Brewed by Brakspear (Refresh UK - Marstons plc)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
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Cask: Regular.
Brewed at Henley by Brakspear until 2002 when the brewery closed and Refresh UK bought the rights to the brand. The beer was then contract brewed at the Thomas Hardy (Burtonwood) brewery for Refresh until 2004 when production was transferred to a purpose built brewhouse at the Wychwood brewery which includes original Brakspear brewing equipment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (5910) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Rising Sun, Frampton Cotterell, S Gloucs 6/1/08. Deep copper colour with a decent, off-white head. Subdued aroma of fruity malt. Flavour had some malt to start before being overpowered by a peardrop/sulphur aftertaste. Not my kind of bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
[683-20070925] Cask @ Eagle & Child (Oxford, OX). Strong leafy fart aroma with notes of wood. Clear, amber orange body with a medium bubbly white head. Flavour has light toad-skin characteristics and earthy mushroom. Slimy medium body. Weird, not particularly pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7016) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Cask regularly, usually at the Swan Bicester Pours copper in colour with pretty good hop and malt nose and also some lingering fruit. Tastes malty at first but then some fruits come through followed by bitterness at end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
cask @ The Eagle and Child, Oxford. Copper in colour with well balanced aromas of earthy and floral hops, light malt, and just a touch of fruit. In the mouth, the lightly tangy hops play well against the delicate yet focused malt profile. Moderately bitter, and light bodied without being overly thin. Thirst quenching.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (8581) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Cask (Turf Tavern, Oxford) Light brown, small head. Slightly fruity aroma. Rich burnt malty and bitter taste. A little boring though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
Cask @ Bottle & Glass Inn, Henley. I foung this bitter quite thin and weak, with a sulphurous aroma. Don’t think I’ll be tempted by this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2007
Cask. This is a very good beer, bitter but nice, although the aftertaste hangs on for a while. Classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Dark amber with a off-white head. An dry aroma with notes of hay and hops. A flavor with some citrus and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (15503) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with some hoppy hints. Also some hints of honey. Sweet mlaty fruity finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
[CASK: The Conservative Club, Didcot, Oxfordshire 01/07/06] Being from Oxfordshire originally, I though I may be bias to local brews... howecer after trying this pint I was not overly impressed. It was OK, just nothing too special, especially nothing to shout about. Quite weak and mild and not very exciting.

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