and delightful as I remember it being in '07. I've adjusted my ratings numbers to reflect my evolved palate over the past 4 years. (610 characters)

Jennings Cumberland Ale from Jennings Brothers PLC
80 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.