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Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale - Skinner's Brewery

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Skinner's Cornish Knocker AleSkinner's Cornish Knocker Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skinner's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-25-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, BB this time next year. Interesting-looking 'miners' populating the cartoon scene that spans the label - they look more like English Inspector Gadget flashers.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden colour, with a measly half finger of bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few broad strokes of island group lace as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of bready pastry malt, a wee bit of caramel, and nice leafy, somewhat grassy, earthy hops - ahhh, quietly enticing. The taste is a pleasant, logical extension of the nose - more soft English biscuit pastry, and somewhat grainy malt, a bit of soft, innocuous citrus, and a redux of the sturdy, well-offsetting spicy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather restrained, but you can still sense their caring support, the body a supple medium weight, and pretty well smooth, with the slightest of tacky textures, that I should really just gloss over. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit malt carrying on without any overt worldly cares, as does the perfectly matched, um, 'zingy' leafy, grassy hops.

A full-flavoured blonde ale, well-hopped, everything present and in balance. However, I'm not certain how this got the 'American' moniker, as this clearly has good Anglo character, way down past the root cellar, grumble, grumble. Maybe it's the lack of any golden ale category on BA for the English side of things. At any rate, very much worth trying, if only just to see how this general style can be turned out.

biboergosum, May 06, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint on 27th Sep 2013 in a local club.

Golden body with a good, full white crown.

The nose was both floral and mildly malty, as as the taste. A dry bitter finish comes along after the initial malty caramel notes that linger for a while in the mouth.

Pleasant rather than wonderful, a good solid beer with subtle flavours and smells that show you don't need strong, overpowering brew to make a fine beer.

BlackHaddock, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Waitrose Supermarket, coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 17/02/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: the label says this ale was voted twice as Supreme Champion Beer of the South West.

A: golden in colour, great clarity and low carbonation, topped with a creamy off-white froth slowly retreating to a blanket to last.
S: lightly sweet pale malts, moderately aromatic, balanced with orangey fruity English hops, light lemony aroma, and light floral scent not unlike flowery cordial (elderflower?). A good swirl serves to bring up sweeter and more "dense" nose almost like honey. But overall the sweetness is certainly not overwhleming.
T: the mild level of soothing carbonation accompanies a mouthful of mildly floral hoppiness upfront, backed by a deepening aromatic flavour of pale malts that contributes an aftertaste slightly like boiled lotus roots, very nice ones in fact. The finish retains the clean palate throughout the drink, with a somewhat chewy palate and a very moderate level of bitterness as far as an English Bitter is concerned.
M&D: the mouthfeel is consistently pleasant, faintly spritzy but refreshing still, against a light body but never thin palate; this is a well-made golden ale, not as hoppy as the back label makes of it, but overall very pleasant as a summery drink. I prefer more bitter or aromatic-hoppy stuff, so this is not exactly what I can call a session ale.

wl0307, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

harpus, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of stcules
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-gold body with hints of orange honey. The foam is white fairly compact and thin.
The smell is elegant and pleasant, with citrus, white fruit, chamomile (light), and flowers, and a final tending to a very nice peppery. In the mouth you can feel the malt more easily as well as a cereal notes don’t present in the nose. At first sip may seem excessive watery, but later, thanks to the cereal, it becomes more full and round.
The aftertaste is medium long, with the prevalence of the cereal effect (it remembers me the rye, although I doubt there is any), even if, passing the first wave, come back some notes (like citrus, chamomile and pepper) felt in the smell. If you see it, drink it.

stcules, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handpump half-pint at the Waterway restaurant in London's Little Venice.

A: Clear orange-gold body with a thin, clumpy head of white foam that sticks around pretty well and leaves some frothy lace. Attractive.

S: Hops are prominent, with floral notes really standing out. Some grassy, earthy aromas are here as well, but this is all about the fresh, flowery hops. Very nice.

T: No surprise, floral hops jump right out. They're joined by some delicately sweet, biscuity malt. Bitter, hoppy, clean finish. Flavorful, balanced, and refreshing. Fantastic.

M: Light body, with smooth, understated carbonation. Works well.

