47 / 100
330ml brown bottle with a style of "IPA-ish". Bottling date is 30/04/2015, so it's more than a year old. Best before claims it'll last two years, but I have my doubts. Purchased as part of a bulk order with some folks from work.
Pours a bright golden colour, with good intrinsic clarity to the body, but filled with tiny chunks of floating sediment. These don't haze up the body at all, but stay in suspension in clumps. Head froths up with large, persistent bubbles, causing a rocky, turbulent head. Chunky lace. Looks decent.
Nose definitely smells old. Musty, slightly oxidised characters give a hint of copper and heated aluminium foil. There's some hop character, but it's a kind of musty vegetal character. The good part is the malt, which is firm, savoury, slightly grainy and (just a little) grassy. It provides enough basis, but most of the other characters are past their prime.
Taste survives mostly due to the malt again. Here, it's genuinely pleasantly nutty and rounded, despite a relatively light body. It provides a semi-savoury basis, and the dulled metallic hops are muted as a result. There is some suggestion of their former glory, with a slight bitter orange note towards the back, but there's not really enough of them left.
Overall, don't believe the best before date. I don't know what this was like when it was fresh (although I'd certainly be keen to try it), but this is certainly tasting oxidised and past its prime. Despite the fact this reckons it's got another 10 or so months in it, this is only true if you ignore the style (-ish notwithstanding), or if you're expecting that very aged style. To me, it just tastes geriatric.