Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Southampton Burton IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (874) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date whatsoever.

Appearance: Hazy complexion of rusty orange/light brown. Forms a good sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Rather sweet and malty for the style. Yellow lollipops, some caramel and a hint of stone fruit.

Taste: I’m not sure why American breweries make English-style beers when their target audience wants American-style beers. There are a few other of these beers on the market and many are superior to Southampton Burton IPA. This definitely has that classic British character of light confectionery notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of honey. There’s a burst of hop bitterness at the apex of the swig that’s noticeably sharp, but it fades away as quickly as it appears. I notice some apricot or peach-like flavors on the aftertaste, which are nice, but muted. I also detect a twang or sourness which I’d attribute to this likely being an old bottle. It’s a fine palette overall, but nothing particularly impressive.

Drinkability: A medium body all around. Mouthfeel isn’t too thick, but is far from thin. A good level of carbonation to give it some energy across the tongue. Slightly dry aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable. At only 6.5% ABV it seems rather inefficient and under attenuated. 
Grade: 6/10

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