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Brewed by Bell Street (Brakspear)
Style: Bitter
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.
From 2013 production of the Cask version of this beer has moved to the Brewpub The Bull on Bell Street.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Well hopped and well balanced bitter nose. Pours a hazy pale amber. Flavour is very pleasant - fresh floral notes from the hop, a sweet malt balance, and a long bitter finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2857) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2011
Cask at the Bridge, Kingswinford. Pours dark orange with a medium head. Aroma was bitter orange hops. Taste had orange malt to start and an orange hop finish with some pine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9596) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 12, 2010
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2002) - Brakspear-brewed, not Wychwood
Rich orange, small head. Well balanced hoppy aroma, some fruity esters. Decent full malty body, but decently hopped too. Fruity hop finish. Anna says "yum". Rating rediscovered while packing for a move in 2010.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (273) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2010
The higher gravity makes it feel a little less bitter than the ordinary, but you still couldn’t call it sweet. Very distinctive flavour, I guess toffee and caramel but in unusual proportins and a very long bitter finish. One of those beers that it’s hard to mistake for anything else.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Deep copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of orange peel and caramel. Flavor starts with caramel and progresses to a bitter finish. Complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2007
Cask, various occasions at The Swan, Bicester. Copper colour with red hue, bit sweet, with plenty of toffee flavours, malty finishes bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2007
Cask hand-pump at the Crooked Billet, Wokingham. A deep golden colour with a white head; strong yeasty aroma; soft caramel sweet roasted malt flavour; with a rounded bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 21, 2007
Very deep red-brown colour. Hardly any head at all. Soft bit sweet roasty malty aroma. Soft, flat, toasty malty, caramel flavour. Soft long bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2006
[Cask at Troonfest] Aroma of toffee, nettles and cookie dough. medium body, dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2006
Aroma gives less than i may have wanted, malt character which seems to be common from this brewery. Taste is a bit richer, malts which give sweetness and hops which give spiceyness and orange peel, a good session ale.


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