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

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Currently brewed at Burtonwood, of course, although the rebuilt Brakspear plant should be back online before too long. Despite being transplanted from its spiritual home, this is still a perfectly respectable copper coloured supping bitter with an intense bitter hop attack, but a hint of fruit and malt to compensate. Very dry finish. Handpump, Uxbridge Arms, Notting Hill Gate, London. (3.0) RE-RATE. August 2006, handpump at The Colonies, Westminster. The return to Oxfordshire seems to have pepped this beer up and this was a lovely pint of "ordinary" bitter in cracking condition. Lots of fruit, bags of bitterness, soft underlying malt and just a hint of "Burton snatch" type sulphur on the nose. A very welcome surprise.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (782) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Had this as Kings Head Best, poured a reddish brown with a small head, aroma and taste were malt with a hint of citrus hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamesie1857 (1396) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Cask at Rising Sun, Abbey Lane - Clear reddy brown, thick lacing head. Nose is caramel, malt and a bit of grass. Taste is a malt, toffee, raisin blend, with a metallic aftertaste. A bit standard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4360) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
Cask at the Woodmans Rest, Solihull. Poured a slightly hazy medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt light grass hop. The flavour is medium bitter with a chewy malt, hop, light spice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A decent smooth chewy session ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4082) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at the Beachy Head pub in Eastbourne. Absolutely recommendable one with some malt, few hops, bit cirtus and some chocolate in the back. Crispy, slightly bitter finish with an easy drinkability. Fine one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McTapps (4083) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Draught at the Beachy Head Pub in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep amber-brown colour with low head and flat body. Aroma of malt and barley with some caramel hints. Taste of malt, torf, barley, straw, mild nuts and light caramel. Well balanced bitterness. Refreshing and easy to drink, not a bad one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gegwilson (1178) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Cask in Turner’s Mill, Redcar. Amber with a white head. A really run of the mill bitter. Well made with a decent malty flavour and a little citrus hop, but nothing to make it stand out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (1955) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Cask@the bell, walsall. Amber beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is malts and biscuit with mild hop bittering. Ok beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Japalo (1174) - DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Cask@themalthouse. Copper clear brown. Small head. Served quite warm. Low carbonation as expected. Caramalty bread notes. Nutty too. Gentle with some bitter finish. First ale in London on the holiday before dinner.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoworsummer (2147) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at Max’s. Pours clear copper with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like light hops, dry cracker malt, grapefruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet, dry spice, cloves, biscuit malt, and cinnamon fruityness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3560) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at Max’s. Pours clear amber with thick, creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, light floral and grassy hops, and faint pear. Flavor is smooth malty base with light apple esters, light hop bitterness, and faint toast; creamy and smooth throughout. Medium body and carbonation.


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