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Strong Ale - English
Ranked #39
Ranked #28,902
3.79 | pDev: 8.97%
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

May 27, 2014
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, huge pillow of bubbly off-white froth, great head retention

Aroma: passion-fruity hops, bubble gum, grainy malt, honey, hint of coriander

Flavor: semisweet maltiness laced with a strangely floral/perfumey hop flavor; the bitterness is surprisingly firm, hitting almost immediately; hints of orange peel, caramel, and leather; finishes semi-dry with a lingering orangey bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, soft carbonation, crisp texture but smooth at the same time

Other comments: This is nice. A "commemorative" beer that actually steps out a bit, as opposed to just tasting like any other typical English ale. Scrumptious!

Jul 14, 2007
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served slightly chilled in a pint glass

Pours with a light amber body, some slight copper highlights throughout. Thick bubbly white head with solid retention, although soon settles down to a small whisp. Some patchy lacing

Smell, rich slightly alcoholic malt. Little bit of sweet estery malts, some fresh english hops.

Taste, crisp and full bodied malt character. Some slightly dry yeast character, thick hop bitterness. Some slight musty malt

A very flavourful big english ale. Its no 1845 or special london ale... but its good

Oct 05, 2007
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the two beers I brought back with me from Europe for the purpose of conducting proper reviews. Purchased in eastern London the day before flying back to the States. Half-liter bottle, brewed with English Golding, Fuggles and Brambling Cross. It pours a crystal-clear amber, with low carbonation and two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Very pleasant aroma, with soft perfumy and citric notes, and a late malt sweetness. On the palate, it's a barrage of delicious hops that deliver a big dose of orange, along with some herbal and perfumy notes. The hops become more pungent as I go, and impart a slowly-increasing bitterness. Pretty dry, medium body, with adequate carbonation and a longish finish. Not the best beer from my two months in Europe, but far from the worst, and it makes for a tasty, hopped-up English ale that is worth the purchase if you ever come across it.

Mar 13, 2008
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charlatan from Scotland

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer from 500ml bottle has an orange to honey coloured hue and a nice fluffy head. The nose is pleasant. There is some dried fruit apparent and a rather more astrigent green grape whiff in the background.

I don't think of this as a strong ale at all. It seems more like a good pale ale. Well coordinated with a good balance of malt and hops, this one slides down very easily, tasting almost exactly as the nose suggests: a simple beer done well.

Dec 29, 2008
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's.... Apparently brewed to mark 200 years of family brewing...

Poured a nice golden coppery colour. Slightly off white head poured quite small then faded to almost nothing - just a thick ring around the edge... some light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Quite strong spicy fruitiness (lots of orange, pears and apples), biscuity malts, toasted bread, alcohol notes coming through - a bit like whisky mixed with brown lemonade... floral honey, sea saltiness, grassy hops, toffee / caramel sweetness, some faint medicinal notes..

Taste – Initially very sweet malts are to the fore... thankfully after the first few mouthfuls this is balanced out with some nice peppery hop bitterness... sweet spicy fruits (oranges, some light banana notes, apple, figs), honey and almond, again some noticeable alcohol notes, creamy, some vanilla, toasted caramel, light biscuitiness...

Feel - Rich, smooth and creamy... medium body... Fairly drinkable although it is pretty sweet...

Overall - A very good strong (not really that strong) ale... I initially thought it was going to be too sweet but thankfully it became much more balanced after the first few mouthfuls... recommended...

Jun 25, 2007
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours apricot/copper with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Orchard fruit & leafy hops

T: Pears, apricot, & leafy hops up front. herbal hops, more apricot & pear as this warms, plus flinty dryness & a touch lemony hops as well. Finishes with herbal & grassy hops, fruittyness & a bit of citrus

MF: Light/medium body with low carbonation & pretty good balance

Great drinkability, I could stay on this for 3+ pints no problem. Not a great English Strong Ale but worth a try

Aug 04, 2009
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a large dirty white head. A huge rush of carbonation keeps the head holding on for a while. Nice chunky, webbed lacing is left behind. Smells of bubble gum, hops and malts. Tastes much better than expected with some fruit a decent malt backbone and a little candy sweetness in the background. A very faint bitterness is also noticed. Medium bodied and goes down nicely and just a tad on the dry side. I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of British brews, but this one is just unique enough and tasty enough to win me over, and I have to wonder if its heritage might cost it some points.

Apr 17, 2009
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with relatively thin head and some light lacing. Smells quite malty, and relatively dry, but not biscuity. Oddly, there is a smell of alcohol despite the relatively tame abv. A touch of sweetness and copper rounds it out. Tastes pretty light for a strong ale, and there is a touch of grainy sourness at the beginning and at the finish is a bit of soapiness. In between is malty and round but a bit thin. A little boring for the style and not as rich or pleasing as it could be. Okay.

Sep 09, 2008
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BlackHaddock from England

2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 22nd Feb 08, drank Christmas eve 2007.

Poured into a Palm Special tulip glass (twice).

Lighter than I thought it would be, a very clear, light amber colour with an off white head that soon clears away to leave a small collar round the glass and nothing else (on both pours).

The aroma is of malts, hops and a little yeast, the label mentions a bitter orange finish but I can't find that in the nose or the taste.

Bog standard English Ale, no great flavours for me, a little too bitter if anything with the sour citrus fruits coming through more than the orange.

Fairly watery for a 5.2% Ale, no high alcohol feel at all, could be mistaken for a 3.8% session beer.

I drink with all my senses, this didn't look great and the mouthfeel let it down too, not a beer I will seek out or long for.

