(Notes of 10/2007) Tasted by a pint at the JDW pub near the Sheffield City Hall, dispensed by a sparkler pour.
A: a very creamy and thick white head stays on top of a slightly hazy dark straw hue and low-level fizziness.
S: sweet citric and flowery scent of US hops(?) are backed by a rather light-bodied pale malts with crushed-cookie like aroma. Refreshingly and soul-lifting-ly aromatic.
T: the delicious tropical fruits and flowery hops, laced by a touch of ginger-ish spices and sticky sugar, come before a deeper layer of bitter-sweet biscuity as well as bready malts develops, leaving a touch of banana esters lagging behind. The long and very herbal bitter finish lingers with plenty of buttery yeasts and tangy zestiness or spiciness in the end.
M&D: great balance b/w pale malts (Maris Otter?) and bittering hops that benefits also from a pleasant additional touch of spicy yeastiness. Could've been great if the beer condition was fresher.