Longleg | Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

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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
Photo of putnam
4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best before 31/01/06"

Bright, clear straw gold color and a dynamic, crumpet-like top of white. Lemon drop candy aromas spin away into images of lemon cookies, lemon bars and lemon meringue pie. Sophisticated elements of buttered breadcrusts are present too.
On the palate it is racy. Soft in character overall, there is a crunchy, biscuity dryness to the malt that is nicely boosted with subtle shadings of barn-cured herbs. Honey sweetness is never yielded to by solid, sure bitterness -- the persistent, gorgeous finish is full of dry crust, bitter chocolate, marigold and a smear of butter.
It's a picnic.
I'm impressed with the agility, proportion and class of these Cameron's brews. Only one warning: this is not beer for "competition" -- it is for serious, committed savoring, one after another. Don't dare serve it cold either. Room temp is best.

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Photo of marburg
4.67/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a fresh bottle at just slightly below room temp out of my imperial pint glass. Sparkling orange-ish color with a foamy, easily ressurectable head atop the brew.

Sweet graham cracker aromas hint at a strong malt presence -- more malt, crackers, and biscuits. Deliberate, forceful swirls of the glass reveal a lot of fruit subtlety in the form of nectarine and lemon.

There's a real bready, biscuity maltiness to this. The bitterness is mild but it lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Fairly straightforward on the palate, this is remarkably well balanced. A hell of a drink. I could suck 50 of these down without blinking an eye (well, maybe one blink when I collapsed and died...but I'd be happy).

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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 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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of 2 make my own 6 packs.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by Jan 31 2006) a hazy straw gold with a very large head of foam that lingers on for the entire session and it has some very good lacing.

The smell, well, is *very* nice. I get notes of caramel malt and some hops in the background. If I were blindfolded, I could tell that this brew was from the UK.

The taste is a very finely balanced flavour of caramel malt and those yummy Fuggles hops which impart just the slightest hint of citrus. Yummy.(again) It's very flavourful and only sags right at the finish where I'd describe it as very dry. Damn. This is a very easy drinker and I'm already down to my last 2 or 3 ounces. I'd certainly buy this one again.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty English Pale Ale, even though it's almost a year and a half past its best by date. I'd love to sample a fresh bottle.

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Photo of inebrius
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can one resist the pull of an earthy hop variety after being exposed to the grapefruit and pine potpourri of American pales? Golden liquid resonates in the glass under wisps of crisped grains and river weeds. A pull is toasted alongside bitter salad greens and easy. Longleg is more connected to its Eastern European cousins than anything. A clean and less fruity drinking ale.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one initially has a nice white head atop a golden liquid. Head retention could have been a little better, though. The smell is a nice balance between bready maltiness and floral hops, in a light and airy sort of way. This is not an in-your-face beer, but the smell is still very inviting. I love the English hops aroma. The has a mild, slightly doughy malt sweetness that’s accented with caramel. The malt flavor is full and round, backed by a mildly bitter hoppiness. The beer isn’t too sweet, and the hops really do a great job of finishing the beer. Some nut and herbal flavors come out in the taste as well. Medium body. Terrific balance. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass a crystal clear light copper color, bronzish color. Clear as glass with a decent sized, white head that is somewhat rocky and fairly dense. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma is typical of an English Pale Ale. With more and more experience, I am beginning to notice differences in hop aromas. I brew Enlgish ales and use Fuggles alot and it is nice to see a Fuggle exclusive hopped beer out there. I like this one. Malty and slightly hoppy, per the English rulebook.

Nice flavors. Good caramel flavors with the hops coming in toward the back and leaving a tinge on the tongue. Bitterness is almost perfect and the hop flavor seems very well designed.

I really enjoyed this one. I had never heard of or seen before but I am glad I picked up the sixer. I will have no trouble finishing these beer. A perfect session beer, in my opinion. Hoppy, mild, and not overly alcoholic. A real treat!!

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

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden with an low off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel and slight toffee with Fuggle hop aroma and other fruity aromas.

The flavor was nicely accomplished with caramel and some sweet maltiness coupled with a nice fuggle hop bittering and fuggle hop flavor. The hop bittering and flavors were understated and well balanced with the maltiness.

The finish was minerals and just dry with lasting caramel fruitiness. The body was medium and well done with a low carbonation level. This beer was extremely easy to drink, great session beer.

16.9 ounce bottle. Best before 02/06/05.

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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 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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light amber with a short to moderate head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is slightly metallic and with a floral hop smell- very pollen like with balanced sweet malt in the background. The taste has some of the restrained maltiness as the smell, along with the slightly metallic note and floral hoppiness as well. I find these notes common in English esbs, and now here they are in an English pale. This is no ESB, though. Substantially more hop flavor, and there is quite an earthy bitterness to this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial but drying. Hoppier than I expected for an English brew and a little bit different. Quite nice.

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

A-Pale yellowish amber with a thin white head that hung around and left nice ringing lace behind.

