Dark Star Sunburst | Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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Brewed by:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a shaker pint as part of the cask festival at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn.

A--Pale, lightish straw--almost like cheap apple juice. Crazy bright for an English pale, at least for what I'm used to drinking. A little hazy, and a few salmon roe bubbles that didn't do much. Can't be helped on a cask, though, I suppose.

S--Decent. Grass and herbal notes pull through with more earthy tones in the back and a punchy lemon hint. I'm getting some saaz and something earthier and English and maybe even American? on the hops profile. Neat balance of many types.

T--Bigger grain presence than I expected. Middle is pretty juicy, with plenty of biscuit center and some crackery grain toward the front. The saaz hops are pushy and make their way in early with more lemon zest and grass. The finish is fairly bitter, but has some, wait for it, fruity characteristics reminiscent of an American pale. Crazy--I got some tropical fruit in there on top, with more earthiness behind it. Herbal qualities from the nose are muted here, along with that earthy texture, to make room for that almost, I dunno, mango or guava thing in the very back of the flavor profile. Good stuff!

M&D--Smooth and silky, almost creamy. can't beat cask for the mouthfeel, especially at a good 60 degrees. loving it. Highly recommended--I could drink a few of these, and would have had there not been ten other casks beckoning me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mintjellie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden straw colour with brilliant clarity. A finger of pale white foam is only somewhat retentive, but leaves some nice lacing behind. Delicate and perfumey aroma with notes of honey, grapefruit rind, wildflowers, clean hay, and very faint butter. It hits the palate with some juicy grapefuit and lemon before transitioning into lightly buttered white bread. Finishes with a dry, woody bitterness that only shows intensity or linger when you really hold it and roll it on the palate. It's a light-bodied ale with low carbonation, but it's actually just a touch oily and resinous too. Has a slight slickness to it. Sits lightly in your stomach. I would love to see how this balanced and tasty ale would pair with pan-fried pickeral, fries, and slaw. I'd also love to see how well it goes with the back porch and a hot July day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of nice grapefruit taste for a sessionable 4.8% abv. Golden yellow colour with quick dissipitating white foamy head. Almost no aroma. Cascade, styrian and Challenger hops. Should be a regular feature. Easy drinkability.Tad above average mouthfeel. LCBO fresh bottle.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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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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 paxkey
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 bultrey
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden, with a thin wispy head and delicate sparkling carbonation. This beer has a musty basement aroma, with perhaps a touch of clover honey. A rather like the taste of this -- a musty flavor up front quickly trasnforms into citrusy lime zest, grapefruit, fresh cut hay, and a delicate, honeyed malty sweetness. This subsequently gives way to a long, lingering -- but not overpowering -- bitterness, that serves to balance things out quite nicely. Mouthfeel is clean and effervescent, a natural bright acidity that would be fantastic with food. Drinkability is off the charts -- a session pint if I ever tasted one. Many thanks to the London crew (Beerymatt, Londonporter, and wl0307) for the bottle. Cheers mates!

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grassy and herbal English hop and a light graininess.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal hop and a smooth pale malt.

The mouthfeel was clean with a dry finish.

Overall a light hop packed ale. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Roke87
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Sigmund
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Golden colour, like a pils, some chill haze. Decent white head, nice lacing. Aroma has first strong notes of tropical fruits (aromatic hops), then the aroma subsides and I get moderate notes of honey and flowers. Moderate carbonation, soft moutheel. Flavour has first some moderate fruity notes, then a gentle hoppy bitterness takes you by the hand and leads you through the finish and aftertaste. The beer is light bodied, and is indeed one for those hot summer days - but I quite enjoyed it in the dead of December too. I imagine this would be a good "introduction ale" for lager louts - the first step into the world of better ales, so to speak.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MatJones
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jweis
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryehn
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 jrenihan
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 haz77
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale, hazy gold with a firm white head, which reduces to a frothy half inch. Some small bubbles of moderate carbonation slowly rise.

S - Grapefruit, lychee, lemon, honey, slight musk and breadiness.

T - The citrus kicks in immediately and there's a sweet bready note in the background. Lychee pushed through in the middle, along with the honey. Light bitterness appears at the back and the citrus reappears. Lingering, clean, bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Light-medium body and soft carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

D - Highly drinkable. The pint glass was empty in no time at all as constant sips were taken. Tasty beer.

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

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold, the liquid clear. There is a low white head.

The mild smell is sweet and yeasty in a British way. Some aromatic hops and vegetables.

The taste is quite powerful. Sweet cookies, fresh yeasty hoppy flavours, some matured notes and a hint of dough. The aftertaste is earthy and refreshing with lots of English hops.

The carbonation is medium; the small bubbles are smooth, as is the liquid.

This ale got more hops than I had expected from English summer-seasonal ales. I liked it.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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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