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Site: http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

Pale Ale, 4.8%

A floral and hoppy pale ale, with well restrained bitterness, fine head and moderate retention. The key thing in this beer is the hop, the aroma of which dominates the flavour. There’s not too much bitterness though, and the effect is light, with hints of elderflower and lemon coming through. Sweetness is sufficient to handle the aroma, and the effect is a well balanced summer ale, which I could happily drink during a warm afternoon.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://standrewsbrewingcompany.com/beers/

IPA, 5.0%

A moderately hoppy British IPA, with fine white head and good retention. Initial flavours are somewhat sweet, with enough malt to give a well rounded mouth feel, but without a particularly malty flavour. Aromas are hop driven, as is the aftertaste, which is reasonably crisp and bitter. This lies fairly firmly in the category of British responses to American IPA, in that it’s not low alcohol and has plenty of hop, but is still a well balanced beer. I’ll be looking out for this one again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.fyneales.com/shop/beers/sanda-black-ipa

Black IPA, 5.5%

Another black IPA, bringing together a porter with an American IPA. Off-white head and reasonable retention, this is a semisweet beer, with bitter characteristics coming from both the dark malts and the hop. Initial flavours are sweet, but this rapidly gives way to a sour bitterness from the malt, which stays with you well into the aftertaste. Hop flavours are dominated by this, but are detectable in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer feels a little unbalanced. If you’re looking for a hoppy dark porter, then it’d be worth a go, but I don’t think I’ll be chasing it myself.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/shoreditch-triangle-ipa/

IPA, 6%

A hoppy and reasonably high-alcohol IPA, with off-white head and good retention. Amber in colour, this beer manages reasonably well to bring enough sweetness in to balance a very hoppy beer. Apparently there’s wheat and oats in the mix, but there’s only the vaguest hint of any wheaty aromatics. The rest is hop. Mouth feel is not particularly heavy, given the strength of the beer, but gives a satisfying aftertaste. The hopping leads to quite a bitter beer, with initial flavour having some floral notes, but the aftertaste being dominated by lingering bitterness. A worthy contribution to the style, but it won’t suit everyone.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.pointbeer.com/cascade-pale-ale/

Pale ale, 5.4%

An outstanding American Pale Ale, with a sweet flavour, plenty of aromatic hopping, and little head retention. In the tradition of American Pale Ales, this beer is a balance between a honey-like sweet flavour and the Cascade hop. Initially the mellow sweetness of the malt dominates, with only a slightly floral aroma. This is fairly quickly reversed, with the hop coming to prominence, but without excessive bitterness. The aftertaste remains balanced between these, with the hop flavours lingering nicely. I will be looking out for this one again.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.rooiedop.nl/our-beers/

Pale Ale, 4.9%

A slightly cloudy pale ale, with coarse white head and good retention. Initial aromas are floral and  hop heavy (the bottle says cascade, saaz and citra), and this is carried through into the main flavour. There’s little sweetness or malt character early on, and later it is still balanced out with the bitterness of the hop. The bitterness in this beer is definite, but the overall effect is highly aromatic, and fairly subtle. Overall, a good beer.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.360degreebrewing.com/beers

Pale Ale, 4.9%

A medium amber pale ale, with fine head and good retention. Initially, what you notice about this beer is the hop – there’s plenty of aroma there, and it hits you from the beginning. The initial flavour is also quite sweet, which balances well, and gives way to a delicate fruity and floral bitterness. Aftertaste continues to increase in bitterness, leaving a dry and firm lingering flavour. If you don’t like hop, then this is not a beer for you. If you do, then it is excellent.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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