Dec 24, 2007
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tan/orange with a medium off-white head. Smell is a hint of malt. Taste is toasty malt, a hint of butter, definite British yeast strain. A hint of earthy hop flavor as well. Bitterness levels match up well. Mouthfeel is nice, high carbonation though. Drinkability is quite good, as it usually is with English Ales. Labeled as a strong ale, at 5.2% abv it is by British standards for cask ale, but in the US, its average gravity. Would drink again.

Jun 11, 2009
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AylwinForbes from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a considerable head which settles after a while; it leaves a good lacing on the glass. Moderate nose, malty and fruity. Strong tasting beer with hints of spice amidst the malt and touch of caramel. Lot of body makes for a good mouthful. I haven't had Thwaites before; I think it brings more of a northern style

Feb 25, 2008
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StJamesGate from New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold-red with a loose white head that fades fast but laces. Nose of summer forest and ripe fruit. Fruit Pastille/Jujyfruit orange malts, burnt toast in the middle, tightens to juicy clementine hops. Dry after, sticky for the med-light body. Gets bigger as it warms.

More intricate than the average English strong ale, and the hops make it a good summer drinker to boot.

Aug 13, 2009
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is bready with some lighter fruit. The flavor is grain, grassy hops and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not to much going on.

Jul 30, 2010
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dgilks from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty aroma with some yeast driven fruit character too. Pineapple and pear come through.

Pretty clear, orange-amber colour with a small, creamy off-white head.

Big malty flavour with some light caramel notes. A rich biscuity quality is nice too. A moderate bitterness helps balance it out but there is no hop flavour. Moderately estery.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Smooth and suitable for the style.

A tasty, easy to drink English ale. Plenty of malt character and a good fruitiness.

May 07, 2010
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ProfessorHomer from New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thwaites! Where has thoust been my whole life? Whilst not as wonderful as my beloved Flying Shuttle, this is one fine English Dark Ale. Recommended!

Brownish ale pors with a nice head and pretty lacing. Milder than some (Hobgoblin) English dark ales, it has finely balanced malts and hops, some hints of caramel and a orangy spice note. Heady creamy mouthfeel.

Professor Homer's second tasting of Thwaites and although he loved the Flying Shuttle more deeply, this sister ale is one fine-bodied and well-crafted beer.

And so now you know: Professor Homer may not love the English so much, but he sure does love their beers! Especially those from the Lake District of England approaching his beloved Scotland. Ah Scotland - home to men in skirts (kilts) and those fine winter wee heavies...

Jul 21, 2009
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OzarkElmo from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle. Pours a medium, mostly clear amber with slight off-white head. Definite nose of fruits, honey and caramel malt. Very well done brew, well balanced with hops and malt presence, but neither overbearing. Lacing throughout. A very enjoyable beer with medium body. Not too sweet, not too fruity, not too dry - Just perfectly bitter for my taste. Very surprised at the great taste since this is from bottle and not cask. CHEERS to Thwaites!

Oct 31, 2009
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Exiled from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dec 09, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale see thru amber colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with sporadic lacing here and there,it has big aromas of nice fruity hops,it has an average mouthfeel with a very dominant fruity hop driven taste that finishes quite sweet for the style with a barleywinish finish and no hint of alcohol whatsoever,a very easy beer to drink that wouldnt go out of my way for but wouldnt knock back if offered.

Aug 29, 2009
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 5,2% abv

Appearance: Nice amber-gold colour with a dense 1-finger thick head (dissipates rather fast but leaves reasonable lace).

Smell: Wonderfully malty, backed up nicely by a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness, followed by perfect hop bitterness. There are all the flavours and complexities you expect from the hops, but not overpowering. A quality brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and well balanced beer. I will definitely purchase this one again.

Mar 03, 2010
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iannutter from Chile

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Aug 11, 2014
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bucklemyshoe from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a hazy red-orange color with a finger of white head that lasts a while and laces okay for its low alcohol strength.

S: Sweet berries, strong breadiness, and buttery diacetyl.

T: Caramel, tangy apricot, berries, wet bread, and a bittering and dry finish.

M: It has medium body thickness and carbonation.

D: This is a solid drinking ale. However, I found humor in this being styled as "Enlish Strong Ale."

Feb 28, 2011
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intoxabroad from Taiwan

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Jun 16, 2014
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 15th, 2010.

A: Pours a clear gold with a three finger, creamy head of fair retention. Generally appealing.

Sm: Fresh. Pleasant. Light. Malt, hops, barley. Standard fare. My broken nose detects no fruit. Bottle advertises an orange finish.

T: Cream on the open, well built body for an English ale. I do get the orange on the finish, but also lots of hoppy goodness. Very well done.

Mf: Some nice coarseness on the finish and also some dryness, making me want another refreshing sip. This is mouthfeel done proper, though the coarseness is overdone.

Dr: Very good. Very pricey.

Dec 15, 2010
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shearer292 from Scotland

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured a dark amber with thick lasting white head, very carbonated which settled quite quickly.

Smell - light sweetness with traces of honey and citrus.

Taste - very easy and light with a biscuit taste, slight hints of fruit sweetness and as stated on the bottle there is a bitter orange finish, this lingers for a while but in a good way.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and coats the mouth well which i like and is very drinkable.

Overall - this is a very tasty beer, nothing complex or overpowering but delivers on flavour. and even though it seemed very carbonated when poured after drinking over half i had no excess gas or boating which seemed likely. would have again when looking for something smooth to relax.

Jun 14, 2011
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