S-Sweet caramel malts and the unmistakable earthy, nutty aroma of Fuggles hops. Nice especially since this is from a bottle...I bet this on cask would be great!

T-Lightly fruity, earthy nutty Fuggles hops with a nice balance from the sweet caramel malt.

M-Medium-light body, with a good bready chewiness. Clean semi-dry finish.

D-A good tribute to the king of English hops. As stated previously, this is pretty darn good considering it's from a bottle. I bet this beer served by the classic gravity cask method would be stellar! Nice to see that these hops survived the trans-Atlantic crossing and subsequent storage!

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off a big note to my review is that according to the label my bottle was best a year ago. But besides that it tastes like a pretty good english beer to me. But maybe all the english beers at the shop I go to are expired so maybe I don't know what a good english beer tastes like. But anyway.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a decent white head. Not alot of head but might be because my bottle is old.

S - Fruity like apple but you can also smell the malts just in the background.

T - Initial taste is fruity and lightly hoppy, then the malts set in with a bitter finish.

M - A slight fizzy carbonation, not displeasing at all though, at least to me.

D - Pretty light for such a complex ale. I could imagine downing a few of these cold on a party night. Decent strength to it but nothing that kicks you in the face or anything. So in other words great drinkability.

As I said my bottle said best by 02/06 so mine my not be the best example but it tasted pretty good to me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by February 2005, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is faintly herbal with some definite grassy notes and a touch of dry, faintly toasty malt towards the end. As my nose gets used to this beer a nice berry like fruitiness that I find characteristic of fuggles starts to become noticeable.

Crisp tasting up front, but then a sweet, lightly caramelized, and definitely fruity note takes hold and lasts through to the finish. This has a nice biting bitterness to it that lingers on through to a faintly astringent, yet crisp finish. The fruitiness has a characteristic berry-like fuggles character to it that is quite nice, and still surprisingly fresh. A touch of biscuit malt character finishes this brew off along with the bitterness.

I am quite impressed with this beer, it has really held up quite well, though I think that this is because it has been stored at refrigerator temperatures all this time. It is quite fresh tasting still, or at least has no touches of oxidation or age that are discernable. This is almost an IPA in character, especially for an exported English beer. This is very nice.

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Photo of Ego
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

kind of goofy throw back (50's) look bottle (works well with the duke ellington I am listening to at the moment...)

straw with a brownish tinge, nice head, withstanding well, solid carbonation, nothing fancy nothing rancid

bready, almost belgian esque but a bit breifer.. malt and subdued hops like honeysuckle rather than a full on bouquet.. pleasant enough

mouth action...
a nice fullness without being heavy in the least, fills the mouth amply without over carbonation, the feel is excellent across the whole pallette, this reminds me of what a "mild" fullers ESB would tast like, quite enjoyable, nothing overwhelming, just a nice malt (not too sweet) start and bare bones hops that finishes dry enough to not drown out the wonderfull mouthfell

an excellent session beer, not as agressive as say long trail ale in america but similar in its ease of sip and nice full feel across the whole mouth. not outstanding in any category but well rounded enough to really enjoy when you arent on a hop kick or oak aged kick or etc etc

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Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selection of the Beer-of -the-Month Club. Poured a hazy amber color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is mainly a fruity malt with only a tiny note of hops present. Taste follows through on the maltiness with more hoppiness also to be found. Finishes more dry than sweet and very pleasant. An enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 acrawf6
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before spot is blank.

Pours out a quite orange amber with a tan head that foamed up nicely, and not has a bunch of big bubbles all around. It looks quite peculiar.

Smell. Certainly reminds me of other hopped english ales- nice balance of a citrusy hop bitterness with a nice sweet and malty backbone.

Taste. Nice flavor, hops are dominate with a drying and bittering sensation. Hops have a small amount of citrus, but overall it is more of a natural and woody flavor. Malts are there, but more of the backup role. I am a little surprised at this as i did not think it would be as hoppy as it is.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium, but with a slick sensation in my mouth. Carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. For $3.50 a bottle, i think i can find other beers i would prefer to buy, but that is just a personal opinion. It really is a solid beer that uses the hops very nicely- quite present, but by no means over the top.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after drinking so many american beers i forgot that you could make a hoppy beer without making itoverly bitter and green tasting. golden roange in color with a subtle white head, leaving absoultly no lacings around the glass. skunky hop aroma offset by malty sweetness and hints of cramel as well as citrus. maybe a wood smell too, is that yeast, id ont know but somethign else. tastes great. smooth citrus, lemon/grapfruit/orangy taste. hints of coriander, or some sweet type spice like that. great hopping, makes it real juicy and thirst quenching. somewhat dry in the aftertaste. very good session beer. i sat arund aplying a little madden sipping one at first just enojoy it's simplicity but great taste, but thought that it deserved a review because it really hit the spot for me tonight. i wanted a beer, but not something i had to think about, but not something dumb either, and here.

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