Gutch English Style Mild Ale
Defiance Brewing Co.

Gutch English Style Mild AleGutch English Style Mild Ale
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English Pale Mild Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #29,759
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Defiance Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Very Good
Gutch English Style Mild AleGutch English Style Mild Ale
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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours lustily with a large initial off-white head that slowly diminishes. Lacing abounds. In the nose, it is a bit of malt, which follows in the mouth. Enjoyable!

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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of dough, hint of ester, and a hint of candi sugar. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of ester, slight citrus hops, slight earthiness, and a hint of grass. Overall, better aroma than body, good appearance, better than average.

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Tone from Missouri, May 06, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker in flavor than appearance, this brew is citrus and light grassiness on the nose and toffee, chocolate, maltiness, and faint hops for the flavor. Good beer, sessionable as well.

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ICTguy21 from Kansas, Nov 13, 2017
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2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opened the can and was presented with a giant gusher, about half the beer poured out without even moving the can. After this subsided I poured into a narrow pint glass: color is hazy amber, off white head with fine bubbles some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little hot or estery, neutral mild malt notes, hint of toffee.

Taste is dry, a little biting, then some mild malt with light toffee and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is dry, that light estery bite comes throughout, then lighter sweetness.

Overall, since I lost half the beer just for opening I was a bit disappointed. The aroma, flavor, and presence all had indications of an overcarbonated beer from possible incomplete fermentation. Mild ale notes were present but a little hidden from the gusher.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Jun 30, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Despite a gentle pour, this beer came gushing into the glass, resulting in a copper/tan color with a 2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is malts, apples, some grains, a bit dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber body topped with a very thick, rocky head; rings of lacing along the glass. Notes of toffee and toasted grains fill the aroma; nutty; some sweetness to things. The taste mirrors the smell qualities; low-key hop bitterness. Medium body; warm with a mostly dry finish overall.

A nice find in a little liquor store in Abilene, Kansas. One finds this beer to be malty and well-rounded with a warm, nutty quality to it. Very good...

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beergoot from Colorado, Oct 15, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's some nice flavor in this beer. The toasty notes with light chocolate and a touch of toffee are in sync with a slight residual sweetness. It comes across to me not quite dessertlike, maybe more like breakfast. These interest notes fade to a less interesting, neutral finish that ultimately does what it should - dry out my mouth to prepare it for the next sip. The role of hops in here is strictly bitterness, it seems, succeeding to tame perceptions of sweetness. To use the b word, this is nicely balanced. I'd like to see more like this

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pweis909 from Wisconsin, Sep 23, 2016
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L : Pours a deep honey blush with a 3 finger popcorn colored head. Opacity is 10%.

S : Lots of toffee, caramel malts, floral, fresh barley, light grass. A very clean yet robust aroma.

T : A bit of sour brown sugar or burnt caramel to start, with some toasted barley and tea. The toasted barley wins out at the end, finishing slightly roasty with more of those tea notes.

F : Creamy and tight, nice profile here with tons of carbonation to spare.

O : Mild in character, robust in flavor. Not a bad ale, I'd probably give this a whirl again sometime.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Aug 04, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is way better than its ratings on here, its one of the better canned examples of an english mild ale i have had in a long time, and really fills a niche i think. clear amber in color with an airy inch of off white head that slowly settles. the nose is english malts, more hops than is common for the style, and a nice breadiness that is dry and grainy rather than sweet and caramelized. i really like the flavor here too, more nutty and earthy than sweet, but still fully flavored by the malt. the hops are more than just bittering too, they provide a dried hay sort of rustic nature to this, and the english ale yeast, as mild and cleaned up as it is in here, still dries this out nicely and provided the classic finishing flavors that belong in a beer like this. there is a great lightness about it, dry and well carbonated and not even quite a medium body on it. super easy drinking, great when ice cold but still very good at room temperature. i have not had a lot of beers from these guys, but i sure appreciate and admire a brewery who can nail a classic style down so well like this. quality product here no doubt.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & even better lacing

S: Pears, graininess, cereal notes, apricots

T: Pears, apples, faint grassy hops with a faint dry mineral dryness up front. Pear skins, dryness, faint cereal sweetness & leafy hops. Finishes fruity, dry, with a little bit of grassy hops

MF: Light/medium body with slight carbonation, carbonation picks once warm

Pretty drinkable & fairly spot-on style wise; just doesn't quite have the pop of flavors I used to get from British cask Milds, perhaps a bit high in ABV for the style, that doesn't concern me too much

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jun 16, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Side poured from a can into a US pint glass with standard vigor

Appearance - Pours a nice ruby red color, transparent, with a good two finger foamy head that recedes slowly throughout the drink and leaves respectable lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - As you can expect from a British style, everything is much more subdued than our American senses are used to. This has a light malty aroma, with a bit of sweetness and almost a buttery type smell.

Taste - Again, it is not an all out assault on your palate. Very well balanced between malts, a bit of sweetness, and some grains. Little hop bittering noticed, although I do believe it is there, just very subdued.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean, crisp, and smooth. Good sessionable beer because of the low ABV.

Overall - This is certainly worth a try, especially from a brewery in Hays. Very nice surprise. I would certainly recommend this beer, give it a shot!

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TheCondor from Missouri, Feb 14, 2015
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep garnet, ruby color with a two finger off white head that disappates quickly. Aroma shows sweetness with hints of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar with caramel, toffee, and more chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation. Overall a good example of the style and a drinkabke, sessionable brew.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a pale amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of toasted malt, bread and floral notes. Sweet caramel and roasted malt with a grassy bitterness.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 31, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just found out today that Hays, KS (or Hays America as locals sometimes say) had a brewery! As a caveat, I'm a fan of the English style bitters, mild ales, and pale ales.

Poured into a standard US pint glass (e.g., it's really only 14 ounces), and had a nice thick two finger heard which settled down to a pencil thick foam with nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is mild and on the malty side with maybe some light toffee.

Taste is malty with very little hops noticeable. Bit of tea like astringency.

Mouthfeel is dry and light to medium body.

Overall, a really nice example of the style. I hope this new, small brewery doesn't go under as this is a very sessionable beer that will now be in my rotation of regular beers.

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Jayhawk from Kansas, Jul 03, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Really clear rich amber brown color. A light cream head dissipates to a spotted film of white. Light spots of lacing remain.

Aroma: Sweet roasted grains and barley dominate with a really sweet caramel and toffee behind all of the earthy grains.

Taste: Sweet, malty, and earthy with tea leaf tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Well balanced and quite frankly, very flavorful.

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Gutch English Style Mild Ale from Defiance Brewing Co.
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