The Green Gecko IPA No.2 (for Lidl)
Banks's Park Brewery

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From:
Banks's Park Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 17.39%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
11
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 28, 2018
Added:
Dec 30, 2015
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  3
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Dark amber color, small not-quite-white head, no lace.
Sweet malt aroma, a little bit of fruit.
Biscuit taste, late hops of grapefruit and rind.
Persistent bitterness in the mouthfeel.
Nov 28, 2018
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
L- Mid chestnut, clear, pours with 5mm white head.
S- Slightly citrus, perhaps over towards lime.
T- Ohhhkk, straight into a very dry/hoppy area with some toastiness following. Yes it's IPA, but a very bitter one for me. It hits my throat so hard I've started coughing a few times. Occasionally I do get lime facets showing through.
F- It is something of a blunt instrument, very hoppy/dry. The body of 5% helps partially salvage it.
O- Too hoppy/dry for me, I consider it overall out of balance.

One of those discount beers hiding behind a 'XYZ Beer Company' front, in this case 'Hatherwood'. Googling it suggests it's perhaps brewed by Shepherd Neame, after having previously been brewed by Marstons, but I don't know how to prove which is correct. Either way it's brewed for the Lidl discount chain.
500Ml bottle, BB is not visib;e anywhere on the packaging.
Nov 26, 2018
 
Rated: 1.77 by Neilos from England

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by mtbdonn from Colorado

Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.49 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania

Aug 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by dcmchew from Romania

Aug 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by leitmotif from Romania

Aug 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by hdtrice from England

Aug 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.33 by Oidmoe from Austria

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.57 by rulisekmartin from Czech Republic

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.2 by doorknobs from Texas

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottled
I've poured half and shook and periodically topped up
This has keep a half decent white head A top of the light brown/dark amber body
Really tangy aroma of grapefruit grassiness and pine that says citra to me. It's big and inviting
The flavour has all that though for me it lakes some bitterness
Feels a tiny bit thin for a 5% but let's be nice and say easy drinking
rather good stuff actually
Mar 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Bobbykflak from England

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is my first attempt at a real review, but here is what I thought,
Appearance: Amber in color - much darker than expected for an IPA. There was a small head, but it was not retained. No visible sediment.
Smell: Biscuit malt is first on the nose. Almost sweet and slightly coppery in smell, but quickly overpowered by a fresh floral-citrus hop smell. Slight alcohol smell comes through very mellow - not overly boozy. Nice smelling overall!
Taste: Very mild and slightly sweet at first. Coppery taste comes through a bit, but transitions through two waves of hoppy flavors. First is very floral but not at all overpowering, then a second wave of lemony citrus flavor finishes and lingers after swallowing. Very well balanced flavors! If not for the copper undertone, it would be absolutely great. Not sure if that is just the malt, or something else.
Mouthfeel: Flat beer. Not missing carbonation entirely, but certainly less carbonated than expected. A little creamy, which works well with the initial sweet and finishing lemon flavors. A little more carbonation would be very good for this beer. Almost more of an English ale mouthfeel as it is.
Overall: Very drinkable and overall enjoyable beer! The hops shine through, but are not overpowering. The lemon-citrus finish is very nice as well. A little more carbonation would go a long way here, and the slight copper flavor takes attention away from the very good flavors. Not a must have, but certainly a good beer.
Dec 30, 2015
The Green Gecko IPA No.2 (for Lidl) from Banks's Park Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 15 ratings