Longleg | Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-11-2004

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is bronze colored with a nice four finger head that crackles and pops it's way down to two fingers and stays put. This is some serious head retention! Lots of really crusty white lace is all over every inch of the glass. The label showing hop harvesters on stilts is pretty damn cool, and helps ya understand why it's called "Long Leg."

S - Deep bran biscuit aromas underline a tea-like hop aroma with hints of cinnamon and caramel. This smells hoppy, but not in the American sense of the term. This is deeper, more mellow, relaxed, and calm. Sweeter too. I love how mellow, yet complex this brew is. Old wood cabin notes, nuts, toffee, peanut brittle, I could smell this all day.

T - Toffee, caramel, strong black tea, and buttered toast. This is initially sweet and toffee-ish before turning bitter and herbal, like chewing on Earl Gray tea leaves. Like the aroma, this is complex as all get out, but it's got more oomph. There is an almost stout-like black coffee flourish at the end too.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated, this has a hard-water feel to it, and the initially semi-sweet nature of this brew gives way to a steadily increasing dryness. Nice!

D - This is the very definition of an English session brew. I could take a bath in this stuff. It's that good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

English Fuggles Hop Ale mmm my favorite variety,pours a light golden with a rather big white head with a nice amount of carbonation.Minty,herbal aromas abound here very "green" and fresh and appetizing,very dry and herbal flavors crisp as a cracker,big dose of those fuggles but with a firm dry malty backbone.Now this is a true quaffer not overly complex but cant get much more sociable in my opinion,a nice beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, label has an area for "best before" dating, no info is provided.oh well...this English P.A. pours a hazy typical light almond amber, long lasting tan head, good retention and nice stringy lacing left behind, nice hoppy/grainy nose. More hops on the tongue, more then usually found in the Brit pales, clearly they are trying to step up the bittering in this one. Malty late to provide balance and complexity, Pleasant and highly drinkable/sessionable ale. nice job on this one, well worth a try.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a long body and short neck with a crimped on cap.Best before date not marked.

Light amber color with a 3" creamy off white head with good retention and lots of spot lacing,a few strings of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

Good complex English style aroma very earthy and grassy,buttery,dark fruittyness,nutty with burnt carmell aromas.

A good butterscotch like taste,very earthy and nutty,syrupy. finishes with a crisp,clean tart fruitty bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with a grainy texture. Goes dowm smooth and easy,could session this beer. Reminded me a lot of Bass i seem to like this beer better.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear but just slightly chill-hazed orange color. Nice creamy white head, rises to 1/2 an inch. Thick sheeting laces, nice appearance. Smell is tilted on the malt side, brown sugar with a heavy sweet sense and some apricot. Just a bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is lightish, and the mood of this beer rests there too. Pleasant and easy-going, caramel with a noticeable but not aggressively assertive Fuggles counterpoint. Similar in profile from beginning to end. Slightly more juiciness than a Bitter, but with many of the same elements in common. I'd drink this one again, a toss 'em back more or less session beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me very much of a west coast pale ale.
Pours a golden yellow with a nice half finger of white that melts to a mild, soft ring.

Aroma is malty but citrus hops come to the front and become the dominate scent.

Mouthfeel is thin but adequate for a pale ale with lots of tiny carbonation adding character and bite.

Taste is barely sweet amber malts then some bready yeasts and finally the citrus peel hops finish it all.

Aftertaste is all about the drying, bitter citrus peel hops.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance- Golden brown with a thick creamy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Caramel malt with hints of ceder/ oak chips.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt with a woody flavor. Oak and ceder come through with a light bitter green hop oil.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and chewy up front with a mild bitter dry finish.

Overall- This is tasty. Would become cloying after 3 or 4 but big flavor and a nice feel give this beer a solid 4!

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extreme tribute on fuggles hops. Light yellow with lacey white head. Above averga carbonation. The lace coats the glass. A bit of hoppy, almost cheesy aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel. It climaxes in a fruitiness. Worthwhile pale to try. A sticky aftertaste that I love, that I hate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour brings up a frothy head of white above Longleg's clear yellow-gold body. The retention is good, and it leaves smears of spotty lace behind it.

The nose offers a lightly sweet, straightforward grainy maltiness with just a touch of caramel; a mild, orange-like fruitiness; and some dull leafy and floral hops in the backkground.

In the mouth it's light bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation in the English style.

The flavor offers a delicate balance of its malt, fruit, and hops backed by a brisk bitterness. It's initially a touch sweet and fruity (orange, apple), quickly followed by the appearance of grainy malt as it warms, with grassy and leafy hops right on its tail. It finishes dry with a smudge of lingering malt, and a peppering of leafy/earthy/mineralish hops.

Nicely done! It's light enough in overall character that it makes an easy-drinking and refreshing ale, but it's just complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white head slowly receding and leaving nice lacing on the glass. Clear pale golden yellow liquid, looks like a Pilsner more than a Pale Ale. Nose is light and delicate Fuggles hoppiness, true to its name, and some light maltiness. Taste is light, crisp and bitter with a wisp of malty sweetness. Finishes up dry yet refreshing, a nice session ale that to me has more in common with a decent Pilsner than anything else.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before: ?(spot left blank on bottle.. thanks guys!) Into a Shorts Imperial Pint Glass...

A - Slightly cloudy golden amber body with a good thumb of off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - Nice malt backbone to this aroma, toasty with really nice toffee and caramel sweetness. Slight grassy/citrus notes from the hops, very slight...

