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

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1360) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
On tap at Blackfriers in London. Finally a bitter with some decent bitter. Dark gold in color, Some fruity notes and of course little head or lacing. Bitterness lingers

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1592) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
[Cask at The Royal Oak, Ruscombe, Twyford] Amber with small white head. Aroma and intial taste dominated by sulphur and minerals - like spring water at a Victorian spa resort. If health farms sold beer, this might be what it tasted like! After a while you think you’re used to the sulphur, and start to sink into the welcoming arms of the underlying light, relaxing maltiness, with a little wood and a well-balanced bitterness. But then every now and then (eg if you burp) that sulphurous tang comes back to haunt you. It’s quite reminiscent of some of the Marstons beers (eg Pedigree) and I think given a few more beers you could get used to it and rather enjoy this distinctive brew. But on the basis of having tried just one pint, I was quite happy to order a different beer in the subsequent round.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (6796) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
Cask at EBF 2008. Golden coloured and almost clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Light malty aroma, flavor is mainly bitter. Finish is weak bitter, dry, watery.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
Cask at The Chequers, Oxford. Amber beer with a very sulfurous aroma with a lightly leathery back note. Earthy and woodsy but so sulfurous that it is quite distracting. A bit of fruit in the back along with some crackery malts, but the beer is in pretty poor condition.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
From cask. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Bitter and spiced aroma. Mild malty and bitter flavour. Dry and almost breadish. Ends with a mild spice note to the dry flavours in the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20822) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2008
Cask2008. Aroma is slightly eggy with fruits, nectar and a lot of caramel malts. Flavour is oak, spices, fruits and mild notes of vanilla. Very dry wood in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Cloudy amber with medium off white head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet flavor with toasted malt and floral hops. Mild bitter end.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wyzzywyz22 (1996) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2008
Cask, Oak and Saw, Taplow. Dark amber colour, no real head. Aroma is pretty gross - woody, sulphrous, festering ashtrays. Flavour isn’t much better, staleish, with some malt and a slightly bitterish finish. Insipid and frankly naff beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Cask at The Chequers, Oxford, 2nd May 2008. Rating this brings back memories of drinking it underage in London over a decade ago! Amber appearance, with a fine white head that dissipates leaving lacing behind. The aroma of hops and wet hay isn’t great but the taste is better with toffee malt matched by biting hops. Light and easy to quaff, it still has a decent amount of flavour given the low strength. A good lunchtime beer on a work day!

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4321) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Cask at The Holly Bush, Hampstead 28 Apr 08. Golden brown colored. A filmy head. Modest malty aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet fruity flavor - rapidly followed by a fruity bitterness. Great to food.


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