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

A clean yellow/straw colored beer. Has a nice ,but small creamy white head with a nice lace. A light grassy note in the aroma to start. Then some sweet malt with a hint of hops in the background. The hop bitterness is right up front in the flavor with a slowly emmerging malt sweetness that gives way to the hops again in the finish.

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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 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 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 maxpower
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Grassy lemon aromas, caramel, lemon and pear flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and lightly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes dry with a pleasant bitterness, a good session brew.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly thick, froathy, creamy white colored head fades quickly leaving a few specks of lace. Transparent pale straw colored with dozens of fine bubbled streams shooting up to the top. Candied sweet, kind of potpourri floral aroma. Hoppy flavor is more balanced then the nose lead me to believe. Tasty sugary floral hop flavor is cut by a mild bitterness. There's a decent malt base underneath, but the hops definitely dominate. There's not much in the finish; the flavors fade and a quick metallic tinge. A solid tasty IPA, but I think it would taste better fresh. At $9.99 for a six pack I don't see any reason to revisit this one.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 Tballz420
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a light gold/orange color, with a small white bubbly head topping it off. Light hop aroma. The brew hits your tounge with a bitter hop whack, with about the intesity of an english pale that you would expect. Some slight citrus aspects, bready malt, everything that i would want from this style of beer. Good session.

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