La Tène - The Celt Experience
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United Kingdom (England)
3.99/5 rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 09/06/2015, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: 32 IBUs, using US, NZ and UK hops.
A: pours a pale golden colour with great clarity, low level of carbonation and a thin off-white foam on the top.
S: citric, grape-fruit juicy, and guava-ish tropical fruits approach on a par with lightly syrupy pale malts; given a good swirl, Nelson Sauvin like gooseberry and grapey aroma comes to the forth, adding more layers of refreshing fruitiness on the nose.
T: clean, crisp, the biscuity malts make a short entrance before the ultra dry and tangy palate of deepening hop bitterness (really only 32 IBUs??) comes to dominate. Finishing very dry and bitter, leaving the mixed fruitiness to linger in the aromatic, tannic hoppy finish.
M&O: well carbonated but not overly fizzy, at 3.3%abv. this beer somehow drinks well with quite a body to be enjoyed throughout the drink. For all the lower-gravity beers of Celt Experience, I find this one perhaps the most balanced and most enjoyable; at 3.3%abv., really one has to show fairly good craftsmanship to make it flavoursome and never going thin. Can’t say my opinion is not biased due to the lovely focus on hops in this Pale Bitter, though... it actually reminds me of Thornbridge's White Swan, an equally hop-accentuated dry Pale Bitter with a very low gravity, but I dare say this one fairs even better!
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2014 17:40:48 | More by wl0307
La Tène from The Celt Experience
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