Derail Ale - Box Steam Brewery
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A beautiful sunny afternoon on Friday 7th September 2012 saw my father and I join in R.A.T.2012 (Rail Ale Trail part 2). Split between three bars along the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury railway line: they had over 50 different beers to try: this was one of them.
Half-pint, gravity fed in the fest tent behind Codsall Railway Station.
I’ve struggled with a couple of beers from this brewery but thought I’d give them another try: I fancied an IPA and wasn’t disappointed. Looked good; it had a bright amber body with a fair sized head of frothy white bubbles.
The smell was very floral and grassy, glad to say I picked up no citrusy notes in the aromas or taste.
The taste was hop bitter, but with a balanced malt feel to take away the bite.
Medium body depth: with enough flavours to hide the 5.3% ABV nicely. Pleasant: without setting the world alight.
Serving type: cask
09-19-2012 10:16:14 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 07/02/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the back label describes this beer as “a wonderfully hoppy traditional India Pale Ale”.
A: pours a clear, deep golden hue, coming with moderate streams of tiny and medium-sized bubbles, while a white fluffy head settles fast to a thin sheet to last.
S: the nose is dominated by the floral+orangey hop-malt mixture with an edge as of oxidised pears plus yeastiness; a touch of sweet butter, bitter citrus peels, English pale malts, and melted caramel stay in the background, while a good swirl brings out more floral hints as indicated by the back label as floral hops. Neither balanced nor complex, but not unpleasant, either.
T: a mildly sweet foretaste of pale malts is underlined by a very slowly developing flow of orangey hop bitterness, making an significant impact on the second layer of the flavour structure and lingers really well; in fact, the first layer of flavour, or foretaste, is very understated indeed, making the discrepancy in taste at the two stages even more interesting. The finish is only mildly hoppy in flavour and floral in aroma, but all in all deeply bitter with a decent of tannins to entertain the taste buds.
M&D: the carbonation remains very very smooth and soothing throughout the drink, all the more so considering this is a non-bottle-conditioned beer, but the body somehow suffers being a slightly too light, and the flavour, or the lack of complexity, is salvaged by the consistent and slowly developing hop bitterness. Also, it is interesting to notice that the overall condition of this bottled version is highly reminiscent of a cask ale in fact, instead of an artificially-carbonated one – not a bad thing at all! Not a bad beer, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement, I’d say.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2011 10:36:44 | More by wl0307
Derail Ale from Box Steam Brewery
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