Northern Glory | Frederic Robinson Limited

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Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by MJR:
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2.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a burnished copper that is perfectly clear. It's tan head starts out small and quickly shrinks to a pathetically small cap.

Smell: The first impression I get from the aroma is one of oxidation...wet cardboard and socks. Underneath that is a bit of malt and hops, but the oxidation completely takes over.

Taste: Starts off with a dull malty flavor, with some fruity, estery notes. Then it moves to an oxidized flavor just like in the aroma. The hops show up towards the end, but they taste stale and old, only adding to the disaster. Not good...

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, with a dry, astrigent finish.

Drinkability: Unimpressive. This beer is an oxidized mess.

What surprises me is that the label calls it 'A Kirby Nelson Selection.' Why on earth would Capital's brilliant brewmaster endorse this? Judging from the label info, it seems that the folks at Capital are the ones importing it. What a shame...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cokes
2.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice enough looking brew. Solid gleaming copper with a slow to recede, pock-marked ivory foam.
Almost no aroma to speak of. Wet paper and socks. Not necessarily dirty, nasty socks, but just socks.
Odd collection of tastes. Filtered peat smoke. Tea, paste (like the stuff kindergartners eat), butter and ghosts of toffee. I can't decide if I hate it or not, so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt. Hops add to the tea impressions. There really isn't much here taste-wise.
To be honest, the "beer" that this reminds me the most of is Kaliber N/A.
Thin ,but relatively perky mouthfeel. Bolsters itself while it warms, but still far from special. There is a pasty, gumminess that is hard to describe. I am not quite sure if it is taste-related or from the texture.
I just spent way too many words on this beer when I could merely state:

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.32/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber color. Pours with a good head for an English ale. Taste is a tad dry, complemented by a subtle hop profile. A decent example of a "Northern" style, though it didn't quite stand out when sampled among many at my homebrew club meeting.

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Photo of marc77
2.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pellucid ruddy bronze hue. Cream white one fingered, creamy head leaves respectable lace.

Aroma: Faint toffeeish dark caramel malt accompanied by hints of molasses and sweetnened cider. Deep inhalation reveals very subtle bubblegum esters as well as trace notes of cardboard from fledgling oxidation. Not particularly enticing aromawise.

Taste: Simple, scarcely roasty dark lovibond caramel initially in flavor is ensued by token notes of biscuit and mild butterscotch. Blurred, plummish esters emerge mid palate and provide an agreeable fruity contrast, only to be overrun by an combination of astringent, grape skin like tannins and soapy hop late. Finishes with a brief snap of harsh, burnt brittle yielding to lingering, detracting notes of bleached oak.

Mouthfeel: Passably dextrinous with well calculated attenuation and viscosity, but detractingly chalky.

Drinkability / overall: Northern Glory is a disappointing brew that suffers from lack of overall character, slight oxidation as well as mild tannic bitterness. Perhaps a sound recipe, but it wasn't executed well, nor has the product travelled well. A brew to avoid, especially considering the price.

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Northern Glory from Frederic Robinson Limited
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 4 ratings