Roaring Meg | Springhead Fine Ales Ltd

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Springhead Fine Ales Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-13-2004

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by thepeter:
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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep yellow that reminded me of a dark urine color. The head lasted only minutes until it retreated into a light film leaving slippery but nice lacing.

S - Very slight aromas of bitter Citrus, hops and grass.

T - Very clean! Almost pilsner like in that it has a very staight forward flavor and not very much depth or complexity. Dry and a bit hoppy and just a spritz of citrus.

M&D - Smooth and dry, thin body but very refreshing. I thought it went well with my roast chicken. A great palate cleanser, and would be very nice on a sunny afternoon.

Will buy again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jackstubbs7
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hdtrice
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Brown bottle, best before April 2008, drank late April 2008. Always suspicious when a UK bitter bottle asks you to serve the beer chilled.

Poured into a straight sided pint sleeve glass after the aforementioned chilling.

Lager gold in colour, clear, clean and a steady stream of large bubbles rising to the weak white head. The head turned to a wispy covering too quicky for me, but otherwise it looked fine.

A Blonde beer it is then(the label says so too).

The aroma was of straw and lemony citrus smells, no beery malts or hops to be found.

The citrus aromas are very prevalent in the taste also, it is also dry and refreshing.

Fairly watery in the mouthfeel, but it does have a presence. The citrus flavours don't fade away and the dryness lingers too.

Not bad at all, a summer drink but with enough about it for you to drink it in the colder months too.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow sun clear body with huge thick pure white foaming head that almost reminds me of Rivendell lmao.

Aromas of cloves, semolina and limes.

Big grapefruit and gooseberry tastes fluted by real boozy ethanol notes hints of honey though thankfully very muted and subtle spicy notes and comforting flavours.

Good esay drinking very suppable mouthfeel despite the heavy alcoholic strength.

Good stuff.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a very pale straw yellow colour. White head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to thin layer... Some light lacing... Very little carbonation...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (apples, lemons and some grapefruits), cream soda hints, light biscuit malts, some vanilla, peppery, grassy / hay notes, some saltiness, faint corn notes, no real hops, light honey sweetness...

Taste – Quite tart spicy fruits (apples, pears, grapefruits and some lemons), grassy / floral hop notes, sea salt notes, light biscuity malts, some light sweetness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light body... pretty refreshing and drinkable - a decent session beer...

Overall - An OK beer - slightly better than expected.... nothing spectacular but worth a try...

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Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveUK
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - yellowish to golden brown, similar to other blonde beers. A half an inch head after pouring but it soon faded to a mild lacing around the edges of the glass. (served in a handled pint glass).

Aroma - an even balance of malt and floral to citrusy hoppyness, very pleasant.

Taste - a big hit of bitterness dominated by a citrus taste. A fairly long finish revealing a surprising roasted malty note.

Mouthfeel - fairly light after the initial bite of bitterness. Perhaps slightly over carbonated.

Drinkability - due to its intense flavour I gave this beer a 3. Very good accompanying food or as a pint to savour. But not a session beer or one for the unadventurous

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Macamah
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New on the shelves in the Sainsbury's supermarkets. 500ml brown glass bottle, filtered. BBE JUN 07, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark straw hue, much paler than I remember from my last pint on cask!! the white beer head is creamy and thick with very good retention, and the carbonation is incredibly quiet, ejecting med.-large bubbles from the bottom of the glass just occasionally.
S: Styrian Goldings? Or some continental aromatic hops used here, very pronounced, aromatic, intensely-citric almost like orangey syrup, as well as dried grassy, root-herbal... Vanilla-cream like maltiness and grainy notes stay firmly at the back, laced with mildly salty hint supposedly from hops as well as a restrained hint of sulphur (from yeasts then?!)... Refreshing yet focused the aroma is, spicy and fruity all way through~~
T: softly-fizzy on the texture, bringing aboard lots of delicious yet also refreshing edge of citric hops, gradually turning dried grassy, tangy-zesty, dry and very bitter, shattering the sides of the tongue towards the very end of tasting... Apparently bitter hops dominate the palate, yet the maltiness provide a sound backbone so that hops are not left singing Soprano without accompaniment of the string ensemble. Not particularly flavoursome aftertaste at the back, yet the impact of bittering hops is simply phenomenal.
M&D: refreshing on the mouthfeel, with just enough fizziness to keep a lively texture and retain a low profile vis-a-vis the hoppy flavour. A very nice hoppy beer this is, sharing lots of similarities with the likes of Hop Back Summer Lightning and JHB, and the body makes me suspect if even wheat-malt is added in the brew. Just as nice as my previous encounter with this beer in its cask-conditioned form~~

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Roaring Meg from Springhead Fine Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 15 ratings