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 JDV
2.16/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smelled some faint hops for a second before pouring it but after that it was all overly sweet, gooey mildly gauzy malt. Taste was similar with an odd sweetness and equally unusual tart bitterness. Not infected bad, but still not enjoyable. Something about the whole experience of this beer was extremely unappealing. Not the worst I've had, but I didn't bother finishing the last half.

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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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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cracked open a bottle of this not really knowing how much to expect--I've not had much experience with English ales and I've never brewed with fuggles, but i figured (almost) every beer is worth a try.

Popped the top and got a nice grassy hop smell-perhaps i was imagining it, though. Gold colored with a hint of orange, Big creamy white foam, fair retention, left spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell was almost nonexistant--i think my nose is a bit stuffed up but other reviewers seem to say the same thing. Taste is thin, mostly bitterness from the hops with not real malt to back it up--unusual for an English brew. Aren't they usually malt heads on that side of the pond? Metallic taste in the finish that just lingers...

Mouthfeel is watery, another disappointment. Drinkability is very low becuase of the lack of malt balance, hops taste or aroma, and the lingering metallic finish. If someone offers you a bottle or you can get it cheap, why not, but I would be surprised with myself if i ever were to purchase this again.

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Photo of Naes
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a golden colored ale with a tall white head.
Its aroma is of mild hops.
The flavor is also mild hops, followed by a toasted malt presence and it finishes slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and surprisingly low on the carbonation level considering the explosive head.

Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Stimack
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this brew on cask last evening at Mahar’s. The brew was pulled and had a separation of color, clear golden color at the bottom and a cloudy light golden color for upper three-fourths. Had a creamy white head that broke down slowly and left fair lacing at the top of the brew. I was expecting more of a hop aroma from this brew but it was there and the dominant scent. The taste of the beer was fair, seemed to be very watered down and very mellow. Had a light biscuit like taste with some hop flavors but just seemed to be missing something. Not a bad brew just was expecting more.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at the Moan and Dove during the last bus trip. I believe Fuggles was also included in the name of this one. Cloudy goldenrod with a creamy white head, I enjoyed the perfumey hop aroma. After that, though, the beer was just ok..thin+ mouthfeel, light biscuity taste. Not awful, but kind of blah. Taste didn't live up to the aroma.

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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 walleye
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured a nice golden color with a white head that didn’t last. aromamalt fruity, honey, and a very small amount of hops. flavor caramel, malt citrus almost like a orange. hops. this would be a good session beer or one of those to drink after working out in the yard

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Photo of wl0307
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the Nelson Wines, BB 20/06/06, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: pours a dark straw to golden hue, and a loosely-formed, fluffy, hissing white beer head dissipating, plus very gentle and sparse carbonation--the overall impression reminds me of a lager.
S: a mild but concrete pale malty base supports a mildly fruity+lightly leafy note of hops (reminiscent more of Styrian Goldings than Fuggles) on top, plus a heather-honeyish sweet hint; very mild and restrained--not unpleasant, just a touch too weak for an all-Fuggles ale...
T: slightly metallic upfront, black-teaish hops expand gradually, taken over by a light, brown-sugary maltiness and a slightly dryish aftertaste of hops, where a restrained level of bitterness and an interesting touch of mint-like leafy-herbs shows in the finish.
M&D: slightly sharply carbonated, rather thin-bodied and the overall flavour is lacklustre. I can't say if the beer is not so fresh to be tasty any more, but this beer really is a boring offering, and compared with quite a few cask-conditioned ales made with Fuggles alone, this one pales big time in depth, freshness, and hop-performance. Maybe its cask-version would taste better and show more Fuggles?

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lucent amber containing infrequent, superfine bubbles that lazily ascend to an attractive eggshell white head that settles quickly to a one finger disk and is sticky enough to leave patchwork sheets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. There's nothing especially remarkable about the appearance, but it'll do.

The nose isn't very Fuggle-like. In fact, it doesn't smell like much of anything at all. I'm having no trouble appreciating the fruitiness of that particular hop, but it's as if it's buried beneath a thick layer of cotton. I have a hard time being critical of an aroma that has no off odors, but this one is so muted that I can't even grant it average status. Any beer that proudly displays 'English Fuggles Hop Ale' on its label should at least smell like Fuggles hops.

How did Castle Eden & Camerons ruin what should have been a tasty single-hopped pale ale? I love Fuggles hops, but they've been sorely misused in this beer. A significant lack of malt leaves the malt-hop ratio out of whack and results in a thin, harsh, bitter, mineral-like flavor profile. Longleg is crying out for some body, a hint of sweetness, something to cut the astringency. The body/mouthfeel favors light-medium and contains a finely fizzy carbonation that settles down over time.

