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Marston's - Old Empire IPA

IPA from the UK 🇬🇧


Brewed by the Marston's Brewery

Burton Upon Trent, United Kingdom.

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A bit about the beer

Ingredients - Water, Hops - Goldings, Fuggles, American Cascade, Optic Malt

A couple of other offerings from Marston's have made their appearance on this blog, including Pearl Jet Stout and Pedigree Amber Ale, so check them out if you haven't already.

Back to their IPA offering. The official description is that it is "a memorable and deceptively easy-drinking IPA. This is an authentic recreation of the beer style created for, and enjoyed throughout the Empire. Goldings, Fuggles and American Cascade hops combine to give a crisp, citrus hop aromas, with a balanced, bittersweet finish".

For me, it poured a very light amber colour with an off-white head that doesn't last very long. It has some familiar aromas prominent in IPAs which includes fruitiness and lots of citrusy hops. The taste however is where it falls a bit flat for me. It has some notes of pine and plum and slight biscuity hints, but all to underwhelming. It tasted a bit watered down. The finish and aftertaste is better, but also doesn't provide the bitterness and hoppiness that is to be expected from a proper IPA.

Not a bad beer in its own rights, I think maybe I have just had a series of great IPAs recently which resulted in my experience with the Old Empire not being a very memorable one.

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