Banks's Fine Fettle | Marston's PLC

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Banks's Fine FettleBanks's Fine Fettle

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Marston's PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by EmperorBevis on 12-15-2011

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by EmperorBevis:
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3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured to reveal a burnished gold body with a wispy light white coloured head that seems barely there that keeps if the glass is swilled.

When poured a wonderful hoppy aroma is thrown up you can really smell the fuggles coupled with lemon zest and fresh croissants.

The taste is very malty, slightly sweet a taste of digestive biscuits that sits on the tongue for a while before warming to hops and a bitter peppery zing quite a complex palate indeed for 99p a pint!

Really good carbonation a little spritely but it almost goes unnoticed until oops **burp** pardon me and quite a solid mouthfeel.

Alright! seven thumbs up

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up a little while back from Booths. Described on the label as a golden ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich orange-amber colour with light carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of cardboard, stewed leaves and fruity ale yeast. Uninspiring.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops, mild caramel, cardboard and fruity ale yeast. Somewhat harsh. Well-attenuated, with considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and hop bitterness.

Meh - a rather average offering from Marston. Dull aroma and flavour with vague off-notes to trouble the palate. Body is OK but that's pretty much the only highlight. No great shakes - if you chance across it give it a miss.

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Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 28/02/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: brown-ish amber in colour, mild and sporadic carbonation, good clarity, topped with a thin beige
S: upfront the peach-blossomy and orangey-honey-ish aroma abounds, underlined by a rather subtle tinge of toffee-ish maltiness. But overall the honey-ish fruity aroma seems to be so dominating that it’s hard to pick up any other elements on the nose… Hops are rather timid in this case, if Fuggles and Goldings are indeed used according to the back label (meaning that the two varieties are not so pronounced and true to their aroma).
T: spritzy on the palate, the thin-bodied, smooth malty foretaste is a bit like barley tea even, going down with more fine sweetness from crystal or caramel malts; as the malty flavour quickly settles, a flow of earthy and roast tea-leafy tannic bitterness reveals itself by stealth, not in a big, rough way, but sufficient to render a pleasant, moderately bitter finish.
M&O: as mentioned, the palate is compromised a bit by the spritzy carbonation, otherwise the beer drinks very smooth and lubricating, albeit a bit lacking a proper body. This is a strange Best Bitter that is far more malty than it is bitter on the balance, although the label claims (or, purports) the style to be “Pale Ale”.

Note: The Cyclops table printed on the label says:
STYLE: Pale Ale / 4.8% ABV
SEE Pale Gold
SMELL Fragrant Hoppy
TASTE Crisp, Fiery, Bitter
BITTER *** (5/5)
SWEET *** (3/5)

To be honest, after tasting the beer itself, I find the Cyclops description here to be nothing more than subjective and utterly useless in telling one what the beer might be like. At least, it fails to ring a bell on the beer I’ve just had…! Good intention, but not professionally executed, I’m afraid.

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