Longshanks Spiced English Ale | Apex Predator Brewing

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Longshanks Spiced English AleLongshanks Spiced English Ale

Brewed by:
Apex Predator Brewing
Alberta, Canada

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As King, duty requires you to find good in any situation. Complicated matters require time for reflection. Time for an ale worthy of a king, or queen such as yourself. This beer mimics a classic dessert – royalty cake – which is made with almonds, vanilla and cardamom. What news from the North? It’s similar to an English bitter, but with an extremely exaggerated malt body. Secret plans shall reveal how this is achieved to expand your future kingdom. With an abundance of flaked oats and barley, and an army of Golden Naked Oats, which is held dear by Scotland… And the trouble with Scotland is it’s full of Scots! Toasted almonds, vanilla, and fresh ground green cardamom should drive your enemies South.

Added by biboergosum on 04-08-2018

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by Howlader:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can, the latest in the increasingly rapid releases of their Villainous Series. This time it's Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks (king of England in the late 13th century), and the beer is made to emulate Royalty Cake, using almonds, vanilla, and cardamom.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves a few bands of stringy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of edgy cardamom, mace, and cinnamon spice, some earthy nuttiness, subtle gritty and grainy cereal malt, and some mild musty, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some mixed metallic spiciness, ethereal real vanilla, a fleshy nuttiness, weak candied dark orchard fruity notes, and more well understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that spicy character takes more than a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, nuts, and spice all putting in extra time.

Overall - well, this certainly comes across very much like some sort of spiced cake (can't say I've ever had the 'royal' variety), something that one might see a lot of during the Yuletide. At any rate, it's interesting, and ultimately drinkable, but it would have been funny (if a tad morbidly so), if this one's style was a Scottish Ale or Wee Heavy, eh?

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Photo of Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Longshanks Spiced English Ale from Apex Predator Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 4 ratings