O: This brew really did everything right - it was easily drinkable, highly refreshing, and intensely flavorful. I'd gladly drink multiple pints. If you see it, drink it.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of English hops with notes of caramels, flowers, white grapes and bread.
Flavor of bread malt, citrus, English earthy hops, guaraná and white grapes. Hints of tea and lemon. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
What a pleasant English beer to drink, very tasty, but also light, refreshing and balanced. Extremely sessionable. Worth the recognition from CAMRA.

FLima, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

schopenhauerale, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale is hazy light amber, has a white small head, little lacing, small curtains.

Smelling fruity, lemon, apple and a dash of honey.

Starting sweet, white bread, some nuts and lemon juice. Grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, refreshing texture, yet a dry finish.

Invigorating and enjoyable, very sessionable.

rarbring, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice one, nose is sweet malty, with some aromaatic hops. Thin texture, but nice fresh and floral, fragrant melon flavours, some lemony hops in the finish, enoyable. Delicate sweetness. Slight drying bitter hops right at the finish, quiet an enjoyable little beer.

rastaman, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Acquired from Waitrose a while ago. The label has a flasher theme going on, though the beer claims to have won several awards so it can't be all bad....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation and some chunky floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for several minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Evidently this is bottle conditioned. Aroma of grainy malt, earthy yeast and notes of grass and citrus.

Tastes of light crystal malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast esters, grass, citrus and subtle stewed hops. A slightly spicy aromatic hop character followed by a mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, tingly and full-bodied. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of yeast esters and aromatic hops.

Rather nice - would be perfect for quenching a thirst on a hot day. A pleasant aromatic hop character with light malt and plenty of yeast (probably due in part to the age of the bottle). A nice balance of flavours that goes down too easily. Worth sampling.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Howlader
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Howlader, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Completely random purchase, no expectations going in
A - Clear golden, thin head dissipated quickly to a few random islands
S - Tropical fruit and bubblegum are strange but enticing, some grain
T - Its grape bubble gum, plain and simple, with some leafy hops and mild grain in the background, it’s a little odd but it seems to work
M - Light with medium carbonation, finishes lightly dry and minerally
O – the flavour is definitely not what I was expecting but it works for me, this would make a nice light summertime sipper

joemcgrath27, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Kmat10, May 22, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

dogfishandi, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber/honey body with huge frothy white head with decent lasting powers

Floral notes on the aroma, hints of hops and strong malts.

The malt is the mainstay of the taste biscuity then leading to a slight hop hop-off aftertaste with ever so subtle grapefruit hints not a big taste explosion but amiable and pleasant enough.

Decent enough enough mouthfeel slightly over lively carbonation but nothing major.

Not Skinner's finest hour but not bad, not by half, go on give it a taste it will take you back to Cornwall alright.

EmperorBevis, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Appears a light golden colour with a lively head that quickly eases and settles down.

Smells of hops mostly, with citrus scents intermingling.

Tastes very hoppy, and citrusy, overall quite good. Very refreshing and light.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

hopley, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-amber liquid with a very slight white head.

S: Grassy and sweet, almost tea-like.

T: Tastes like sweet tea, some caramel, grassy hops, and lemon. Definite English hard water in this ale.

M: Medium viscosity and a very low level of carbonation.

O: Almost tea-like, similar to Tetley's in this respect. Easy drinking but not very memorable.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

innominat, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Clear golden to amber colour, moderate but lingering head. Lovely hoppy aroma with distinct notes of flowers and tropical fruits. Moderately malty flavour with "dusty" / biscuity and citrussy hops. Moderate bitterness, fairly dry. Moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

Sigmund, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of leaddog
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark gold with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready and biscuity malts, wheat, lemon peel, light citrus hops, caramel.

Taste - Bready, biscuity malts and the caramel stand out up front, along with a touch of wheat and the light citrus hops provide a little bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - A refreshing golden ale that could easily be sessionable. Good solid base of malts and caramel.

leaddog, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of speedvagen
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

speedvagen, Sunday at 07:53 PM
Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Shadman, Oct 31, 2013
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Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale from Skinner's Brewery
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