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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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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Skinner's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-25-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

05-05-2012 23:10:43 | More by biboergosum
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United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

10-02-2013 18:57:04 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

03-13-2010 20:06:50 | More by wl0307
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 15:18:41 | More by harpus
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3.23/5  rDev -11%

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.

10-14-2011 19:32:21 | More by stcules
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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.


06-21-2011 01:07:11 | More by woosterbill
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-25-2012 18:25:27 | More by rarbring
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United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

09-25-2003 00:40:20 | More by rastaman
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2013 08:00:06 | More by schopenhauerale
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-13-2012 21:58:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

11-17-2013 20:45:23 | More by FLima
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

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

11-23-2012 17:44:37 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-22-2013 04:57:50 | More by Kmat10
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

07-30-2012 22:15:19 | More by dogfishandi
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United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

04-04-2012 23:31:29 | More by EmperorBevis
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

07-05-2011 12:06:00 | More by CwrwAmByth
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

02-18-2013 05:54:46 | More by DaftCaskBC
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

12-28-2006 19:16:11 | More by Sigmund
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-16-2014 12:11:24 | More by hopley
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-21-2013 02:16:32 | More by KStark
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-13-2014 17:12:50 | More by innominat
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Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +3%

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.

02-09-2014 03:59:37 | More by leaddog
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-31-2013 03:27:30 | More by Shadman
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Clear light gold with white head. Not a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Very nice smell with flowers and a bit of fruit. 

Taste: Nice floral hops and malt hit with a bit of sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Even a slight bit of wheat and possibly blueberries. 

Mouthfeel: Certainly not an overly carbonated beer almost on the verge of flat. Not the best mouthfeel.

Overall: The floral tones and slight malt and wheat aftertaste are really nice. Some complex flavors here for sure. Although the mouthfeel for me brings it down a notch. Otherwise a fine beer from the southwest of England.

04-12-2012 15:56:15 | More by jrfehon33
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

10-16-2012 01:44:46 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale from Skinner's Brewery
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