Longleg | Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

70 Ratings

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-11-2004

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Nipitato
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

Appearance: Moderate copper hue. Good clarity. Thin white head, which disippates shortly after pouring. Ragged lacing develops on glass as beer is drank.

Smell: Mild to relativley unpronounced aroma. Faint trace of both fruity hops and bready malt.

Taste: Predominant floral estery taste up front. Malty middle. Slighlty bitter - finishes clean and dry. I also picked up a trifiling caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice light body. Low carbonation fitting its style.

Drinkability: Very drinkable even though it has more alcohol than a general english pale ale. A perfect beer for a session.

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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 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 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 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 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 MrSeth
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap: Looks great! Big frothy white head, golden bodied, barely hazy.

Sm: Champagne marmelade, fresh baked bread.

Ta/Mf: The balance of malt and hops flavors is interesting. The silky texture rolls across the tongue while the sweetness turns to bitter orange peel and finishes on the note. The carbonation is strong, but not over-powering.

Da: Medium. I could certainly go for a few pints of LongLeg over the course of an evening.

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