Hopback Summer Lightning | Hop Back Brewery plc

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom
hopback.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 09-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
178
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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Photo of Justhead
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I always drink this in pubs when I see it ... even if I rate it average there's something of the essence beyond simple grading ...

On tap ... New Inn, Chippenham Wiltshire uk

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Morissons supermarket, Bristol - Pours clear golden with medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - malty,grassy notes. Taste - sweetish, light hops, malts notes, crisp light bitter finish. Haven't tasted this for quite a while but still a nice easy drinking, refreshing ale.

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Photo of Photoglyph
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First tried this several years ago, have not been able to find it the last few years. I was quite impressed with it the first (and subsequent) time(s) I tried it. The head is quite sculpted as it settles down, nothing like the microbrew beers I like so much here in the states. I think the golden color is perfect and the taste is exceptional as well. Think it helps that 'Summer Lightning' was the title of song by the British Prog rock group, Camel in the eighties.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #402

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Photo of Stengelfoot
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Three Hammers pub. Mill Hill, Engkand.

Golden blonde appearance. Decent lacing.

Mild hoppy aroma with lemon hints.

Taste is of honey sweetness with lemony notes and lasting dry bitter finish. Very fresh and hoppy for an English ale.

Overall, a very good session beer in a pub. More hoppy than most English bitters and has the drink ability and refreshment level of a Pilsner.

79/100

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KevinRailton
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Garthy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of SiW
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SnifterLifter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with apparent carbonation and a four finger aired head with excellent retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of lemon, pine and bread malt. Interesting I had the impression it smelled more like a Belgian Golden rather than an English ale.
Sweet citrusy and bitter taste with notes of lemon, oranges, fresh grass, earth and tea leaves. Quite astringent aftertaste with a nice and prolonged bitterness. Hints of minerals.
Light body with effervescent carbonation.
Original taste and incredible refreshing summer ale while still being tasty and bitter. If you like lemony and dryness, try this brew. Suggestion: drink it fresh or don’t drink it all.

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Photo of DirkNachbar
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dwren89
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale gold with fluffy white head, good clarity

Aroma: lemon zest, biscuity, slight tartness,

Taste: cold, refreshing, thirst quenching biscuity malt flavor with balanced hop bitterness, finishes with a bitter tinge; not a lot of distinguished hop or malt character, just a nicely balanced summer ale to slake a thirst on a hot day. Short finish

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, light body,

Overall Impression: Not a bad ale to drink on a hot summer day to refresh your system. But not an ale (or style, for that matter) that provides much complexity or depth. Balanced. Not bad, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mizx
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jetulio
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance,... light yellow a little bit hazy, big head colour white very persistent
Aroma. ... malty smell, wet grass too
Taste.... little touch of citrus with a dry middle bitter end
Mouthfeel... medium body with medium carbonation (a little high for an standard English ale in my opinion)
Overall... very refreshing, easy to drink but not so hoppy as you expect for an English bitter ale

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Hopback Summer Lightning from Hop Back Brewery plc
3.64 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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