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Lemon Head | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Lemon HeadLemon Head

Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 11-21-2005

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Purchased from Sainsbury's last year as part of their 2012 Beer Hunt, and stored in my garage. Described on the label as a zesty beer with a hint of lemon and ginger.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a fine, fluffy head of white of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of warming ginger with hints of mild nuttiness, stewed leaves, subtle caramel malt, faint ale yeast and a twinge of lemon. A touch of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of mild ginger and weak malt, with a harsh, dry finish. Notes of subtle spicy ginger, stewed leaves, cardboard, faint caramel malt, sugar/sweetener, a hint of lemonade and mild ale yeast. Highly attenuated, followed by an acrid herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry - leaves the palate feeling depleted. Spice on the tongue and a thin, watery body. Deeply astringent, with an aftertaste of ginger and exceptionally harsh stewed leaves/herbs. Lingering and vaguely unpleasant.

Interesting idea but not a brilliant experience. Looks pretty average, with a relatively pleasant aroma - ginger and faint sweetness. However the flavour is rather vile, especially the harsh bitterness after swallowing. Weak, insubstantial body. Overall, not great. The bitterness and herbal qualities could certainly use some tweaking. Not sure if this was a one-off, but feel free to give it a miss.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle shared with a mate during a random beer tasting evening on 15 Feb 2013.

This beer has an acquired taste and it wasn't to my liking: it states quiet clearly on the front label there is a 'lemon and ginger' hint, so I wasn't surprised went I tasted the brew. Just not my 'Cup of Tea'.

Dull old gold in colour with a lemon/ginger aroma and flavour throughout. Almost overpowering, but I managed my half by eating some strong Cheddar Cheese with it: not an ideal match, but it helped me through the tasting.

If you are into Ginger and Lemons then this is for you, otherwise stay away (I've tried to score objectively).

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Photo of wl0307
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer by half-pint at the Black Bull pub nr. White Chapel tube station, East London. Don't know how to categorise this beer as lemon and other spices are added to the brew... more spicy than fruity in terms of external influence, IMO.

A: very pale amber or deep orangey golden hued, with great clarity and a 0.5cm-thick frothy head sustaining throughout the drink and leaving equally tight and fine lacing; very low carbonation.
S: ginger-dominated nose with a bitter touch of lemon-zest note, mixing very well indeed. But the spicy theme is a bit overpowering and other aromas have to struggle through...
T: very creamy and smooth on the palate with lots of ginger roots and minimal sweet pale malts, underlined by a lingering and magnifying bitterness+spiciness in the mouth; plenty of herbs and spices at presence here, with thyme, dried lemon-rind, ginger powder, a little taste of fresh ginger root, tangerine peel, and faintly nutmeg... Overall the flavour is light-bodied but bringing complex flavour on the palate with good depth as well.
M&D: the mouthfeel is constantly silky smooth, spiced up with a sting of tangy fruits and mixed spice here and there, while the smooth bitterness provides very good backbone at the back. The texture is a bit overly attenuated though, slightly bringing down the lively mouthfeel... Overall this is a good fruity-spicy bitter, extremely thirst-quenching if served slightly cooler than normal real ale temperature. An interesting brew worth trying!

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Lemon Head from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
3.34 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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