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Manor AleManor Ale

Brewed by:
Hobsons Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BlackHaddock on 09-06-2006

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by BlackHaddock:
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was brewed for the Severn Valley Railway beer festival. It is named after one of their refurbished steam trains.

It became so popular (and the brewery were looking for a summer brew), that it is now to be brewed every summer to replace the winter brew Old Henry (which I will review when it re-appears in October).

I have drank this beer in Shrewsbury and at the brewery, enjoying it very much.

It is a dark redish brown with a loose creamy head which stays on the side of the glass.

At first I thought of burnt caramel and chocolate malt, but it is a coffee aroma which comes through really. Amber malt has been used, not chocolate malt, the headbrewer informs me. Fuggles hops (amongst others) also add to the aroma. This brewery still uses whole hops and mills its own malts, almost all of which is locally sourced.

Again the burnt caramel comes to mind in the first mouthful, but coffee overtones soon take over.

This is not a sicky, thick, over heavy beer, but its mouthfeel is one of strenght and goodness.

Very, very drinkable. I would call it a Bar-B-Q Beer!

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a cask at the 2015 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Pours hazy yellow amber with a durable but very bubbly head.
Strange spicy biscuit aroma.
The flavor is more as expected with a dominant light toasted grain component and light spicing. The 'spice' [yeast] is still strange but works well.

Fine soft feel with a medium body.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of gutbucket2
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Bottle-conditioned. appearance: light amber/gold with thin head. smell: spicy hop. taste: spicy hop. mouthfeel: fairly thin. overall: zesty bitter, English hops. Good to taste a bitter that doesn't taste of grapefruit. Cyclops description: Style: bitter, See: golden, Smell: citrus, Taste: zesty.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mrighelli
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle says its 5.5% ABV and has Amber Ale written on the bottle. Struck me as a pretty poor rendition of Amber Ale, and bitter fits better so I’m reviewing as the latter.

A - Clear yellow, virtually no head, but some what of a lasting collar. (3.75)

S - Light toasty character with a touch of earthy hop (4.00)

T - Light grainy malt, signature English hard water hop and malt astringency. Little to no specialty malt character. (4.00)

M - Light bodied, lingering bitter finish. (4.00)

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Pours a cloudy deep yellow - looks nice. A little bit of head which died to leave a few patchy areas of film. Some lacing.

Nose is nice with some spicy orange, biscuit and bread. More hoppy aromas coing through as it warms - slightly fruity.

Palate is nice with lots of malty, quite earthy flavour balanced by a good hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is really nice - quite full.

Bottle conditioned beers always do it for me - so much flavour and complexity. This is a feally good, weel-balanced beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of YankChef
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into american pint glass, brought from england to me by the ole lady

appearance: very pale and golden, very high clarity with a nice sticky foamy white head

smell: mild aroma, some sort of hay or barn sort of aromas, musty touch of pine and really subtle toffee

taste: Surprising!!! Has some sweet roasted flavors up front like caramel even a little toffee, maybe some diacetyl in there too... hops are nice and crisp without being overwhelming to bring some balance and make this brew refreshing, carbonation is surprisingly low which adds to the drinkability to me

Overall: Give me more of this stuff!!! One of the most flavorful sub 5% beers i have ever had and i would drink this a hell of a lot if i could get it regularly, if you ever have the chance to get this stuff consider it a treat

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with crusty white film. Oddly barrel-like nose: smoke and iodine.
Toasted hazelnut, waxberry and cocoa nibs with mulchy autumn leaves hops plus some grass and lemon rind.
Long bitter linger. Light, crisp, soft, oily.

An oddly smoky start opens up into a strange mix of flavors that is aggressively oily and bitter overall. I've yet to taste a Hobsons beer that is to style, with mixed results. This one is interesting and innovative again but ultimately doesn't work for me.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Seanem44
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Manor Ale from Hobsons Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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