Hopback Summer Lightning | Hop Back Brewery plc

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Hopback Summer LightningHopback Summer Lightning

Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 09-11-2002

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Photo of Riggo
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Imported from Salisbury, England this "summer ale" recieved the stamp of approval from Michael Jackson (in my M.J. book) and, according to the label, was the winner of the Best Bottle Conditioned Beer at CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Despite all this, I was a little unimpressed. A solid, subtley interesting and very quaffable beer to be sure, but just not too exciting or charming.

Pours a golden yellow color, similar to an American pilsner. A white head leaves nice lacing, with rings down my glass. The nose is somewhat subdued, musty and smelling a little of rain, with notes of lemon zest, leafy hops, yeast, grass, and a slight nuttiness. The taste is similarly subtle: notes of lemon, mint and hops. Drinks almost like a pilsener. As it warms, elements of sweetness like white grape juice. Nicely balanced with lingering, nutty malt flavors and a crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and its as drinkable as any beer I've ever had, probably.

A nice summer refresher for warm weather, but just not interesting enough for me to choose it over other options.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a hazy copper/yellow color wich is the way it should be.Got a little yeasy not in the aroma had a little clove flavor lingering in the palate.Very easy to drink, refreshing summer ale I enjoyed it,better than alot of summer golden ales and such here in the US.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy brownish yellow with tons of papery chunks. Half inch head that's almost as firm as styrofoam. Estery cotton-candy aroma, a bit of lime. Impressive floral bittering for a wheat brew, and resulting from English hops. Malt is subtle molasses and a slight bit of banana and unsweetened clove. Light bodied and finishes on a dryish side with re-asserting bitterness. This is an interesting beer, but the flavor profile didn't quite click with me. This bottle was shipped from another store that's closed so it might be on the elderly side and the chunks were large and papery.

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Photo of rastaman
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and fresh on both nose and palate, wheaty, slighty fruity (banana and citrus), slight hop bitterness towards the end, and enjoyable brew, nothing exceptional about it, but quite solid.

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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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