If I remember correctly, I liked this brewery's Strongarm Ruby Red Ale. I have a few more Camerons beers awaiting my attention and can only hope that they're more like that beer than this one.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 whartontallboy
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clear yellow with a thin fizzy head. Not going to win me any friends, I'm sure, but this kind of looked like a macro on the pour. It really did.

Smell, for the hop boast in the name, it was surprisingly subdued. Thin European hop scent with a light maltiness cutting through. Even a bit of what kind of smelled like corn in the nose.

Taste is better by a bit, with a nice little hop bite on top of a biscuity malt that finishes with a mild dryness. Pretty small flavor, but nice enough and quite drinkable, you could session quite a few of these if you were so inclined. I, on the other hand, will skip over it in the future. Just so many better offerings out there to go for something that's a bit thin and bland.

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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 williamherbert
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a clear bright orange. Icy lace sitting at the top. See through. The lace sets it apart.

The smell is heavy bitter (fuggle) hops, that have that distinct chlorine aroma. Smells good. The hops are of the bitter, Euro variety. The hops are bitter, but softened.

Sweet brown ale flavor. Lots of added sugars. The sweetness is a bit off-putting. The hops are more apparent as it warms. Sweetness subsides; toffee and molasses come out.

Thick and a little chewy/chunky feel. Too sweet of a brown sugar taste. The bitter hops are not a balance, just the opposite extreme. Drinkable, not a crave-worthy brew in my book.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice looking pale, gloden color. Huge off white head on top that lasts all the way down the glass. Sharp, earthy and spicy aroma. Malt flavor at first that quickly changes to a peppery, spicy bitterness. Almost comes off as oxidized. Not all the well balanced against the malt. Overly bitter for a UK pale ale if you ask me. Decent enough body. Rather average-theres better UK pales out there.

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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 brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan 31 2006; consumed in Nov 2006

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a large-bubbled head that occasionally leaves a spot or two of lacing

Smell: Toffee and a vague citrus hoppy aroma

Taste: Starts with a sweet toffee flavor that is joined, mid palate by a slightly earthy bitter element that is gone in a flash; the finish has a bit of residual sweetness in itand a touch of diacetyl

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Forgettable, but easy to drink

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown bottle that was stamped "drink by 1/30/2006" bummer....at least it was a freebie.

Poured a nice golden yellow with a head that disappated rather quickly.

Very sweet and "grainy" nose, smells almost like sweet grits or cream of wheat, mixed with subtle carmel scents and the faint scent of hops.

Tastes very syrupy and sweet on the tip of your tongue, and then get's a like bitter towards the back. Finishes with a slight aftertaste.

Very active in the mouth, this beer dances on the tip of your tongue. It is medium to light bodied.

A pretty good brew, I'd like to try one that wasn't past it's date

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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 crookedhalo
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with an scarcely legible dot matrixed best before date. Cool picture of men on stilts holding on to a trellis and holding up harvested hops. I might be an idiot, but I kinda thought that the English did not use trellises to grow hops; I thought they sort of let them run amuck until they became almost unmanagable and then it was a good indication it was time to harvest.

Anyhow, This one pours a deep straw color with some honey highlights and a fizzy, off-white head. Poor retention. Some bready aromas with a tinge of hops, almost metallic. A little diacetyl, a little 2-row sweetness, barely any bitterness other than a noble grassiness in the finish, Mouthfeel is a little slick, whereas there is not too many flavors to pinpoint. Rather disappointing. Other than the faint diacetyl and light fruity estery reminder that its an ale, this drinks more like a lager. Lower carbonation plays a role in the ale's slickness on the tongue. It is rather drinkable and the Fuggles are lingering a little bit, just not as much as I may have wanted. It is balanced well.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy color, immensely carbonated, billions of bubbles, covering the side of the glass...thin wafer of white foam.
Nose is citric, fruity, apricot and tangerine, a bit grassy, but moreover bubble-gummy and a bit plastic. Pleasant enough, though.
Taste is gummy as well, fruity, then dry. Flavor doesn't seem to last very long, leaves with a whisper, leaving nothing much on the palate. Gets a little jiggle in the mouth, sloshes about,gets juicy, brief hoppy blitz with each sip, then zip, bam, fades away.
Good drinking, easy enough to swallow, if not for the flaws and the lack of real exciting flavor

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