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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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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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 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 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 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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a lightly hazed copper with a small head. Carbonation is pretty good. The smell is of sweet English style malt, a caramel aroma with just a touch of fuggles. Taste is primarily malty, with a mild hop flavor and bitterness. A very British taste, perhaps a little too mild. The label says this is an "English Fuggle Hop Ale", but I was left disappointed in the level of hops. This is a pretty good brew overall, even though I found the label missleading. This is tasty, but mild enough to be a good crossover beer for a newcomer to BA.

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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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a mild hop aroma. It's sweet with a fruity edge as well as bitter. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy with a little residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good English pale. I love the aroma, but the residual sweetness is a little much. Overall, a decent drinker.

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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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Chill hazed, light honey yellow. Actually quite bright and clear once the condensation leaves. Small, unlasting cap of whiteness. A few thick globby strings and a few spots of lace are left along the glass.

Soft, delicate, chewy caramel aroma with a bit of pale melon fruityness.

Taste is mostly malt and fairly low toned, breif carbonation stay in the front. Pale caramel with a few hints to some melon, apple, and green grapey dryness. Finish is light and short-ended with a smallish hop leafyness and some mineral-like ascents sticking behind late.

Body is a bit loose and shy of medium, firm, clean, yet stubstantially missing a better boldness and girth to its mouthfeel.

An OK Pale ale, nothing to get excitied about, but drinks fine enough.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle sealed with a simple looking brass colored crown cap. Profiled main label shows a pair of stilt walking dudes in a hop field. Advertised as ‘LongLeg – English Fuggles Hop Ale’. Best Before 02/06/05, oh my this one is well past its advertised best by at least a year!

Appearance: Peach melba body is enhanced by a range of amber tones that present a varied appearance. Deep off-white head is feisty and lives the life throughout. Low key lacing is good enough.

Nose: Soft chewy caramel with a hint of tangerine and some fleshy apricot to add a fruity dimension. Has a Bubblegum tangent that adds a commercial nature.

Taste: Fuggles are in play here, but they are in profile and don’t stray out of the box. Simplistic aspects are favorable but there is a tired feel, this could be due to the aged nature of this past BB date beer. Finish has some toffee and the toasty malts lend balance to the chewy hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very fine in nature, the disposition is one that rarely frustrates and moreover adds to a brew that enhances the overall experience.

Drinkability: Session material, my friends would have me carried me home before I reached satisfaction with this one.

Overall: Despite the fact that this one is almost a year beyond its BB date, it presented its case rather well I feel. Nice stuff. No short legs here. But I’d rather try this one fresh.

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