Little London
Pikes Peak Brewing Company

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Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #30
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,814
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
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Pikes Peak Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 24
Photo of Parmesan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark mahogany brown that lets very little light through, pours with almost no head and little lacing on the glass.

S: Quite a bit of sweetness, hints of caramel, toasted malt and slight hints of black olive and a hint of chocolate powder.

T: Starts out very sweet, with some caramel and nuttiness, very little hop character and hint or two of black olives.

F: Low carbonation, medium body though it can feel a little watery at times.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a nearly opaque dark brown with ruby highlights and a minimal tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma is biscuit, nut and fruit, with hints of light chocolate and caramel.
Taste is malt forward with caramel, biscuit and nut followed by a bit of yeasty fruit flavors and a slight underlying bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is medium.
A decent American version of an English Mild.

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Photo of BierVerkaufer
1.98/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from unmarked manufacturer can into tulip glass. Beer is marked packaged on 11/27 (a shade over a month old).

Pours a brilliant finished mahogany color with vibrant copper and ruby hues. Quickly dissipating soiled bone white head.

Aroma is cocoa powder, definite yeasty sweaty phenols, overly apparent acetaldehyde greeniness and overripe black cherry.

Taste: This beer needed time in tank, the acetaldehyde is completely dominant. I do taste below threshold for this compound but I believe that this would be apparent for any taster of decent ability and knowledge. For me, it's pretty bad, I'll save the rest of the 6pk for visiting friends that don't care as much.

Overall? It's tough to say as I think this beer shows good potential. Without the green issue it would no doubt be a good beer but if this is a typical assessment of Pike Peaks standards to take beers to package I would not recommend it.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a "tallboy" can into an antique Czech oversize pilsner/pint glass.

Pours with a robust brown body under a billowy tan head with fine retention and lacing. This looks the part, enough to make any English (or Colorado Springs) boy happy.

Smells of lightly fruity and very English style yeast overlaid with caramel and bread crust malts. Very light hops presence. A touch of lightest roast coffee. Spot on for a English Dark Mild Ale. Impressive.

Warm fresh bread, light and earthy hops, light but flavorful roast, a touch of toffee and chocolate. Robust in a airy way. Full of flavor but not heavy, syrupy, thick, or filling. Less yeast than I would prefer on the palate, but the totally awesome malt character makes up for it. This has a nearly absolute focus on the malt, and pulls it off well without sweetness or under-attenuation. The taste is not quite like the truest English versions I had last time I was in London, however it is so much closer than almost any other American attempts that I am quite satisfied.

Conclusion: This is smashing. I am passionate about English beer, and hold it close to my heart. So many American versions of British styles go off the road into the ditch trying to be "progressive." You just can't make an "Imperial Mild" without missing the point altogether. That being said, this is pretty awesome, and stays true to the idea of the style, but adds a totally acceptable twist. Great job Pike's Peak, for such a hop-centered brewery, this is an example of brewing skill. I have never had anything flawed from this brewery.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish mahogany body; rich, creamy head. Deep roasted grain smell; smidgeon of chocolate; coffee. Bread crust flavors; subtle sweetness; estery, yeasty notes. Medium bodied; mostly dry finish with a powdery note.

A warm, delicious malt-forward ale. It has good all-around balance, perhaps a tad weak in the flavor department, but still a solid, tasty offering. It's nice having a low ABV beer that delivers a totally satisfying nutty, grainy experience.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really like this one, a darker take on the mild ale, with a nice roasty quality and an appreciable but not over the top english yeast profile. so many milds lately in colorado have been pale and boring, this one is anything but. richly structured, with a nice frothy mouthfeel and balancing bitterness to the finish. its got way more body than we usually associate with these session type beers, and its probably the best beer i have had from pikes peak so far. dark fruit and bread crust along with the chocolate roast, its quite layered really. very well made, good to see these guys keep improving!

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Little London from Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 24 ratings