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Marble Lagonda IPA

Rating: 3.85

The penultimate beer from my recent, short visit to Manchester and this one was a beer that I didn’t really want to try given I’d stopped by the 57 Thomas Street bar in the city with a view of trying Marble’s Chocolate porter offering. As it turned out, the beer wasn’t available on my visit and I’d have to wait to try that beer but since I was in one of the brewery’s pubs I decided to try one of their other beers and finally settled for this, their Lagonda IPA. The beer is a year round offering from the Manchester brewery and one that I managed to sample on-tap at their third location, their imaginatively titled 57 Thomas Street bar. Although it meant that I still have to wait to try Marble Chocolate at some point in the future, I’m glad I got to try this one in the end as it proved to be quite a good IPA and one that I wouldn’t mind having again; now I just hope I can find some of the brewery’s beers north of the border.

Marble Lagonda IPA

Appearance (4/5): Pale golden in colour and semi-clear bodied with a thin, foamy white head on top that was patchy around the edges but covered most of the rest of the surface well.
Aroma (7/10): Starting with some pleasant, subdued hops and pine, this one came through with a decent citrus base on the nose that was fresh but perhaps not quite as strong as I’d been expected, seeming more like a session IPA in the early going. There was some pale malts and bread around the middle of the beer and some grassy hops followed towards the end to give a pleasant, rounded aroma but one that could definitely have been a little stronger.
Taste (8/10): Things picked up a little come the taste and the beer definitely seemed at least partially stronger here with some subtle pine hops and a good grapefruit burst to open things up with. There was some citrus flavours and the pale malts from the nose as featured alongside touches of bread around the middle. There was a nice mango taste and some pineapple that followed with hints of tropical fruits sneaking in as well to give a nice, and quite varied taste that was thankfully a bit stronger and more enjoyable than the nose.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and quite tangy thanks to the citrus, this one came through quite sharp towards the end with a crisp, well carbonated feel. The beer was very fresh and seemed bitter throughout thanks to the pine hops and grapefruit and the finish seemed to linger.

Overall (15/20): This one was a really nice first beer from Marble and one that seemed very fresh and quite hoppy with a lot of flavour, and this despite the fact that the nose couldn’t have been a little more pronounced to match the taste. There was a lot of citrus and some pleasant tropical fruits to go with the pine that made up the bulk of the taste with this beer but it was lively and interesting throughout with a nice balance that made it an easy one to drink; I’m already looking forward to trying a couple more beers from this brewery now.

Brewed In: Manchester, England, UK
Brewery: The Marble Arch
First Brewed: circa. 2005
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Draught (Schooner)
Purchased: 57 Thomas Street, Manchester, England
Price: £3.50 (approx.)

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  1. January 25, 2017 at 09:09

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