Dark Star Sunburst
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #57
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3.74 | pDev: 8.82%
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gingery with an interesting fruity bubblegum twist. I'd have guessed Galaxy but it says Kentish hops on the bottle. Some slight dry woodiness in the background and a grassy aftertaste. Nice and complex.

Pretty good. I bet it really shines on cask.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml brown bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Bright golden colour, clear, thin bubbly film. A few big bubbles rising.

S) Strong odour of English bittering hops.

T) Noticeably bitter, straight away. Astringent taste, a bit of liquorice flavour, no balancing malt sweetness to speak of.

F) Nicely carbonated, bitterness is astringent though, drying the mouth, not one to drink for refreshment.

O) One for the fans of the true English bitter fans.

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Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow. Thin but long lasting frothy head.
Aroma of English hops.
Light grain and grapefruit flavour. Bitter finish.
Quite smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Rake, pale amber colour, slight haze, no head or lacing. Citrus aroma, notes of cork, very fragrant. Tasted citrus, mango and notes of cork. Finish bitter and wheaty. Mouthfull silky smooth, body slightly thick, minimal carbonation. Nice summer beer, slightly strong too session.

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Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, apricot orange pour. Short head quickly settles to a film, but does give some spotty lace.

Nice orange nose, over some gentle malt - smells appetizing. Great flavour of grain in this beer. Just enough citrus orange peel. Medium bodied, with a comfortably bitter, slightly drying finish.

A decent beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with an unreadable BB date. Acquired some time ago from my local beer specialist. I've heard good things about this brewery, and have been meaning to review this for a while.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden hue with medium carbonation. Appears to be bottle-conditioned. Forms a small white head that doesn't last long. Aroma of tangy citrus hops with undertones of light malt and yeast.

Tastes of light, grainy malt with an aromatic hop character and a dry finish. Notes of floral citrus and earthy yeast. Mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of aromatic hops and yeast.

Nice - plenty of aromatic hops; light and highly drinkable. This would be refreshing on a hot day. Worth sampling.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy and wheat notes, touch of citrus and vanilla.

T - The grassy hops come through alongside the lemon citrus notes, slightly bitter but a bit sweet on the finish. Some earthy wooden notes linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, but finishes a tad thin and overly dry.

O - A tasty english pale ale, but nothing spectacular in my mind. Certainly easy drinking, but it won't scar your memory with pleasant memories.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, lemon/tangerine juice and zest, honey, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, lemon/tangerine juice and zest. There is also a honey sweetness and some wheat. It finishes with a tart citrus aftertaste.

Overall - A nice tasting beer that goes well with the warmer summer weather. The taste is interesting and although I enjoyed it, I don't think I could drink more than a couple before getting tired of it. Still worth a try.

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Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


pours a medium-light golden yellow color. foamy head. little bit of lacing that lasts throughout.
smell is malty, hoppy, orange peel, tangy.
taste has oranges, wheat/malt, bit of hops. good carbonation, easy going, overall pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops is very enticing with light floral and semi-sweet malt. Taste is also an interesting mix between some citrusy notes with a very light bitterness and loads of floral undertones; semi-sweet malt base is well incorporated in the mix. Body is average with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting beer in a style that doesn’t necessarily produces it lots of complex beer.

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Photo of bryehn
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden colour with a nice frothy head that settles as a collared film and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Smells like fresh wheat, honey and ripened fruit with a toffee sweetness, biscuit-y malt backing and a hint of chocolate. Opens up as it warms and is very fresh.

Tastes like honey-sweetened ripe fruit, oatmeal and has a nice bitterness on the tongue. Mild, but satisfying.

Light-bodied, watery upfront with a low carbonation. an easy-going creaminess comes from the thin ring that is present until the bottom of your pint glass.

What a lovely, highly drinkable English ale. Pretty much everything I could ask for in a session beer. Great for a Sunday afternoon with some roasted peanuts or kettle chips.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
4.8% ABV
I tried this beer ion June 11, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent medium gold colour with a this white head. The aroma was floral hops, grainy malt, and light fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is grainy malt and orange peel bitterness finishes it off.

