Light amber. Thin frothy head.
Light grassy hops and toffee malt. Metallic.
Taste reflects the aroma. Rather dry finish.
Moderate feel. Large bubble carbonation.
Middle of the road bitter which is easy to drink but take care of the ABV.
Look: Pale, golden yellow with a bubbly white head with considerable retention. Some lacing. If I was feeling uncharitable I'd say this looked like a fairly bog-standard lager.
Smell: Similarities to generic lager end here: the bottle describes it as a hop-forward beer and going by smell it sure enough is: there's that lovely citrus/pine resin aroma that I always seem to get from strongly hopped beers. Didn't notice any diacetyl or other untoward smells.
Taste: Yep, it's hop-forward alright - plenty of hoppy bitterness up front with a barely-there hint of malt. Fairly dry, astringent aftertaste with some hints of citrus and pine.
Feel: Hoppy, dry, astringent and slightly fizzy.
Overall: Whilst my main preferences reside more in the stout end of the spectrum, I'm gradually adjusting my palate to hoppier brews and this one doesn't disappoint. Nice enough out of the bottle, I'm pretty keen to try it on draught too. Worth a shot.
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. This is a fairly new offering from Leeds brewery - described as a hoppy pale ale. The branding is modern, with the front label featuring a word cloud.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear, pale-straw hue with good carbonation. Yields a huge head of brilliant white foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a crisp bitterness. Notes of leafy citrus hops. Also a huge whiff of diacetyl that overpowers and spoils everything. Boo!
Tastes of light malt with an aromatic hoppy bitterness. Notes of spicy citrus upfront, followed by a dry, insistent bitterness. Again a significant diacetyl flavour that smoothers everything else. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and tingly, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of subtle citrus bitterness.
Not bad - pity about the horrible diacetyl that steals the show. The light character and fruity hoppiness suggest that this has been designed to compete for lager drinkers. I dare say it's much better on cask, where conditioning will improve the flavour. If you chance across it, give it a whirl!