Scarborough Fair IPA - Wold Top Brewery
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United Kingdom (England)
2.8/5 rDev -15.4%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of August 2013. Picked up the other day as a contender in the Sainsbury's Great British Beer Hunt. The label mentions that it contains a triple hop blend, maize, and is certified gluten free.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before settling. Aroma of faint malt with notes of stewed hops, overcooked veg and light fruit notes (white grape/melon). A dry, faintly sulphurous quality in the background.
Tastes of weak malt with a harsh, dry bitterness. Notes of stewed hops, overdone veggies, corn, faint aromatic hops and a mild hint of diacetyl. A dry bitter finish with a harsh, leafy quality. Possesses an artificial, almost chemical character that is hard to place - possibly the result of tinkering to remove the gluten. Mouthfeel is spritzy and tingly, but rather watery and very dry. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of harsh stewed hops and a faint sulphur note.
None too good - I can't help thinking that if they'd not tried to make it gluten-free the result would have been better. It's appearance is it's best feature, which says it all. Faint aromatic hops on the nose, but plenty of unpleasant harshness in the background. The taste is particularly poor - all dry, acrid stewed hops and off-notes with none of the aromatic hops that one might expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel is weak and thin. All said, the finished product is unimpressive. It's a pity, as I know this brewery can make quality beer, but this is best avoided.
09-22-2012 23:31:27 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
500ml bottle. Quite the leap for a Gluten-free style choice, I would heartily opine. It apparently contains barley malt, so they must have gone with an enzyme catalyst removal method, of some sort.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of thinly foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a solid rocky shoreline of painted lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.
It smells of mildly biscuity, grainy cereal malt, a fleshy, pithy citrus fruitiness, lemongrass, a bit of perfumed florals, and some earthy weediness. The taste is pale, grainy cereal, an indistinct floral/vegetal bitterness, some soft stale butter notes, mild cooked maize, black pepper, and a subtle underlying metallic stony essence that never quite intrudes, but one can't seem to shake either.
The bubbles are average, just doing their job and nothing more, the body an adequate medium-light weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a mild grainy tackiness. It finishes off-dry, the gritty graininess, faint blotted citrus, and muddled bitterness all melding, for the most part.
A whole lot more enjoyable than any of the, uh, other G-F IPAs I've yet encountered. Oh, right, this is actually the first, and as such comes off rather underwhelming, choppy, and well, strange - but that's just the English nature of it through my filter. Sure, it wouldn't fare well in comparison to your average well-made IPA, but against all others in the G-F realm, it performs remarkably well, and is actually more flavourful, minor defects included, than a lot of these new contract 'IPAs' now being pushed as the real deal at the big local liquor chain.
11-16-2012 03:33:14 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -2.4%
From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed copper hue with a frothy white head that settle to a thin film.
Some sour, dry grains in the aroma along with spicy and earthy hops.
The flavour is much more inviting. Dry grains up front, some sweetness perks up in the middle, with dry earthy hops on the finish. It has that gluten-free sour twang in the aftertaste, however the hops do a decent job of taming it.
Light-bodied mouthfeel, slippery texture, spritzy carbonation.
Probably the most drinkable gluten-free beer I've sampled to date, still has telltale signs of it's true nature (sour grains, tartness) but the use of hops helps integrate them into the whole mix a bit better.
02-24-2013 01:26:31 | More by IronDjinn
United Kingdom (England)
3.65/5 rDev +10.3%
500ml Bottle: BBD end of Aug 2013. Poured into a UK pint sleeve on 1 Jul 2013 at home.
Orange to light amber body, almost clear: on top a full and deep uneven carpet of white bubbles.
Mixed bag of flavours and smells: the nose was both fruity and spicy with a malty backbone. The taste also both fruity and spicy, again with malts hanging around, however the hops also added a new dimension, a semi-dry bitterness that pushed the malts into the background even further than in the aromas. Some yeasty notes in the taste also.
Good body depth and the alcohol level suited the brew. All in all a good beer.
07-01-2013 20:29:16 | More by BlackHaddock
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
A: Clear yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.
S: Fresh leafy hops, somewhat grassy, marmalade, figs.
T: An old-school IPA that probably just has bittering & dry hop additions (there isn't any noticeable 'flavour'). Bitterness is good, alcohol is hidden. Really more of a big pale ale than a modern IPA. Unfortunately it seems a bit oxidized.
M: The corn hasn't lightened it much, good moderate body with a crisp finish.
O: It's a good drinker, but not a spectacular IPA.
02-05-2013 02:32:18 | More by Derek
Scarborough Fair IPA from Wold Top Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.