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Photo of paxkey
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light gold with small white head and lots of carbonation. looks like a mass produced euro-lager, hoping it tastes better.

some malty sweetness underlying the hops which does indeed smell like a typical fizzy malt blech.

a bit of citrus hops on the nose, nothing strong.

bitterness is nice, but it does have a malty sweet aftertaste that does remind of those beers i was hoping this was not. better than most but too much similarity with crap mass produced stuff to recommend.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - Poured pale gold, bright, with good carbonation. Soapy one finger white head with a ring of lacing and film of retention.

S - Grassy, fruity English hops. A little soapy. Mostly quite fruity.

T - Grassy with that good fruity hop again with a little tiny amount of soap. Not overly complex but it works well.

M - Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Slight bitterness.

O/D - Insanely drinkable. Very tasty. Really refreshing hop burst. Quite good.

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Photo of Roke87
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pint glass
Best before date: March 2012

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow colour with a two finger fluffy white head that quickly dissipates to a nice bubbly top leaving almost maximum lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Very fruity aromas right off the bat, paired with a nice biscuit malt in there as well, lots of grassy hop aromas in there that are due to the British Kentish hops, a very British smelling beer all around.

Taste- Just like the smells this one is very fruity on the palate as well coming through with a very grapefruit citrusy taste, paired again with that biscuit malt that just screams British beer. Finish again with the hops coming through on the grassy notes and a mild sweet caramel taste that comes through.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, the carbonation is good on this one, going down very smooth and crisp, it is ultimately a very refreshing beer all around.

Overall- A very British beer, lots of bready malts going on and the hops translate into a citrusy fruit taste that is very present in there as well, those two are very dominant in the tastes, I know this sounds kind of weird for a pale ale but I get a roasted malt flavour in the finish. I actually liked this one, the fruits were great and the flavours were all balanced rather nicely, I would pick this one up again although it’s probably not for everyone.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before appears to be March 2012- I take it that it was bottled March 2011.

Pours a very translucent pale golden colour. with a two full finger widths of solid-looking snow white head. Lots of carbonation visible. The head has a lot of retention, and is the most appealing part of the beer for me (visually).

Smell is, for me, characteristically British (as beers go), which perhaps is attributable to the hops. Vinegar is the smell that comes through most strongly for me (sounds like it has gone off, but it hasn't- it is not an unpleasant or overwhelming vinegar). Also carries a floral scent, and a bit of tartness, that is somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit but does not really have the citrus aspect of that scent.

Taste is more bitter than the nose let on, but is certainly not strongly bitter (not even in British terms), and comes through mainly at the end. The start is fairly sweet, and a bready malty flavour shines through throughout. The flavour is quite pronounced, but not very exciting, in my view.

Mouthfeel is not my style at all. Very light (almost juice-like), moderate carbonation and leaves the mouth very dry. I suppose it is "refreshing', so I suppose it gets some points on that end.

Overall, fine but not my cup of tea. Not something I would have again, but not unenjoyable.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden colour with a single finger thickness of foam on-top. Dissipates quickly to nice patches of ivory white bubbles.

S: Biscuity malts, fairly strong floral aromas, and noticeable grapefruit and orange citrus notes. Picking up some faint sweet honey. Overall a very refreshing smell.

T: Bready malts, but floral hops are quite pronounced, and some subdued grapefruit notes are in there too. Leans more towards bitter at first, but balances out real nicely in the finish. Very clean and crisp.

M: Light mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: This is a great summer/patio EPA. Definitely a sessionable brew that I will be picking up again.

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Photo of shamus
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very refreshing beer from Sussex. It does indeed have a citrusy grapefruit taste. It's a little on the sweet side for my liking but it's got enough going on in the flavour department to make it an interesting beer. I'd drink this again, but one at a time would suffice due to the honey grapefruit sweetness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sunburst is a befitting name for a beer that packs such a bright, sheeny, golden glow. Its natural haze notwithstanding, it absorbs the afternoon's summer sun with a level of celestial glorification, as if it were trying to imitate Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. Without a proper head, however, I wouldn't exactly consider this awe-inspiring art.

