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York Minster Ale | York Brewery Company Limited

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York Minster AleYork Minster Ale

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York Brewery Company Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-28-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by Will_Turner:
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2012. Named after York minster, the largest medieval cathedral in England and a dominant feature of York.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that subsides after a minute or two. Aroma is almost non-existant; I'm just not getting much off this ale. Vague hints of caramel malt and stewed hops.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a harsh bitter finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed leaves and a whisper of aromatic hops. An unpleasant harshness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry - quite astringent. Leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of faint malt and a harsh bitter note.

Not brilliant. The bitterness is crude and there is a lack of aromatic hops to add balance to the flavour. The lack of aroma and relatively weak flavours don't make this particularly inviting. Coming from my nearest city, I really want to like this but I just can't. Not recommended.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 11 Jun 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard in Oct 2011.

Light amber, almost golden in colour, bright, clear and clean looking: good solid blanket of foaming bubbles on top. Lacing held throughout the review.

The smell was fairly sweet, with a nectar and floral aroma. Add a tub of toffee and molasses to the nector without any extra sugary smell and you are almost there.

The tatse was a good blend of bittering hops and sweetening malts (not unlike the smell).

Medium body depth for its alcohol content and beer style: I found it a well balanced beer with enough points to want another.

I believe it is brought out on draught occasionally, would love to try that version.

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Photo of MEP
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Beerstorian
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this one up at a Saturday market in York, along with a few others they made, direct from the brewer.

It poured well into the bottle, and had a good color. Everything was "good." A fine session beer with nothing objectionable in the flavor.

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York Minster Ale from York Brewery Company Limited
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.