Darwin's Origin | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 10-19-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of charlatan
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask. Gold colour with a floral nose. Fairly sweet start gives way to oily, somewhat herbal hops with some spiciness. A very well coordinated bitter.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Named after one of Shrewsbury's most famous sons, the label describes it as having a zesty aromatic flavour.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich orange-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of sharp fruity hops with hints of lime, peel, citrus, white grape, grass/hay, grainy malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Lovely.

Tastes of tangy aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, grass/hay, earthy yeast, subtle grainy malt and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Spicy hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, mild fruitiness and earthy yeast.

Rather nice - an English ale with an American influence. Looks alright; shame it isn't bottle conditioned. The aroma is seriously fruity and hoppy, while the flavour is a shade more subdued and yeasty. Good hop presence and bitterness. Body is OK. Goes down a treat - worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival, 2013.

Burnished brass with white film.
Candied orange peel aroma.
Saltines, a good whack of toffee, tart Seville orange, some resin, then white grape, light citrus, and grassy hops to end.
Sticky herbal finish and pith linger.
Clingy, pretty much medium, chewy.

Not sure I get the full range of hops (even if I describe them here) but it's got some nice depth. Galaxy, in particular, seems to be missing, though I'm not sure I know it to taste it. I'd like to chew this over on its own some time.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint in my new Wetherspoons on 19 Aug 2011.

Even better in cask format than it's bottled version. Read my thoughts on that if you want a description of the beer. Very easy to drink and more-ish in every way.

Originally a monthly special brew, it became so popular around here (Salopian is brewed 12 miles or so from where I drank this beer) it has now become a permanent fixture.

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Darwin's Origin from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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