Pour fairly clear with a partial haze (not a chill haze as it was at good serving temperature). Frothy, light tan foam filled almost have the glass. Retreated nicely, creating pock marks as it did so.
Aroma is malt forward, a little more than expected. Roasted, bread, and toasted malt titillate the senses. Fruity hops (?) but that might be a stretch.
Taste is bitter up front, sometimes lasting, sometimes giving away to a muted middle that livens up in the end: bread and toasted malt with another round of citrus bitterness. Very late in the finish the beer gives a nice warming sensation to the tummy. After a while the hop bitterness tends to stay with you.
Medium bodied with about the same amount of carbonation.
The hop bite in the end is more reminiscent of American IPAs while the malt backbone definitely holds up the English roots. Almost like a cross breed of a beer. I have to say this style isn't my favorite but this beer makes me darn happy. Enjoy!
"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!" - Brian O'Rourke