The colour is deep yellow gold; the head is ½ fingers thick, white and airy.
The mild smell is a little perfumed with sour earthy flavours of iodine.
The taste is earthy with sourish notes of iodine (did I really get a bitter, not a lambic?), a naughty sharp bitterness and some malty touches. The aftertaste is bitter with lots of minerals and some sourness.
The carbonation is mild. Minimal sized bubbles.
I suspected that this beer was infected or damaged in some way, but the very knowledgeable staff at Pub Oliver Twist (in Stockholm) insisted that the beer had those flavours when the case was opened.
Tasted by half-pint at my local JDW pub, the Half Moon, East End London.
A: pours a slightly hazy, pale amber hue, coming with a tightly frothy beer head sustaining very well.
S: thick and richly hoppy--grassy, light citrus-peel, apple-ish+cherry-ish perfumy fruitiness... big hops rest on top of a solid biscuity malty base. Solid, rich, very enticing~~
T: flowery, a little less citric but slightly sharp hoppyness comes hand in hand with a moderate biscuity malt undertone; a fich flow of spicy Goldings hops expands at the back of the palate, bringing a slightly warmish hoppy impact on top of a bitter-sweet edge from rich maltiness... The finish is just slightly bitter but lingers well, showing more hops than bitterness overall.
M&D: balanced body, with good portion of hops which helps to strike a deeper depth through the lighter malty interface. Luckily, it's tasted on form. A lively pale ale with an impressive hoppy depth which makes it even in line with English IPA. Solid and delicious!
(Cask)Caramelly/toffee malts, citric hoppy acidity/bitterness, lightly honeyed character, lightly sticky and lightly bitter. Pretty nice all round, but not too over the top in most departments, solid cask bitter, nothing stands out for me however. Simple but nice.