Brewed by Allendale
Style: Bitter
Hexham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A traditional amber session bitter. Renamed and redesigned Best Bitter. Superbly balanced with a floral hop aroma from plenty of traditional English Goldings and Fuggles hops.

scotty's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotty (1070) - - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle, Waitrose Ponteland. Lovely clear amber colour but no head to speak of. Nice malty nose with underlying citrus notes. Quite full bodied with hint of sweet malt on the palate. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (3279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2015
On cask at thee Olde Ship Inn in Seahouses. Appearance - golden amber with a decent head. Nose - slightly elusive but oranges and biscuits. Taste - orange and biscuits again. Tasty. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall -nice ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fin (7894) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle as Alias Lindisfarne Holy Island Bitter, picked up by Isobel (thanks Isobel) from Holy Island (I believe) consumed at home Thursday 11th December 2014. Sadly this was a shocker, insipid, thin, watery beer. A touch of caramel, lacking in bitterness, in fact it is simply a case if where is the bloody flavour. Stick on a touristy Holy Island Bitter label and flog it for £2.90 (or whatever the scandalous price was) robbing gits, shameful! Btw are we sure this is still an alias, my rating seems quite out of kilter for what otherwise looks a pretty decent beer by Allendale and I wouldn’t wish to knock what appears to be a good beer. A4 A3 T3 P1 Ov7 1.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2728) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle from Fenwick, Newcastle. Bright amber coloured with spicy fruit and toffee flavours, malty and burnt toffee notes followed by citrus on the finish. Very good considering its’ low ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2014
500ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Sultanas, dried apricot and some floral notes in the aroma. Nicely balanced taste with sultanas, biscuity malt and a hint of apricot. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ken1 (1064) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
A fruity sweet aroma. Flavor is grape like bitter with a watery aftertaste. Color is dark amber with a white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12332) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from Alesbymail. Clear orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and moderate hoppy - grass. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 010214

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_hall (138) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Bottled. A clear, light copper colour, with noticeable carbonation but a minimal off-white head. Honeyed hops on the nose, with some citrus and malt too. A definite smokey malt flavour, but well balanced with a sweet start, drier middle, and clean, dry, bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13216) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle 500ml (AbM)
Clear amber/copper color, small white head. Caramel, grain and light hoppyness in the nose. Light bodied. English pale malty, typical English hoppyness. Nice late bitterness. Fruity sweetish notes. Quite classic English bottled bitter and stands much bolder than its 3.8 %.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Bottled (from AbM). Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is crystal malts, some slight floral and herbal notes along with a bit of toffee. Flavour is crystal malts, fruity and floral notes along with some slight toffeeish notes as well. A bit strong on the crystal malts, otherwise decent bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MichaelAwesome (4904) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Pouring in thin with a low head. Nose is also thin with some malty moments. Taste of caramel and malt with a decent dry finish. Drinkable and honest beer without being special in any way/

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