Whether or not art, whether or not craft, no matter what the brewer does, the end product is often proof that Mother Nature is the far superior designer: hops are truly marvelous things that can both amuse the nose and bemuse the imagination. These Kent hops simultaneously smell of citrus, flowers and grass whilst being gentle, fragrant, and pleasant.

The malts taste of oven-fresh bread loaf but haven't entirely shed their coarse, husk-y graininess. They also share a delicate, finespun sweetness that pleasantly lingers in the cheeks. The hops bring out flavours of candied orange peel and sugar-coated grapefruit flesh; they are predominantly grassy/earthy but impart a sneeze of acidity as well.

Like many a British pale ales, the hops act as fuel rather than engine - they provide the beer with the needed energy but it's actually the malts that are responsible for driving it. A doughy, lightly diacetyl-laced, mouthfeel provides the sustenance, but it's that earthy, floral, gently fruity, only nominally bitter hoppiness that breathes life into the beer.

Some may be indifferent to a beer as stock as this, but I can't imagine anyone not liking it. It is gracefully crafted and delightfully tasteful. It aims to prove nothing but proves something indeed: that English brewers are capable of some of the most widely agreeable, pleasantly drinkable ales, especially where subtly hopped ales are concerned.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up as part of the summer LCBO release.

Poured into a nonic. Nice bright copper-golden colour, good frothy head, lacing and solid retention.

Nose is mild biscuit and citrus, a bit of caramel as well. Nothing too potent.

A solid pale ale, quite tasty on the patio (but then again, what isn't?). Malt, biscuit, caramel, then nice citrus and tea hop finish. Slightly oily, thin bodied, nice carbonation.

I could easily drink a lot of this stuff, as I'm really digging this English Pale with Citrus Hop trent recently, and this one is a prime example. While nothing too special, it's a well-made, highly sessionable pale ale. Should be a fine summer brew.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, white soapy head, light lacing on the glass. Smell is of biscuity malt, caramel, light citrus with bitter hop notes deep down. Taste is malty up front, biscuit, nice bitterness, citrus revealed in the finish, mildly hoppy and quite well balanced. Medium body, light to medium carbonation, slightly oily feel from the hop profile. Nice refreshing bitter, enjoyable and would have again.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - aggressively poured to a one finger head, little carbonation, good clarity, fine sticky lacing

S - sweet malt and surprise grapefruit (citrus)

T - taste more subdued than the smell but well balanced - sweet malt, citrus, floral notes, slight hops scent and bitterness

M - light medium bodied ale with little carbonation - extremely clean and refreshing mouthfeel - silky

O - this could be my go to summer refresher if it were readily available - has the flavour I like but is subdued enough that it is very sessionable - I will go for more tomorrow

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden straw with tiny carbonation bubbles and a solid cm of thick off-white head. Leaves excellent lacing and has good head retention.

Smell - buttered bread, honey, leafy English hops, and a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and moderatley carbonated, but somehow mouth filling, almost creamy.

Taste - bread, honey, and English hops. I wouldn't call it "crisp" in any way whatsoever, but it is very refreshing. Finished very clean.

This is a tasty and satisfying beer that one could easily drink a lot of.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before March 2012 printed on the bottle.

Pours a pale golden orange with a couple fingers of white head, with some larger bubbles sitting here. A slight haziness to the body. Slightly sticky lace and a bit of retention. Nose has heavy English hops, some fruit esters, earthy notes, bread and a touch of grain. Slight diacetyl. Taste echoes the slight buttered bread and citrus that was present in the nose, but still dominated by the English hop character. Medium carbonation, some lingering bitterness and highly drinkable. "An excellent thirst quencher" as the bottle suggests.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one. BBE March 12. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Brilliantly clear, pale golden-poppy/sunglow liquid with a delicate garnish of ivory bubbles. Poor retention, not much lacing.

Gentle aromatics are crackery and floral with a hint of pomelo zest and zinc.

Faintly sweet grainy/biscuity/crackery/grassy flavor profile with a touch of citrus and a mild but lasting bitterness. Crisp dry finish.

Light-bodied with low carbonation.

Thirst quenching, if a bit drab...

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