Old Empire | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom
fullpint.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
14.16%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dentist666
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden beer with ample off-white head. Clear aroma of citrus, quite diacetylic, crystal malts, evident lack of hops in here. Flavour is prosaic, rather sharp bitterness, less resinous, more standard malts. It can be said "not well-balanced", not "full-flavoured". Good carbonation amd full body.

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Photo of Tiny_Tim
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Bix
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hosehead83
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5liter clear bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear antique gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Whiff of sulfur, faint earthy hop note
Taste-Pale and toasted malts, earthy hops, grapefruit rind bitterness lingers to the finish. Faint mineral bite and sulfur note accompany each sip. Not bad, just different.
Overall, easy drinkinf and subtle. A spicy or robust food pairing would enhance this brew in my opinion.

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Photo of Twal
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 500 ml bottle bought in Spain.

A - Color is orange-tinged gold. Head is white and mad of tiny bubbles; initially several cm thick, and fades to a thin sheet. Persistent lacing. Poured cloudy but then cleared as it warmed.

S - Aroma is of sweet, bready English malt. Some grassy hops in background, but muted. Fruity yeast. Aromas are soft but clean.

T - Moderate hops bitterness and flavor. Some crisp malt and soft, fruity yeast notes. A faint sweet alcohol taste. Flavors develop complexity as beer warms.

M - Medium body. Light hops burn. Creamy carbonation.

O - A very nice, well-made brew. However, it lacks the hops punch to deserve to call itself an IPA, even an English one.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance--- amber light colour with a white head (1 finger) not lasting
Aroma---citrus, malt and grass. Fresh herbal smell too.
Taste---bitterness presence but with a nice touch of lemon aroma and malts.
Mouthfeel---medium / light body and medium/light carbonation.
Overall--- good and long aftertaste. Drinkable and balanced. Nothing spectacular but consistent.

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Photo of larrynevins
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Welshbloke
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of Bellonc
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ceetee26
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Heminoolo
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of craiggoode
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of djura
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got it from Italy.

A-Lighter amber with few bubbles and two finger foam lasting a minute.
S-Surprisingly nothing special,some grains.
T/M-Really huge hops aroma and aftertaste,which is typical for IPA's,but really nothing more then bitterness. Not that high abv,but i think it could hit you hard after 3+.
O-Expected much more from English IPA,but not sure i would like to drink it again.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cletetron
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber coloured body with huge but quickly vanishing big bubbled white head.

Big hard hitting aroma of erm.... Northern lights, real good cannabis smells in there (so a friend says, honest, :P ) and hops and lemon grass.

Despite the emense hop nose the main flavours are the malts and tastes of wheat crackers not big on bitter tastes rather a slightly sour citrusy aftertaste coming in to sit on the tongue.

Not as heavy and boozy as you might think but still heavy hitting with the alcohol balanced against the ease that this slips down due to a damn good MF makes it a dangerous beast especially considering the nice way the bubbles wash it down to an easy going carbonation.

Among the many, many paleales of Marston’s this is probably the best.

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MEP
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows grassy hops, spicy notes, caramel and toffee along with soft diacetyl.
Flavours are not as interesting, mainly focussing on bready malt and very faint caramel followed by a plain but aggressive bitterness.
Body seems watery.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Old Empire from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
3.39 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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