A - Grassyness from the hops is picked up immediately. Biscuit maltyness mixes with caramel and toffee notes underneath the more assertive than expected hop presence in the midpalate. At the swallow, one really gets the Fuggles, very grassy and bitter with some very light citrus notes, very present, without being overbearing.

M - Carbonation is just about right for a bottled English Pale, which to me mean I just wish even more I was getting this on cask... That creamyness would do wonders for this beer.

D - Nice session beer, good balance with very expressive hopping. Up there with Fuller's in my book, and better than Sammy Smith's... Recomend when you're in the mood.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.63/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a thick fine head.

The aroma of hops dominate smell of this beer along with a sweet bready aroma.

The flavor is awesome. Great hop bite balanced with just a touch of maltiness. This is a type of beer I don't want to over analyze, I just want to sit back and enjoy it.

This brew rocks. Nuff said.

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Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark copper amber with a small beige head. Aroma and Taste of floral earthy hops, some citrus fruity, caramel malt and mild grass notes. Palate is a medium body, light carbonation, mild sweet bitterness on the tongue. Finish is sweet caramel malt, fruity with some yeast, grassy notes with some earthy floral hops bitterness. Aroma and taste seem a bit weak but improve somewhat as it warms up. Overall not the best in class but a good drinking session ale.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle, two guys with stilts on the label, which also says "English Fuggles Hops Ale."

Pours nearly transparent gold, with a nice white froth that's a little bit sticky.

Nice aroma of what I'm assuming is Fuggles hops, but little else. It tastes like this too, but you get some pale malt in there as well. A pleasing hop bitterness lingers for a while.

LongLeg is light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. It's a great summer brew, I think. It would go especially well with spicy food.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
"English Fuggles Hop Ale" on the front logo sticker...
Appearance: Pours a tawny, copper, ruddy hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell: Ruddy, amber-grain aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla...
Taste: Flavor strongly complemented the aroma... Slightly bitter in the finish with hints of malts balanced by a slight dose of hops...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Not bad... Easily drinkable... Recommended...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, mint, tea, light caramelized malts and a pale hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of sweetness from flavors of honey and caramel. Then some flavors of tea and other spices come in along with a hops bitterness that is pretty strong for the style. The malt character is not heavy but it's about what you would expect from this type of beer. It's flavorful but the harmonious balance just doesn't seem to be there. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are certainly other EPA's that I'd pick before this one.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on cask at the Moan & Dove, billed as Long Legs Fuggles

Hazy gold with a bit of foam atop. Faint sweet scent. Taste - hmm, not sure what to make of it, but it doesn't taste at all like Fuggles to me. It's sorta earthy and funky in a way that makes me wonder how old it is. Mouthfeel flirts with the "flat and warm" canard. Had no problem quaffing it, but found it disappointing.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium gold color with heavy carbonation and a solid white head. Nose is malty with some fruity sweetness. Palate is malty, with some tropical fruit flavors and only moderate to light hop character. Maybe a little bit of citrus from the fuggles hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium, and finishes dry ... although there is a slight metallic aftertaste which is not pleasant. Over all, this beer is okay. There is nothing about this beer that impresses - it's just there. I would drink it again if it were offered to me, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kmo1030
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazed amber with a thin tan head. looks a lot like a pint of iced tea.
actually smells a lot like an iced tea too, with tea and citrusy lemon like slightly grassy hop aromas. saltine cracker aroma and a healthy dose of toffee in there as well especially as it warms.
somehwhere between a 3.5 and 4.0 for flavor, but i'm gonna round down. tea like lemony bitterness with caramel and toffee backing it up. grassy qualities develop with some warmth. maybe a hint of apricot and nuttiness.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
a nice sessionable beer. a solid english ale with a unique sweetness to it.

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Photo of iceball585
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellowish amber color, semi clear, very thin cover head, some carbonation bubbles rising

S- Caramel malts, grains, sugar, dried fruits, hint of hops

T- Nutty, caramel malts, bready, grains, sweet, creamy, slight bitter bite of hops near the end

M- Medium body, light/medium carbonation, smooth, semi-dry finish

D- Fairly good session beer

This beer is what I call a good well rounded beer. All the flavors blend very well together. There isn't anything that stands out in this beer that I would call exceptional but it is still good none the less.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear light gold color with a good white-ish head and nice active carbonation. Prominent spicy bitter hop aroma and flavor ... definitely Fuggles-city. Decently balanced but a bit too English Hop Bitter-y for my liking. Light-medium bodied with a biting dry bitter finish.

Per BOM notes: 4.8% ABV

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Photo of GreenCard
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, thin layer of foam that disappears rather quickly

Aroma: light caramel, lots of lovely Fuggles aroma

Flavor: mild malt sweetness with a twinge of hazelnuts, herbally hop flavor, finishes dryish with a mild bitterness and scrumptious Fuggles

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, zippy carbonation, crisp texture

Other: A great hop aroma/flavor showcase and very refreshing.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that stays a while leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Faint grassy/hoppy nose. Starts with some sweetness hops kick in and finish is hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow / orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas that are hops and something like shortbread sweetness. In the taste, more of this shortbread cookie sweetness. A smooth sweet mouthfeel with a sweet cookie aftertaste. Not much for hops and a bit sweet for a pale.

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Longleg from Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 70 ratings